After tentative bouts between Brandon Wolff vs. Jon Koppenhaver and Ben Saunders vs. Troy Mandaloniz were unable to be finalized, UFC officials have decided to match the TUF 6 alum Saunders up with the newcomer Wolff in a welterweight encounter.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com was the first to report the potential matchup after confirming it with multiple sources in recent days. MMAJunkie.com adds that the Saunders vs. Wolff matchup could be finalized this week and formally added to the lineup for “UFC Fight Night 16: UFC Fights for the Troops” on Dec. 10 at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Saunders, a member of American Top Team, last competed on Aug. 9 at UFC 87 in Minneapolis, where he improved his lifetime MMA record to 6-0-2 following a armbar submission against Ryan Thomas at 2:28 of round 1.
His only other previous fight in the UFC was also a victory, which took place during the live season finale for the sixth season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” where recorded a unanimous decision victory over Dan Barrera.
Wolf, 7-2, has earned a reputation for himself as one of the top prospects competing in Hawaii. He has fought for K-1, the WEC, and the Rumble on the Rock promotions. He also competed under the EliteXC banner when he recorded a unanimous decision victory against Chad Klingensmith during the promotion’s “Uprising” event in Honolulu last Sept. 15.