The winds of change have blown through the UFC 138 lineup, resulting in a pair of new match-ups after injuries forced the withdrawal of two fighters who have since been replaced in their respective bouts.
In one case, Matt Brown will actually no longer compete on the November 5 card where he had been scheduled to scrap with John Hathaway. “The Immortal” will instead fight a few weeks later at UFC 139 and face fellow TUF alumnus Seth Baczynski.
Brown is coming off a job-saving win from this past June where he snapped a three-fight losing streak by outpointing John Howard, while Baczynski strung together a trio of victories after dropping a decision to Brad Tavares at the Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale. “The Polish Pistola” was last seen in September making a successful return to the Octagon by submitting Clay Harvison at UFN 25.
While Brown may have been removed from UFC 138 altogether, newcomer Philip de Fries will remain on the upcoming U.K. event and will now face fellow Brit Rob Broughton instead of original opponent Oli Thompson (a man Broughton actually holds a recent win over). The 25-year old De Fries will be making his UFC debut at the event after racking up 7-0 record with seven submissions thus far since turning pro two-and-a-half years ago.
Both bouts were officially announced by the UFC.
UFC 138 is headlined by hard-hitting fan-favorite Chris Leben taking on powerful grappler Mark Munoz and also features action from Thiago Alves, Michihiro Omigawa, and a number of area products bound to keep the British crowd happy.
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