The fight card for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 22 event continues to get shelled, as talent marches off the injury cliff en masse like a horde of jacked-up lemmings. This time it's Matt Wiman, who was apparently too "Handsome" for his own arm and withdrew from the card with a snap, crackle and pop.
Stepping in for the former TUF guy is promotion sophomore Charles Oliveira, according to MMA Weekly, who will now face Efrain Escudero in the night's co-main event. "Hecho en Mexico" was a late replacement for Mac Danzig, who suffered injuries of his own and dropped out of the contest earlier this week.
Oliveira was impressive in his Octagon debut, submitting Darren Elkins via armbar at UFC on Versus 2 earlier this month. "Do Bronx" is perfect through 13 fights, and has finished all but one of his victims.
The Brazilian now gets a major step up in competition against The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 8 champion in Escudero.
The Tempe native was originally pegged to battle John Gunderson on the preliminary card, but was promoted to the co-main event when Danzig went AWOL. Now he shifts gears once again and will have to keep his submission defense in check come Sept. 15.
After steamrolling his way to 12 straight wins, Escudero was derailed by Evan Dunham in the third round of their UFC Fight Night 20 scrap earlier this year. The painful submission (armbar) sent him back to the drawing board, but not for long.
Escudero rebounded with a unanimous decision win over Dan Lauzon at UFC 114: "Rampage vs. Evans" on May 29 and could get himself right back into the title hunt with a big win over one of the division's top prospects.
To catch up on all the recent changes to the UFC Fight Night 22: "Marquardt vs. Palhares" fight card, scheduled as the lead-in to the twelfth season of TUF on Sept. 15, check out the current (for now) line-up by clicking here.