Ben Saunders (5-0-2) has a new opponent lined up with less than two weeks until UFC 87: "Seek and Destroy" at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn., on August 9.
Ryan Thomas (9-1) will step up on short notice for Jared Rollins. No reason was provided for the last minute switch.
Thomas is on a two-fight win streak under the Extreme Challenge banner, which is based out of Illinois. He appears to be a finisher -- none of his pro fights have ever gone the distance -- who has a nice mix of submissions and (technical) knockouts to his credit.
This will mark his Octagon debut.
Saunders will look to build on his unanimous decision win over Dan Barrera at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 6 Finale back in December 2007. He was eliminated during the quarterfinals of the mixed martial arts reality series when he ran into eventual finalist, the "Farm Boy" Tommy Speer.
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