UFC 139 is filling up fast. Immediately following the announcement of Stephan Bonnar vs. Kyle Kingsbury, a second light heavyweight battle was added to the card late Tuesday afternoon by UFC officials. Fresh off a stunning loss to Tito Ortiz, ‘The Ultimate Fighter 8' winner Ryan Bader (12-2) has agreed to fight Jason Brilz (18-4-1) at the upcoming San Jose event.
Once nestled on the precipice of a title shot after winning the first 11 contests of his young professional career, Bader now hopes to rebound from a sudden two-fight losing streak since dropping consecutive bouts to Jon Jones and Ortiz. Throughout his seven fights in the Octagon, the 28-year-old two-time All American wrestler holds notable victories over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Keith Jardine.
Brilz enters the bout mired in a two-fight losing streak of his own, since winning three of his first four contests under the UFC banner. Known as "The Hitman," the 36-year-old works as an assistant wrestling coach at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and trains at Omaha's Elite Performance gym alongside promotional brethren Ryan Jensen and Jake Ellenberger.