by Adam Martin
UFC on FOX Sports 1 2 also got a slew of new matchups today.
The UFC today announced four new fights for the card, which takes place August 28 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. They are:
Welterweight bout: Kelvin Gastelum vs. Paulo Thiago
Women’s bantamweight bout: Sara McMann vs. Sarah Kaufman
Middleweight bout: Bubba McDaniel vs. Brad Tavares
Welterweight bout: James Head vs. Bobby Voelker
Gastelum (6-0) recently won the TUF 17 middleweight tournament with a surprise decision win over the favored Uriah Hall and is now dropping down to the welterweight division. The 21-year-old is an exceptional talent and this fight against Thiago was booked in order for him to get a win at his new weight class as he continues to march up the ladder.
Thiago (15-5) recently defeated Michel Prazeres at UFC on FX 8 to return to the win column. The 32-year-old is a former contender in the welterweight division, but he’s fallen on hard times and has lost four of his last six fights. He’ll need to win against Gastelum in order to guarantee his employment with the UFC but this will be a very difficult matchup for him to win.
McMann (7-0) made her UFC debut at UFC 159 and defeated Sheila Gaff via first-round TKO. The 32-year-old is an amazing wrestler and won a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Summer Games and has so far transferred her skills well into MMA, where she’s undefeated and looking more and more like a future champion each fight out.
Kaufman (16-2) is the former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion and will be making her UFC debut at this event. The 27-year-old Canadian is an exceptional talent and if she takes out the rising McMann, look for her to be next in line for a shot at the title.
McDaniel (21-6) was a contestant on TUF 17 and defeated Gilbert Smith via submission at the TUF 17 Finale. The 30-year-old is a teammate of UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and is a very solid ground fighter but he’ll be facing a young and hungry fighter in the form of Tavares here and it’s quite a difficult fight for him.
Tavares (10-1) is a solid 5-1 in the UFC and is currently riding a three-fight win streak. The 25-year-old is one of the better middleweight prospects the UFC has and it’s surprising he wasn’t given a bigger name than McDaniel for his next fight but this should be a relatively easy matchup for him and he’ll likely improve to 6-1 in the UFC, which will set him up for a bigger fight his next time out.
Head (9-3) was supposed to fight Nick Catone at UFC 159 but the fight was scratched last minute when Catone couldn’t make the weight cut safely and had to go to the hospital. The 29-year-old Head is a very solid grappler and has slick boxing skills which makes for a very good matchup against a similar fighter in the form of Voelker.
Voelker (24-9) made his UFC debut at UFC 158 but lost a controversial decision to Patrick Cote. The 34-year-old is a very solid fighter in all realms of the game but he’ll likely be in a must-win situation when he squares off against Head, so expect a great performance out of him.
UFC on FOX Sports 1 2 is headlined by a five-round welterweight bout between Martin Kampmann and Carlos Condit and is shaping up to be a fantastic free TV card.
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