After Brandon Thatch suffered a toe injury a matter of days ago, Jordan Mein has now found a third opponent in the form of Mike Pyle, after Pyle’s originally opponent Demian Maia suffered an injury taking him out of the same card. The two are set to compete in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 49 at BOK Centre in Tulsa, OK, with a main event between Benson Henderson and Rafael dos Anjos on August 23.
38-year old MMA veteran Mike Pyle has compiled a 9-4 record inside the Octagon, with his last three losses coming against top 10 opponents. Pyle recently bounced back from a 29-second TKO loss to Matt Brown with a third round stoppage of his own against TJ Waldburger, his fourth win in five bouts. He now stands at #13 in the welterweight rankings, and a win over Jordan Mein will put him on the brink of top 10 status.
Despite still being just 24 years of age, Jordan Mein has more experience than the man 14 years his senior, fighting an astonishing 37 times, going 28-9 as a professional. ‘Young Gun’ has gone 2-1 inside the Octagon, with his only loss coming against highly touted Matt Brown in a fun fight on short notice. Mein showed his potential in the fight, and has won ten of his last twelve, including victories over the likes of Josh Burkman, Dan Miller and Joe Riggs.
In an official statement on the welterweight shake-up, the UFC had this to say.
Injuries to Demian Maia and Brandon Thatch have forced them from their August 23 bouts against Mike Pyle and Jordan Mein, respectively.
Pyle and Mein weren’t without opponents for the Tulsa event for long though, as the two welterweight standouts will now face each other in the UFC Fight Night co-main event.
It is yet to be confirmed whether a new bout will be added to the card, or if the Tulsa event will proceed with ten bouts. The bout marks the first time either fighter has fought in a UFC co-main event, and a win for Mein could see him slotted into the UFC rankings for the first time.