One tough Brazilian out, one tough Brazilian In. Thiago Tavares has been forced out of his fight with Melvin Guillard at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale on June 9th, due to a arm injury suffered while training.
In his last fight Tibau submitted Rich Clementi with a guillotine choke at UFC Fight Night 17. Stephens on the other hand was not so lucky, he was submitted by Joe Lauzon in the main event at UFC Fight Night 17.
UFC Fight Night 18 takes place April 1 from the Sommet Center in Nashville, TN.