Welterweight prospect Brandon Thatch has been forced to pull out of his fight with Jordan Mein at UFC Fight Night 49 due to a compact toe fracture on his left foot. Thatch stepped in for Thiago Alves for the bout, though his injury has left Jordan Mein once again seeking a replacement opponent.
Luckily, with 3 weeks left until the event, there is still plenty of time for the UFC to find Mein an adequate replacement, with the Canadian set to fight on the main card of the August 23 card.
Brandon Thatch was searching for his third victory, though he will have to wait for the opportunity after being sidelined once again due to injury. Thatch hasn’t fought since November 2013, where he defeated Paulo Thiago via TKO in the first round. After two dominant victories since signing with the promotion, the 11-1 Thatch has built a reputation as one of the biggest up-and-comers at 170lbs.
Jordan Mein has gone 2-1 since signing with the UFC in 2013, and had an attention-grabbing debut with his finish over tough veteran Dan Miller. After losing a short notice bout against Matt Brown, Mein followed up with a close win over Hernani Perpetuo, which was his tenth win in his last twelve bouts.
Potential opponents for Mein include the likes of Rick Story, Alexander Yakovlev and Peter Sobotta, or the UFC may opt to take either Neil Magny or Alex Garcia out of their scheduled bout, and find a replacement opponent. The UFC are yet to officially announce the news, though ‘Rukus’ took to Twitter to share this graphic photo (click on the embedded tweet below to see the gruesome injury).
I’m bummed to say I have to pull out of my fight against Jordan Mein. I compound fractured my toe yesterday pic.twitter.com/6jhh05L8Yp
— Brandon Thatch (@RUKUSMMA303) August 2, 2014
Here’s wishing Thatch a speedy recovery, and that the UFC are able to find a replacement opponent for Jordan Mein on the card.
UFC Fight Night 49 is headlined by a lightweight bout between former champion Benson Henderson and #5 ranked Rafael dos Anjos, and will be held at BOK Centre in Tulsa, OK on August 23.