Former welterweight number one contender, Thiago Alves, who returned to the Octagon earlier this year with a dominant unanimous decision win over the gritty Seth Baczynski at UFC on FOX 11, has once again been injured and forced to withdraw from an event.
"Pitbull" hurt his knee, according to MMA Junkie, but will not require surgery.
Taking over for the Brazilian at the UFC Fight Night 49 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which takes place on Aug. 23, 2014 inside BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is top division prospect Brandon Thatch (11-1), who KOed Paulo Thiago with a knee to the body last November.
Opposing him is Canadian "Young Gun" Jordan Mein (28-9), who grabbed a win last April in the "Sunshine State" by outpointing Hermani Perpetuo. The victory was his second inside the Octagon after transitioning from Strikeforce in March 2013.
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UFC Fight Night 49, headlined by a lightweight contender's fight pitting former division champion Ben Henderson against streaking Brazilian stalwart Raphael dos Anjos, airs on FOX Sports 1 with "Prelims" bouts streaming live on the promotion's new "Fight Pass" digital network.
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