The Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) newest welterweight fighter has his debut bout set as Brandon Thatch will take on Justin Edwards at the second UFC on FOX Sports 1 event on Aug. 28, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Thatch officially signed on with the organization in early May and after nearly two months of waiting, has finally found out that he will grace the Octagon for the first time this summer.
UFC officials announced the 170-pound match up via Twitter on Wednesday (June 5, 2013) evening.
Thatch (9-1) last competed in the main event of Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) 7 last March where he submitted Mike Rhodes with a rear-naked choke just over two minutes into the first round.
First-round finishes are a common theme for Thatch, as he has earned all nine of his professional wins by stopping his opponent by (technical) knockout or submission in the opening frame.
The 27-year-old wastes no time when he steps into the cage, which will be a more than welcomed style of fighting under the bright lights of the UFC
Edwards (8-2) will enter the cage with a heightened sense of confidence on the heels of the biggest win of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career as he submitted longtime veteran of the sport Josh Neer in just 45 seconds back at UFC on FX 5 in Oct. 2012.
"Fast Eddy" has been forced to sit on the sidelines since that career defining victory and the road won't get easier going forward as he has been paired against one of the brightest welterweight prospects in the world.
During his four-fight stint with the UFC the 30-year-old has gone 2-2 and will attempt to win back-to-back fights in the organization for the first time in Indianapolis.
It is unknown at this time where Thatch vs. Edwards will be placed on the card.
UFC on FOX Sports 1 #2 goes down Aug. 28, 2013 from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. A welterweight rematch between Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann serves as the main event of the evening while lightweights Donald Cerrone and Rafael dos Anjos meet up in the co-headliner.
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