Brandon Thatch has made quick work of his first two UFC
opponents. | Photo: Isaac Hinds/Sherdog.com
One of mixed martial arts’ most highly-regarded prospects will
return to the Octagon next month.
Elevation Fight Team representative Brandon
Thatch will replace the injured Thiago Alves
and face Jordan Mein
at UFC Fight Night in Tulsa, Okla., on Aug. 23. Promotion officials
announced the change on Wednesday; details of Alves’ injury were
UFC Fight Night “Henderson vs. dos Anjos” takes place at the
BOK Center and is headlined by a lightweight tilt pitting Benson
Henderson against Rafael dos
Thatch has impressed in his brief UFC tenure, earning first-round
stoppages of Justin
Edwards and Paulo
Thiago in his first two Octagon appearances. “Rukus” has lost
just once in 12 professional outings overall, finishing all of his
victories inside of a round.
The 24-year-old Mein already has 37 pro bouts to his credit. “Young
Gun” is 2-1 in the UFC, capturing a split verdict over Hernani
Perpetuo in his last appearance this past April.
Alves recently returned to the cage following a two-year hiatus. It
was a successful venture for the American Top Team product, as he
Baczynski at UFC on Fox 11.