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Brandon Thatch replaces Thiago Alves vs. Jordan Mein at UFC Fight Night 49

A battle of welterweight prospects is set for UFC Fight Night 49 after Thiago Alves has been removed from the card due to a knee injury. Taking Alves’ place will be Brandon Thatch, who will fight Jordan Mein on the main card. The card is headlined by a lightweight bout between Benson Henderson and Rafael dos Anjos, and will be held at the BOK Centre in Tulsa, OK on August 23.

Brandon Thatch has quickly established himself as one to watch in 2014 after successive UFC wins over Justin Edwards and Paulo Thiago, defeating both respected veterans in the first round. Thatch has an incredible 11-1 record, with all eleven of his wins being finishes in the first round. His sole defeat took place in just his second professional MMA fight, and came by way of split decision.

Just 28 and with a ton of hype, ‘Rukus’ will step into the Octagon for the first time since November 2013 after taking time off to recover from niggling injuries.

Thiago Alves has been forced out of the contest due to a knee injury, after making his long awaited return at UFC on FOX 11, defeating Seth Baczynski. The return marked his first fight in 25 months, with ‘Pitbull’ renowned for being injury plagued. This setback is unfortunate for the Brazilian, who was hoping to keep active after his time away. According to MMAjunkie, the injury may not result in another surgery.

Jordan Mein remains on the card to fight ‘Rukus’, after rebounding from a short notice loss against Matt Brown with a decision win over Hernani Perpetuo in April. Mein has gone 2-1 inside the UFC, and has fought an impressive 37 times despite being just 24 years of age. The Canadian will look for his third UFC victory, as will Thatch, in a contest that promises fireworks.

Brandon Thatch vs. Jordan Mein will take place on the main card of UFC Fight Night 49, which will air on FOX Sports 1 on August 23.

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