Former WEC champion Mike Brown is set to fill in for the injured Sean Soriano, facing Estevan Payan at UFC on FOX 11 on April 19. Brown suffered a 50-second knockout loss at the hands of Steven Siler in his last bout, returning from potential retirement and a 15-month layoff. Now, Brown will be hoping to prove he is still relevant in the featherweight division with a win over Payan.
Though just 2-3 inside the Octagon, Brown is one of the most respected featherweights in the sport. With wins over the likes of Urijah Faber, Leonard Garcia and Jeff Curran, he has an impressive resumé which also contains the WEC featherweight title. Though he lost the title to Jose Aldo, who has since gone on to become the UFC 145lbs champion and has beaten everyone in his path since, Brown is still eager to prove himself inside the UFC.
Jordan Mein has also received a replacement after Santiago Ponzinibbio pulled out of the bout for a hitherto undisclosed reason. Mein was viewed as a prospect at welterweight, but a knockout loss to Matt Brown in an entertaining fight halted the hype train. Now, the Canadian is hoping to get back on track with a win over his replacement opponent.
Mein will face UFC newcomer Hernani Perpetuo, who will enter the Octagon riding a seven fight win streak. 17-3 (1NC) as a professional, the 28 year old has been fighting on the regional circuit his entire career. Wins over Daniel Acacio and, most recently, Tommy Depret raised some eyebrows, and it was just a matter of time before Perpetuo would be competing in the big leagues. Now, the Brazilian will be fighting an established fighter in Jordan Mein, hoping to continue his winning streak and establish himself in the welterweight division.
Both bouts will be contested on the preliminary card of the stacked FOX event, with both likely serving on the UFC Fight Pass portion.
UFC on FOX 11 is headlined by a pivotal heavyweight clash between Travis Browne and Fabricio Werdum. The card is set for the Amway Centre in Orlando, FL on April 19.