Tomasz Drwal (15-2) will tangle with Mike Ciesnolevicz (17-3) -- not Eric Schafer (11-3-2) as previously reported -- in a light heavyweight match up at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 9 Finale at "The Pearl" at the Palms Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, on June 20.
NWI.com was the first to pass along the news, indicating that the Miletich-trained fighter would replace "Red" on the Spike TV special presentation.
Ciesnolevicz made his Octagon debut at UFC 95: "Sanchez vs. Stevenson," submitting Neil Grove via heel hook in a heavyweight tilt. He was supposed to return to action against Eliot Marshall last month at UFC 97: "Redemption;" however, he sustained an injury of his own during training and was forced to bow out of the 205-pound contest.
The former Quad Cities Silverbacks team member back in the International Fight League (IFL) heyday is a very well rounded competitor with a balanced five stoppages and seven submissions. Five of those seven subs have come by way of guillotine choke, which the heavy-handed "Polish Gorilla" will need to be weary of if Ciesnolevicz feels the need to take the fight south.
Drwal has been plagued with injuries since his Octagon debut in September 2006 — a second round technical knockout loss to Thiago Silva at UFC 75: "Champion vs. Champion" in an all-out brawl. Prior to that loss — just the second of his 17-fight career – Drwal had reeled off 13 straight victories.
He got back in the win column by making quick work of Ivan Serati earlier this year, smashing him silly and putting him to sleep in little more than two minutes of work. Drwal will more than likely do his best to do the same to Ciesnolevicz, but he’ll need to be weary of submission attempts while doing it.
TUF 9 Finale features a lightweight match between Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida, as well as a co main event that pits and Joe Stevenson against Nate Diaz in another fantastic 155-pound showdown.
Naturally, the Spike TV special will also host the lightweight and welterweight finales for the ninth season of TUF, which is currently in progress. Coach Dan Henderson is leading a U.S. team against coach Michael Bisping and his British squad.
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