Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson is still set to make his promotional debut at UFC 143 on Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas, but he’ll now face a fellow newbie instead of UFC veteran Justin Edwards.
With Edwards forced off the card due to undisclosed reasons, Thompson is now set to face Dan Stittgen, MMAWeekly.com confirmed with sources close to the fight. FightCove.com first reported the switch.
Thompson (5-0) makes his way to the cage having fought his way up through various regional promotion in the South, while Stittgen (7-1) has competed primarily on the Midwest circuit. Interestingly enough, Stittgen’s lone loss comes via submission to Edwards.
An interim UFC welterweight championship bout pitting Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit headlines UFC 143 on Feb. 4 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.