It’ll be a seasoned UFC veteran against a talented Octagon prospect in the new co-main event for Fight Night 49 in Tulsa, OK. Mike Pyle will now square off against Jordan Mein in a welterweight matchup on Aug. 23 that came about because of a string of injuries.
Pyle saw his matchup against Demian Maia scrapped after the Brazilian veteran sustained a recent injury, while Mein had fights scuttled against both Thiago Alves and Brandon Thatch. Thatch was forced to withdraw this past weekend from the event after suffering a nasty toe injury.
While the promotion was forced to do plenty of reshuffling, this still shapes up as a solid 170-pound battle. The 38-year-old Pyle is coming off an impressive third-round stoppage of T.J. Waldburger at UFC 170. “Quicksand” is currently holding down the No. 13 ranking in the division and is an impressive 8-2 in his last 10 fights. Those setbacks were first-round stoppages at the hands of dangerous contenders Matt Brown and Rory MacDonald.
Pyle has a strong all-around game and is extremely dangerous on the ground. The veteran has 16 submission triumphs in his 26 career wins; he has added another six finishes by way of knockout. Pyle has faced a wealth of top-flight competition during his lengthy 13-fight Octagon tenure.
Mein picked up a decision victory in his last appearance at UFC on FOX 11 against Hernani Perpetuo. He’s gone 2-1 with the promotion, with that lone setback coming by TKO in a 2013 slugfest against Brown. “Young Gun” has had an extremely active career for a 24-year-old fighter. Mein, who is noted for his striking prowess, has compiled a 28-9 record and has faced some strong opposition along the way.
This is an interesting clash between a veteran looking to maintain his foothold in the division’s top-15 rankings against an exciting young fighter who appears poised for big things. Pyle will be looking to show he’s not ready to be relegated to the role of gatekeeper just yet, while Mein can definitely make a breakthrough if he can secure the biggest win of his UFC career.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports.