Team Nogueira's Chris Wilson is preparing to lock horns with the venerable Mike Pyle at UFC Fight Night 19, which will serve as the lead-in for the upcoming tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Sept. 16, according to MMA Fanhouse.
"The Professor" (14-5) is coming off a split-decision loss to John Howard at UFC 94: "St. Pierre vs. Penn 2″ back in January. It was the lone bright spot on a rather uneventful card, bringing home co "Fight of the Night" honors.
He was scheduled to throw down with Brock Larson at UFC 98 until a last minute health issue prevented him from obtaining medical clearance from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
It was another setback for Wilson, who was also the victim of a frightening home invasion in his residence in Brazil heading into the May UFC pay-per-view.
Pyle (17-6-1), who's fought just about everywhere including Elite XC, Strikeforce, Affliction and the IFL (among others), stepped up at the eleventh hour to replace Wilson against Larson.
"The Hurricane," who trains alongside several of the best in the business at X-Treme Couture headquarters in "Sin City," was quickly submitted by the WEC veteran and now has a chance to thank Wilson in person for being sent to the lions in his UFC debut.
Fight Night 19 will reportedly be headlined by former UFC lightweight contender Roger "El Matador" Huerta as he tries to stifle the rising star of undefeated wrestling machine Gray "The Bully" Maynard.
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