German welterweight Pascal Krauss’ sophomore appearance in the UFC will have to wait a little longer. The undefeated 24-year-old has been forced to withdraw from his Nov. 5 scheduled bout with John Hathaway at UFC 138 due to injury.
Stepping in for Krauss will be Matt “The Immortal” Brown (12-10) who returned to his winning ways in June with a unanimous decision victory over John Howard.
UFC President Dana White confirmed Wednesday verbal agreements were in place for Brown and Hathaway.
Hathaway (15-1), who was on a 14-fight win streak until he met up with veteran Mike Pyle at UFC 120 last October, bounced back in his most recent fight, scoring a split decision win over Kris McCray at UFC Fight Night 24 in March.
Also confirmed for UFC 138 is a bantamweight match-up between Brad Pickett and Renan Barao, and a light heavyweight bout between Cyrille Diabate and Anthony Perosh.
There will also be several fighters making their UFC debut on this card. TUF 13’s Chris Cope will take on Che Mills at welterweight, Chris Cariaso takes on Birmingham’s own Vaughan Lee at bantamweight and Phil De Fries faces Oli Thompson at heavyweight.
UFC 138 will take place Saturday, Nov. 5, at LG Arena in Birmingham, England. For the full fight card line-up as it stands see our Upcoming Events page.