Third time's the charm for Thiago Tavares?
The Brazilian veteran, who was forced to cancel his featherweight debut twice due to injuries, will attempt his first cut to 145 pounds on August 16, when he takes on Robbie Peralta at UFC Fight Night 47 in Bangor, Maine. UFC announced the match-up on Twitter.
Tavares (18-5-1) decided to drop down to 145 pounds following a quick submission victory over Justin Salas in November, in Brazil, but couldn’t compete against Zubaira Tukhugov and Tom Niinimaki in February and May, respectively.
Peralta (18-4) gets a quick turnaround right after a split decision win against TUF: Brazil 1 winner Rony Jason on May 31. Prior to that victory in Brazil, "Problems" finished Estevan Payan with punches at UFC 168.