Once-beaten lightweight Alan Patrick has received a new opponent for next weekend’s UFC Fight Night.
UFC officials on Sunday announced that Patrick will square off against Octagon newcomer Damien Brown at the company’s March 20 event in Brisbane, Australia. Patrick was left without an opponent when his original foe, Chad Laprise, was pulled from the matchup to face Ross Pearson on the same event.
Patrick, 32, is a product of Rio de Janeiro’s X-Gym who has emerged victorious from 12 of his 13 professional outings, including a pair of UFC victories. “Nuguette” will make his first appearance since June 2015, when he was knocked out by Mairbek Taisumov in Berlin.
Brown, 31, joins the UFC after six years spent fighting in his native Australia and on the Asian fight circuit. After being mired in a career-worst four-fight losing streak in 2014, Brown turned things around in 2015 with five consecutive victories. “Beatdown” last saw action on Feb. 20, when he notched a third-round stoppage of New Zealand local Pumau Campbell.
Topped by a heavyweight duel between Mark Hunt and Frank Mir, UFC Fight Night “Hunt vs. Mir” takes place at Brisbane Entertainment Centre and airs live in the U.S. on March 19.