UFC officials on Wednesday announced the addition of a welterweight bout between Justin Edwards and promotional newcomer Brandon Thatch to UFC on Fox Sports 1 #2, which takes place on Aug. 28 in Indianapolis.
Edwards (8-2) made his way to the Octagon as a replacement fighter on the thirteenth season of The Ultimate Fighter. He didn’t progress far on the reality show, but he has remained with the UFC for the past two years, alternating between wins and losses in his four bouts for the promotion.
He enters the fight with Thatch having submitted Josh Neer at UFC on FX 5 last October. Edwards was supposed to have faced Gunnar Nelson in February, but pulled out of the fight due to injury.
Thatch (9-1) makes his long awaited UFC debut after having racked up eight consecutive victories.
He most recently defeated Mike Rhodes in the RFA 7 main event in March.
“I believe Brandon Thatch could be in the UFC right now,” said training partner Georges St-Pierre before Thatch’s win at RFA 7.
Edwards vs. Thatch is part of the support cast for Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann, which headlines the UFC on FS1 #2 fight card.