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Brad Tavares Steps in Against Aaron Simpson at UFC 132; ‘Mayhem’ vs. Bisping Now Slated for TUF 14 Finale

(If you hear something late at night / Some kind of trouble, some kind of fight / Just don’t ask me what it was…” Photo courtesy of MMAWeekly)

With Jason Miller being drafted for a high-profile gig coaching The Ultimate Fighter, Mayhem’s original UFC return opponent Aaron Simpson was left without a dance partner. However, the UFC confirmed last night that Simpson will remain on the UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber 2 card (July 2, Las Vegas) against undefeated TUF 11 semi-finalist Brad Tavares.

Kind of a downgrade for Simpson in terms of name value, but Tavares (7-0) is one of the best prospects in the middleweight division, and is coming off a first-round knockout of Phil Baroni in January. During his stint on The Ultimate Fighter, he won three consecutive fights before being choked out by Court McGee in the semis, then outpointed Seth Baczynski at the Finale show.

As for Jason Miller, he and Michael Bisping will reportedly meet at the TUF 14 Finale on December 3rd — a shift from the usual tradition of rival TUF coaches fighting (or not fighting) at a subsequent pay-per-view card. Not a bad way to boost their Spike ratings, considering Mayhem’s basic-cable cred. No other bouts have been booked for the event.

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ReX13- May 31, 2011 at 8:41 am
Caption is great--Baroni's expression is perfect.
SnackDaddy- May 31, 2011 at 8:05 am
Man, i can't believe i have to wait till December to see Bisping fight again. That's a long lay off. Also, i don't see either him or Miller getting a title shot after this fight.
Fried Taco- May 31, 2011 at 8:00 am
Sounds to me like it's going to be just another episode of Bully Beatdown.
Spicymeatball- May 31, 2011 at 7:37 am
God I hate Shitsping, can we just have him fight Hendo again.
MMA Mafia- May 31, 2011 at 6:32 am
Damn, I read the headline and quickly thought they were fighting on THIS Saturday s TUF.