Hard-hitting welterweight Dan Hardy has
been forced out of his planned UFC on Fox
77 confrontation with Matt Brown,
who will now instead face Canadian prospect Jordan Mein
at the April 20 event.
UFC officials announced the news late Thursday night. UFC on
Fox 7 takes place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., and will
Henderson defend his UFC lightweight title against former
Strikeforce ruler Gilbert
Melendez in the evening’s main event. The show’s main draw airs
live on Fox’s flagship network, while FX and Facebook will
broadcast the preliminary card immediately prior.
Brown, 32, rebounded from three straight losses in 2010 to win five
of his last six bouts. “The Immortal” currently rides a four-fight
winning streak, earning victories over Chris Cope,
Thompson and Luis Ramos to
begin 2012 before knocking out Mike Swick to
close out his 4-0 year at UFC on Fox 5.
Nine years younger than his upcoming foe, Mein already owns 35 pro
outings to his credit. The surging prospect has won nine of his
last 10 fights, posting a 2-1 record in the Strikeforce cage before
making an noteworthy Octagon debut at UFC 158. “Young Gun” finished
veteran Dan Miller at
the March 16 event, escaping an early armbar attempt to stop the
New Jersey native with strikes late in the first round.