A match featuring UFC lightweight competitors Thiago Tavares and Matt Wiman has been scheduled for UFC 85 on June 7 in London, according to a report from Sherdog.com.
“My manager, Alex Davis, just confirmed this fight,” Tavares is quoted as saying in Sherdog’s report. “I am very happy with the choice of this opponent because he is a tough guy who is coming off three wins in a row, and I think we will make a great fight for the public. I like to face those tougher guys, and I thought this is a great opportunity.”
Tavares, a native Brazilian, is widely regarded as one of the top lightweight prospects in all of MMA. After starting his career with an undefeated record of 10-0, Tavares made his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 9 last April, where he recorded a unanimous decision victory over Naoyuki Kotani.
Tavares upped his record to 12-0 when he submitted Jason Black with a triangle during his second UFC fight at UFC Fight Night 10 on June 12. He suffered his first career loss this past September at UFC 76 when he sustained a unanimous decision loss at the hand of Tyson Griffin. He would go on to rebound at UFC Fight Night 12 this past January with a unanimous decision win over Michihiro Omigawa.