A lightweight pairing between division prospects, Austin ‘Thud’ Hubbard, and Joe Solecki is slated to take place at a UFC event on June 20th. – with the UFC APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada expected to host the card.
Illinois native Hubbard, recently put pen to paper on a new multi-fight deal with the promotion, following a run of 1-2 under the UFC banner. North Carolina based grappler Solecki will make his second Octagon walk, following a transition from Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contenders Series. News of the pairing was initially reported by MMA Junkie reporters, Nolan King and Farah Hannoun.
Former LFA lightweight gold holder, Hubbard sandwiched his first Octagon triumph, between losses to submission-specialist, Davi Ramos, and Olympic silver medalist, Mark Madsen. In his only victory with the promotion so far, the Colorado-based striker picked up a unanimous judging over Kyle Prepolec. Hubbard currently plys his trade at Elevation Fight Team, under the likes of Trevor Wittman. Before his defeat to Ramos, the 11-4 prospect had embarked on a three-fight winning rise.
With a first-round submission of James Wallace on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contenders Series back in July of last year, Solecki signed a deal to link up with the UFC. In his Octagon bow, the 26-year-old scored a unanimous decision over veteran Oregon native, Matt Wiman. The victory over Wiman marked the fourth-straight win of Solecki’s current run, following two prior wins on the regional circuit. Beginning his professional career four years ago, Solecki would score three consecutive wins before his first loss.