Thiago Tavares def. Spencer Fisher via second-round TKO at UFC 134 on Aug. 27, 2011 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
The UFC is again reshuffling their PPVs, but for once it's not due to injury. UFC 151 picks up just its 5th scheduled fight at the expense of UFC 150, as lightweights Dennis Hallman and Thiago Tavares will square off in Las Vegas instead of Denver, according to MMA Junkie.
A lightweight bout between veterans Dennis Hallman (51-14-2 MMA, 4-5 UFC) and Thiago Tavares (17-4-1 MMA, 7-4-1 UFC) has moved from August's UFC 150 event to September's UFC 151 event.Sources close to the event alerted MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) to the change.
Hallman has yet to fight in 2012, having pulled out of his scheduled January clash with Tony Ferguson at UFC on FOX 3 on May 5th. Ironically, Tavares originally stepped in to replace him but also pulled out to injury (and was eventually replaced by Michael Johnson). The 36-year-old "Superman" has experienced a career resurgence, winning 8 of his last 10 fights, including most recently a dominant 1st round submission win over Canadian John Makdessi at UFC 140 in Toronto. Technically, this will be Hallman's first official UFC fight at 155 lbs since 2001, as he fought Makdessi at a catchweight of 158 lbs after failing to make weight.
Tavares has fought just once this year, a unanimous decision win over Sam Stout in front of his home fans in Brazil at UFC 142. He's unbeaten in 5 of his last 6 fights at 4-1-1, but the 27-year-old veteran has never won 3 in a row in his UFC career. Both men can be considered submission specialists, with a combined 51 submissions out of 68 career wins (75%), so expect a very technical grappling affair.
UFC 151 will be headlined by the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship fight between Jon Jones and Dan Henderson. The only other fights confirmed at this time besides this one and the main event are Dennis Siver vs. Eddie Yagin, Takeya Mizugaki vs. Jeff Hougland, and Michael Johnson vs. Danny Castillo.
Dennis Hallman (51-14-2-1)
W vs. John Makdessi (R1 submission via rear naked choke) - UFC 140
L vs. Brian Ebersole (R1 TKO via strikes) - UFC 133
W vs. Karo Parisyan (R1 TKO via strikes) - UFC 123
Thiago Tavares (17-4-1)
W vs. Sam Stout (unanimous decision) - UFC 142
W vs. Spencer Fisher (R2 TKO via punches) - UFC 134
L vs. Shane Roller (R2 KO via punches) - UFC on Versus 3