With GSP Vs Carlos Condit being pulled from October 29th’s UFC 137 event the show required one of the preliminary fights to be bumped up to the main card, and the promotion today announced that Brad Tavares Vs Dustin Jacoby will get that opportunity.
Tavares, who came into the UFC via The Ultimate Fighter season 11, is currently 2-1 during his time in the Octagon and is hoping rebound from a loss to Aaron Simpson back in July.
Meanwhile Jacoby is thrown straight into the spotlight for his UFC debut which comes after he notched up a 6-0 start to his professional mixed martial arts career in the space of 10 months.
On reflection it’s a somewhat curious decision by the UFC given that the PPV card has undoubtedly taken a big hit with the loss of GSP Vs Condit.
There’s better known fighters elsewhere on the line-up that could have been chosen – Donald Cerrone Vs Dennis Siver for instance which currently will be aired live on Spike TV would have been an excellent choice, or even the likes of Scott Jorgensen Vs Jeff Curran and Brandon Vera Vs Eliot Marshall which are scheduled to be stream via Facebook earlier in the evening.
When all’s said and done however it’s still likely to be the new main event between BJ Penn and Nick Diaz that’s going to ensure that this pay-per-view is still a must-see.