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UFC newcomer Todd Brown replaces Thiago Silva at UFC 117, meets Tim Boetsch


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Let's go Bulldog ;)


UFC newcomer Todd "Bulldog" Brown (15-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced injured Thiago Silva (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and now meets Tim Boetsch (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC 117.


Earlier today MMAjunkie.com (http://www.mmajunkie.com) reported that a back injury had forced Silva off the upcoming card.


In his place steps Brown, who according to agent Ken Pavia of MMAAgents.com, recently finalized a four-fight deal with the promotion.


UFC 117 takes place Aug. 7 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., and features a headliner between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and challenger Chael Sonnen. Boetsch vs. Silva is slated for the night's un-aired preliminary card.


"Todd Brown personifies grassroots MMA," Pavia said. "He spent a lifetime training young talent and winning in small shows. He's been waiting for this opportunity. When the call came, he couldn't say yes fast enough."


According to most databases, Brown owns an 11-1 record. However, Pavia said some of the fighter's smaller bouts are in the process of being added and that Brown will enter the UFC with a 15-1 mark. The Indianapolis-based fighter, who's ended nearly all his fights via submission or knockout, suffered his only career loss in 2007, when he dropped a decision to Josh Hendricks, who made his UFC debut just months later.


Boetsch, meanwhile, returns to the UFC after a 2-2 run in the promotion. The Midwesterner wowed audiences in his octagon debut when he tossed David Heath to the mat en route to a TKO win at UFC 81. He then dropped a TKO to Matt Hamill before rebounding with a knockout of Michael Patt. However, after a unanimous-decision loss to Jason Brilz, the promotion gave him his walking papers. Many fans felt the pink slip was harsh and lobbied for his return. He recently got it after a 3-0 run in outside promotions.


For more on UFC 117, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com.

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I hope Thiago sorts his back out for good since he's out now. I wanna see him back in top notch shape kicking **** and taking names, he's my favourite LHW as well as Shogun. Anyway, here's to Todd winning my a 360 backflip round house spinning back kick spine buster :)


... if it's even a move lol.

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