Former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks will meet Matt Brown at UFC 185, passing up a chance to compete for the title.
The move has forced officials to promote Brandon Thatch vs. Stephen Thompson to the main event role of UFC Fight Night 60.
Hendricks (16-3) dropped the title to Robbie Lawler last year. Brown (19-12) is also viewed as a top contender to the 170-pound belt.
Thatch (11-1) has won both of his UFC bouts, while Thompson’s (10-1) lone loss in six appearances came to Brown.
UFC Fight Night 60 lineup:
Welterweight: Brandon Thatch vs. Stephen Thompson
Featherweight: Max Holloway vs. Cole Miller
Flyweight: Zach Makovsky vs. Tim Elliott
Flyweight: Ray Borg vs. Chris Kelades
Featherweight: Nik Lentz vs. Thiago Tavares
Middleweight: Patrick Walsh vs. Daniel Kelly
Welterweight: Neil Magny vs. Kiichi Kunimoto
Lightweight: Efrain Escudero vs. Rodrigo de Lima
Lightweight: Michel Prazeres vs. Kevin Lee
Lightweight: Jake Lindsey vs. James Moontasri
UFC 185 lineup:
UFC Lightweight Championship
Anthony Pettis (c) vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Heavyweight: Alistair Overeem vs. Roy Nelson
Flyweight: Chris Cariaso vs. Henry Cejudo
Welterweight: Johny Hendricks vs. Matt Brown