Brilz Replaces Hamill, Faces Davis at UFC 129

By Mike Whitman Feb 16, 2011
Phil Davis once again has a dance partner for UFC 129.

Jason Brilz (Pictured) has stepped in to fight the NCAA Div. I wrestling champion in a light heavyweight affair on April 30 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Sherdog.com confirmed the contest with a source close to the bout on Wednesday; the matchup was first reported by MMAJunkie.com.

Davis was originally slated to meet “The Ultimate Fighter 3” cast member Matt Hamill at the event. However, Hamill was reportedly pulled from the contest in order to replace Thiago Silva against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 130 in May.

UFC 129 will be headlined by a welterweight title clash between dominant champion Georges St. Pierre and recent UFC acquisition Jake Shields. In the co-main event, World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight king Jose Aldo will defend his newly-issued UFC strap for the first time against hometown favorite Mark Hominick.

Davis is one of the UFC’s brightest prospects. An undefeated 205-pounder with an outstanding wrestling pedigree, “Mr. Wonderful” has gone a perfect 4-0 inside the Octagon. The 26-year-old made his promotional debut in February 2009 at UFC 109, earning a unanimous decision over former WEC light heavyweight champion Brian Stann. Davis then submitted Alexander Gustafsson with an anaconda choke at UFC 112, and followed that victory by outpointing Rodney Wallace at UFC 117 in August. Most recently, Davis submitted Tim Boetsch at UFC 123 with a one-handed kimura that has been dubbed “The Mr. Wonderful.”

An 11-year veteran of the sport, Brilz began his career in 2000, competing steadily until his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 15 in September 2008. Brilz earned victories over Brad Morris and the aforementioned Boetsch, but subsequently tasted defeat for only the second time in his career when he was outpointed by Eliot Marshall at UFC 103. After rebounding with a decision win over Eric Schafer last March, the 35-year-old put forth a great effort against former Pride Fighting Championships star Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, losing a contentious split decision to the Brazilian at UFC 114.
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