Rollins (Pictures) has withdrawn from his scheduled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
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
contenders Kenny Florian
(Pictures) and Roger Huerta
(Pictures) will collide inside the Octagon.
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