A welterweight bout between Matt Brown and Tarec Saffedine was initially supposed to serve as the headlining matchup of UFC Fight Night 60. Replacing an injured Saffedine, Benson Henderson stepped up to face Brandon Thatch to serve as the new headline event of the evening. Here are the main card matchups of FN 60.
Henderson vs. Thatch
Benson Henderson (21-5) is a former WEC and UFC lightweight champion. This will be Benson Henderson’s first fight in his move up from lightweight to welterweight. In his last 5 fights, “Bendo” is 2-3, coming off of a 1st round KO loss to Rafael dos Anjos and a unanimous decision loss to Donald Cerrone. Brandon Thatch (11-1) is on an impressive 10-fight winning streak heading into FN 60. A win over an impressive name like Henderson would catapult his ranking. Henderson, on the other hand, would love to snap a 2-fight skid in his welterweight debut.
Holloway vs. Miller
At featherweight, Max Holloway (11-3) is an exciting 2-time fight bonus winner. His last 4 consecutive victories have come by 3 TKO’s and one submission. He faces multiple-time TUF winner Cole Miller, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt with am impressive 15 submission finishes of his 21 victories.
Neil Magny vs. Kiichi Kunimoto
Neil Magny (13-3) fights Kiichi Kunimoto in the second welterweight bout on the main card of the evening. Neil Magny has been one of the busiest men in the business, tying the UFC record for most wins in a calendar year at 5 victories in 2014. Kunimoto (18-5-2) is a Pancrase veteran and former welterweight champion of Japan’s HEAT organization. He is the more experienced opponent facing the hot streak fighter.
Kelly vs. Walsh
Melbourne’s Dan Kelly (8-0) faces Patrick Walsh at middleweight. Dan Kelly is a former olympian judoka with a record that boasts 7 finishes out of his 8 career victories. Patrick Walsh is a TUF winner making his second showing in the octagon coming off of 2 consecutive decision wins.
Prazeres vs. Lee
Michel Prazeres (18-1) meets Kevin Lee (9-1) at lightweight on the main card. Prazeres is an impressive Brazilian prospect with a 2-1 record in the UFC. Kevin Lee is a TUF winner 19 with NCAA wrestling expertise.
Borg vs. Kelades
Ray Borg (7-1) fights Chris Kelades (8-1) in the flyweight division of the evening’s main card. Borg is 1-1 in the UFC, coming off of a rear-naked choke finish of Shane Howell. Chris Kelades is 1-0 in the UFC, and riding a 2-fight winning streak into FN 60.