It looks like the trilogy will have to wait.

Just a few weeks after reports surfaced stating the UFC was targeting the rubber match between former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks and current champion Robbie Lawler as the main event of an upcoming UFC fight card, the world’s premiere mixed martial arts promotion dropped a bomb on us.

On Tuesday, the UFC announced Hendricks has been slated to face Matt Brown, not Lawler, at UFC 185 in Dallas this March.

Hendricks (16-3) previously defeated Lawler by unanimous decision following their thrilling ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate at UFC 171 in March 2014, winning the vacant 170-pound title in the process. However, after a long layoff due to injury, ‘Big Rigg’ dropped the belt in his rematch against Lawler at UFC 181 this past December. He will enter this bout with 9 career stoppage wins, including eight by way of knockout, and a uFC record of 11-3.

Brown (19-12), a veteran of the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter,  was originally scheduled to face former Strikeforce champion Tarec Saffiedine in the main event of UFC Fight Night 60 in February before an injury forced Saffiedine off the card. In his most recent effect fans saw “The Immortal” drop a decision loss to current number one contender Robbie Lawler in the main event of UFC on FOX 12 in July, earning a Fight of the Night bonus in the process. This loss snapped Brown’s seven-fight streak, which included five straight by way of knockout and two Fight of the Night bonuses. He will enter this bout with 17 career stoppage victories and a UFC record of 12-6.

UFC 185 is currently scheduled to take place on March 15 at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, TX. A lightweight title fight between reigning champion Anthony Pettis and the surging Brazilian Rafael dos Anjos will serve as the main event.

Following the announcement, the  UFC also announced the welterweight matchup between Brandon Thatch and Stephen Thompson, which was originally scheduled for the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 60, has been promoted to the headlining act.

Thatch (11-1), a Denver native, will enter this as one of the hottest prospects in all of mixed martial arts. In his most recent outing, ‘Ruckus’ walked away with a first round submission victory over Paulo Thiago at UFC Fight Night 32 in November 2013. This performance not only marked Thatch’s second straight win under the UFC banner, but also gave him his 10th straight first round stoppage victory. However, various injuries have continued to plague 29-year-old’s promising career. He was originally scheduled to face Jordan Mein at UFC Fight Night 49 before being forced to pull out with a toe injury. Thatch also boasts an astounding record of six career knockouts ending in less than a minute.

Thompson (10-1), a multiple time kickboxing champion, will enter this bout riding a four-fight win streak, with his lone career loss coming against the red-hot Matt Brown back in 2012.. In his last fight, fans saw the man known as ‘Wonderboy’ earn a decision victory over Patrick Côté at UFC 178 in September. Prior to this win, Thompson walked away with back-to-back TKO victories over Chris Clements and TUF: Smashes winner Robert Whittaker.

UFC Fight Night 60 is currently scheduled to take place on  Saturday, February 14 at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado. The main card is expected to air on FOX Sports 1.

 

 

 

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José began his career as a mixed martial arts journalist while still enrolled at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University. Since graduating in May 2013, he has attended dozens of high profile UFC fight cards as a credentialed member of the media, providing live cage side coverage through his articles and videos. His work has appeared on UFC.com, ArizonaSports.com and AZCentral. He is also currently one of the main contributors on Power MMA Show at Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, one of the first all MMA radio shows on a major radio station.