With the announcement of Jason “Mayhem” Miller taking the coaching spot opposite of Michael Bisping for the next season of the Ultimate Fighter, Aaron Simpson has been left with no opponent at UFC 132 on July 2. Early Tuesday morning the UFC announced that TUF season 14 semi-finalist Brad Tavares has verbally agreed to replace Miller and face the “A Train” head on.
Tavares comes in to the fight boasting a solid 7-0 record while being 2-0 in the UFC. His debut was a solid one at TUF 11 Finale edging out a solid unanimous decision against Seth Baczynski, a fellow TUF 11 participant and opponent. The Hawaiian native added a solid notch to his belt at UFC 125 with a first round knockout of UFC veteran Phil Baroni.
Aaron Simpson will be a definite step up in competition for the 23 year old Xtreme Couture fighter. Simpson, an NCAA Division I wrestler comes in to the bout with a 9-2 record, 6 of those victories by knockout. The 36-year-old has had a rough 11 months in the octagon, going 1-2 in his last three fights, including a knockout loss to a surging Chris Leben and a unanimous decision to a solid Mark Munoz.
UFC 132 will be headlined by the promotions first ever Bantamweight title bout between Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber. The card is a solid one with match ups between Chris Leben and Wanderlei Silva, Carlos Condit and Dong Hyun Kim, Tito Ortiz and Ryan Bader and more.