The UFC didn’t have to look too far for a replacement to face Paulo Thiago at UFC 109 as Mike Swick will step in to replace his fallen American Kickboxing Academy teammate, Josh Koscheck, at the February 6th event.
MMAFighting.com, who was the first to report Koscheck’s exit from the UFC 109 card, also broke the news on Thiago’s new foe.
Swick holds an impressive 14-3 record, but dropped a lopsided unanimous decision to Dan Hardy at UFC 105 last month. The loss marked his first L since dropping to the welterweight division back in January of 2008.
Speaking of nasty records, Thiago boasts a 12-1 mark of his own – with seven of his victories coming via submission. The Brazilian’s only loss came at the hands of his American Kickboxing Academy teammate Jon Fitch at UFC 100.
UFC 109 is rumored to be taking place inside the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas. Here is how the re-vamped card now shapes out:
Justin Buchholz vs. Mac Danzig
Melvin Guillard vs. Ronnys Torres
Tim Hague vs. Chris Tuchscherer
Phil Davis vs. Brian Stann
Rob Emerson vs. Phillipe Nover
Rolles Gracie vs. Mostapha Al Turk
Paulo Thiago vs. Jon Fitch
Matt Serra vs. Frank Trigg
Nate Marquardt vs. Chael Sonnen
Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman