Injuries have forced the UFC to re-work two upcoming fights originally scheduled for UFC 138, as Oli Thompson is out of a planned bout with Philip De Fries, and John Hathaway will be unable to face off with Matt Brown.
In place of Thompson, De Fries will meet England’s Rob Broughton. Broughton (15-6-1) will be competing in his native country just a few short weeks after falling to Travis Browne at UFC 135. This will be the Octagon debut for De Fries, who is 7-0 in his career with seven submission victories.
Brown (12-10) now gets Seth Baczynski (14-6) instead of Hathaway. Brown is 5-4 in his UFC career, winning his last fight, while Baczynski is 1-1 inside the Octagon.
The De Fries-Broughton fight will remain as scheduled for UFC 138 in Birmingham, England on November 5, while Brown and Baczynski’s bout has been moved back a few weeks to November 19 and UFC 139 in San Jose, California.
UFC 138, which will be broadcast via tape-delay on Spike TV, features a main event pitting Chris Leben against Mark Munoz in the first non-title, five-round affair, while the headliner for UFC 139 boasts Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
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MMATraining Take: This is an excellent opportunity for Broughton to get back on track after a disappointing performance against Browne. He will be fighting in his home country, and should be in much better shape due to not having to worry about flying to the U.S. For Brown, this seems like a do-or-die bout, and Baczynski may prove to be a little easier of an opponent than Hathaway.