If it seems like Phil Hawes just fought it's because, well, he did. But the top prospect will get right back into the cage next month.
Hawes will face Strikeforce veteran Louis Taylor at World Series of Fighting 32 on July 30 in Everett, Wash., the promotion announced Wednesday. Taylor's original opponent, Shamil Gamzatov, is out due to a personal issue.
Hawes (4-0) is coming off a first-round TKO of Joshua Key on June 17. He was ousted by fellow prospect Andrew Sanchez in the elimination round of The Ultimate Fighter 23, but quickly scooped up by WSOF. Hawes, 27, is one of the best prospects in all of MMA and trains out of JacksonWink in Albuquerque.
Taylor (12-3) has won five straight, including a first-round technical submission victory over Cory Devela at WSOF 29 in March. The Chicago native has not lost a fight since 2012. Taylor, 37, has been a pro MMA fighter for nine years and fought twice for Strikeforce and Bellator.
WSOF 32 is headlined by a bantamweight title rematch between champion Marlon Moraes and challenger Josh Hill. In the co-main event, featherweight champion Alexandre Almeida defends his belt against former champ Lance Palmer. Also on the card, brothers Caros Fodor and Ben Fodor will face off against one another. WSOF 32 will air live on NBC Sports Network.