After a back injury recently forced Thiago Silva out of an expected light heavyweight meeting with Tim Boetsch, UFC newcomer Todd Brown has seized the opportunity and stepped up to the plate to face Boetsch in his absence.
The pair will square off during UFC 117 on August 7 from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
News of Silva’s injury and Brown’s late substitution comes from a recent report from MMAJunkie.com.
Brown holds a professional record of 11-1 and most recently scored a first round TKO over Rodney Sleepers in November of 2009, while Boetsch, a 4X UFC vet, returns to the promotion following three consecutive wins since being released with an Octagon record of 2-2 in March of 2009.
UFC 117 will be headlined by a middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen.