Rollins (Pictures) has withdrawn from his scheduled
bout against Ben Saunders at UFC 87: Seek and Destroy on Aug. 9 at
the Target Center in Minneapolis, according to American Top Team
representatives. Ryan Thomas will replace Rollins on the card.
Based out of the ATT branch in Orlando, Fla., Saunders (5-0-2) has
not competed since he earned a unanimous decision against Dan
Barrera at “The Ultimate Fighter 6” Live Finale in December. The
6-foot-3 welterweight has reeled off five consecutive victories,
four of them by KO, TKO or submission.
Thomas (9-1), meanwhile, will enter his UFC debut on a two-fight
winning streak. He last appeared in April when he stopped Jason
Bowling on strikes at an Extreme Challenge event in Danville, Ill.
A former Division I wrestler at Eastern Illinois University, Thomas
suffered his only career defeat in January, as he tapped out to a
third-round armbar from International Fight League veteran Jesse
Lennox. None of his 10 fights have gone the distance.
A welterweight championship match between reigning 170-pound king
St. Pierre (Pictures) and Jon Fitch
(Pictures) will headline UFC 87, along with
a heavyweight bout pairing Heath Herring
(Pictures) with former World Wrestling
Entertainment superstar Brock
Lesnar (Pictures). In addition, lightweight
Florian (Pictures) and Roger
Huerta (Pictures) will collide inside the Octagon.
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