Another change from the UFC 151 fallout is in the books, and UFC on FX 5 has yet another fight.
A lightweight fight between Dennis Hallman (51-14-2 MMA, 4-5 UFC) and Thiago Tavares (17-4-1 MMA, 7-4-1 UFC) will shift to October in Minneapolis following the Thursday cancellation of next week's UFC 151 show in Las Vegas.
UFC officials on Friday announced the change, just a day after moving three other fights from Las Vegas to Minnesota.
UFC on FX 5 takes place Oct. 5 at Target Center in Minneapolis and airs live on FX and FUEL TV. The card is headlined by a heavyweight bout between Travis Browne and Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. It is the UFC's first trip to Minneapolis since UFC 87 in 2008.
UFC 151 on Thursday was canceled when light heavyweight title challenger Dan Henderson was forced out with a knee injury and, according to UFC President Dana White, champion Jon Jones turned down a fight against Chael Sonnen, who had offered to step in for Henderson for the main event.
Hallman is coming off a submission over John Makdessi at UFC 140 in Toronto to get back in the win column after a first-round TKO loss to Brian Ebersole at UFC 133. He is 8-2 in his past 10 fights. Hallman was scheduled to fight "TUF 13" winner Tony Ferguson at UFC on FOX 3 in May, but was forced to withdraw with an injury. His replacement was Tavares, who then was forced out, as well.
Tavares has won back-to-back fights against Spencer Fisher at UFC 134 and Sam Stout at UFC 142. Both those fights took place in his native Brazil. Before his current two-fight win streak, Tavares was knocked out by Shane Roller at UFC on Versus 3.
On Thursday, the UFC announced that the UFC 151 co-main event welterweight rematch between Jake Ellenberger and Jay Hieron had moved to UFC on FX 5 in Minneapolis. And the company moved Danny Castillo-Michael Johnson and Shane Roller-Jacob Volkmann to the card, as well.
The changes for UFC on FX 5 likely are not over. The card now contains 14 fights that have been announced or rumored by the promotion in some way. The UFC regularly has cards with 11 bouts, and occassionally 12.
The latest UFC on FX 5 card now includes:
Travis Browne vs. Antonio Silva
Jake Ellenberger vs. Jay Hieron
John Dodson vs. Jussier Formiga
Rob Broughton vs. Matt Mitrione
Josh Neer vs. Justin Edwards
Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado*
Dennis Hallman vs. Thiago Tavares
Danny Castillo vs. Michael Johnson
Shane Roller vs. Jacob Volkmann
Mike Pierce vs. Aaron Simpson
Yves Edwards vs. Jeremy Stephens
Marcus LeVesseur vs. Carlo Prater
Phil Harris vs. Darren Uyenoyama
Diego Nunes vs. Bart Palaszewski