Somewhere down the line plans have changed for welterweights John Hathaway and Ildemar Alcantara. Hathaway was set to face Erick Silva on the main card of June 8's UFC on Fuel TV 10 in Fortaleza, Brazil. On the undercard, Ildemar Alcantara was scheduled to take on Jason High in High's UFC return. However, John Hathaway has had to withdraw for reasons yet unknown. In response the UFC has shuffled Jason High up the card to take on Erick Silva in one of the six televised bouts. High posted the news on twitter early this morning.
New opponent, same date, main card. Erick Silva peep game....June 8th, Fortaleza Brazil.— Jason Highwalker(@KCBanditMMA) April 25, 2013
'The Kansas City Bandit' will be making his UFC return after a three fight stint in Strikeforce, that saw him go undefeated with the Zuffa sister promotion. High has had one fight in the UFC already, losing a unanimous decision to Charlie Brenneman back in 2010.
Opposite him will be the once hot prospect, Erick Silva. He's looking to return to up-and-comer status after a tough loss to John Fitch at UFC 153. High is a flashy, submission fighter out of American Top Team and is somewhat of a cult favorite, with victories over Yuya Shirai, Andre Galvao, and Jordan Mein. Silva poses a stiff challenge with his dynamic striking offense and somewhat freakish athleticism. While it's sad to see Hathaway pulled from the card this definitely promises to be an exciting matchup.
Tatame reports that a new opponent has been found for Alcantara as well. He will now face UFC newcomer Leandro Silva. 'Buscape,' as he is otherwise known, is an undefeated grappling oriented fighter with an 11–0–1 record. He has fought much of his career at lightweight; Ildemar Alcantara will be moving down from light heavyweight for this fight. I wouldn't be surprised if the size difference proves to be an incredibly difficult test for the UFC signee.
With the last minute change, here's how the card looks:
Fuel TV Card:
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum
TUF Brazil Finalist 1 vs. TUF Brazil Finalist 2
Thiago Silva vs. Rafael Cavalcante
Erick Silva vs. Jason High
Daniel Sarafian vs. Eddie Mendez
Rony Jason vs. Mike WIlkinson
Raphael Assuncao vs. Vaughan Lee
Ronny Markes vs. Derek Brunson
Godofredo Pepey vs. Felipe Arantes
Ildemar Alcantara vs. Leandro Silva
Rodrigo Damm vs. Mizuto Hirota
Caio Magalhaes vs. Karlos Vemola
Antonio Braga Neto vs. Anthony Smith