An injury to John Hathaway has forced to the UFC to shake up the upcoming UFC 189 card.

With Hathaway’s no longer fit to fight, his original opponent, Brandon Thatch will now meet Gunnar Nelson, who was scheduled to fight John Howard earlier in the night. As a result, Howard will now meet Cathal Pendred. SevereMMA was the first to report the addition of Pendred.

Thatch (11-2), a Denver native, was originally scheduled to face Jordan Mein at UFC Fight Night 49 before being forced to pull out with a toe injury. In his most recent, fans saw him on the wrong end of a thrilling come from behind submission to Benson Henderson at UFC Fight Night 60 in February. This setback not only snapped his 10 fight win streak, but marked the first time in his career he was finished. Prior to this performance ‘Ruckus’ walked away with a first round submission win over Paulo Thiago at UFC Fight Night 32 in November 2013. Thatch also boasts an astounding record of six career knockouts ending in less than a minute.

Nelson (13-1-1), a member of the famed Straight Blast Gym in Ireland, will be looking to bounce back from the first loss of his career after  dropping a heart fought split decision to Rick Story in October. Prior to this setback, ‘Guni’ was riding a 14 fight unbeaten streak, including four straights wins under the UFC banner. He will enter this bout with 12 career stoppage wins, with nine ending by way of submission.

Howard (22-10), a former Ring of Combat and CES MMA middleweight champion, will enter this bout looking to put an end to his three fight losing streak, with his most recent ending in a first round TKO loss to Lorenz Larkin at UFC Fight Night 59 in January. Prior to this string of losses, the man known as ‘Doomsday’ picked up two straight victories, including an upset victory over The Ultimate Fighter 17 standout Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night 26. Howard will enter this bout with 15 career stoppage victories, including nine by way of knockout.

Pendred (17-2-1), a cast member during season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter, was last seen earning a decision win over Augusto ‘Dodger’ Montaño at UFC 188 just a few weeks ago. This extended the Irishman’s unbeaten streak to 12 straight. He will enter this bout with seven career stoppage wins, including six by way of knockout.

UFC 189 is currently scheduled to take place on July 11 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. A featherweight title fight between 145-pound kingpin Jose Aldo and Irish megastar Conor McGregor will serve as the headlining act while a welterweight title fight between newly crowned champion Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald will meet in the co-main event.


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