Octagon newcomer Todd Brown is
likely to replace an injured Thiago
Silva against Tim Boetsch
in a light heavyweight bout at UFC 117 “Silva vs. Sonnen” on Aug. 7
in Oakland, Calif., Sherdog.com has learned.
Multiple outlets reported on Tuesday that Silva withdrew from the
bout with a back injury.
Brown currently rides a five-fight win streak into his promotional
debut. In November, Brown earned a second-round technical knockout
Sleepers at an XXX Extreme Fighting event in South Bend,
Brown’s sole career defeat came to UFC 91 competitor Josh
Hendricks at a NAAFS event in March 2007.
Following a decision loss to Jason Brilz
at UFC 96 in March 2009, Boetsch has reeled off three straight wins
on the local circuit. In April, the heavy-handed collegiate
wrestler scored a 75-second knockout over Reese
Shaner at an NAFC show in Wisconsin.