The hits just keep on coming.
Yet another injury has forced a switch-a-roo to the upcoming UFC 130: "Rampage vs. Hamill" fight card. This time, Bart Palaszewski has been forced out of his planned match-up against Gleison Tibau. Stepping in to replace him will be the freshly signed Rafaello Oliveira.
Bart Palaszewski is out of his UFC 130 bout with Gleison Tibau due to injury, said Dana White today. Coming off a four-fight win streak, Rafaello "Tractor" Oliveira has verbally agreed to make his UFC return and face Tibau in a lightweight battle of Brazilian-born BJJ black belts.
Indeed, Oliveira will make his return to the Octagon after a 4-0 run through regional promotions since his initial release back in March 2010.
"Tractor" was a less than impressive 1-2 in his original stint with the world's largest fight promotion and will immediately be thrown to the 155-pound wolves upon his return.
Tibau won't exactly come in on the strength of a full training camp. In fact, he was pegged to replace an injured Cody McKenzie on just three weeks notice about two weeks ago.
The American Top Team product steps into this preliminary card fight having won three of his last four bouts and five of seven overall. The brawny Brazilian was mostly recently in action less than two months ago, a split decision victory over Kurt Pellegrino.
Both fighters will get to showcase their respective talents on the live and free Facebook stream this upcoming Memorial Day weekend.
In case you're just joining us, "Edgar vs. Maynard III" is now "Edgar vs. Maynard Not Yet" following injuries to both UFC 130 headliners, who will conclude their trilogy at some point in late summer/early fall after they're all patched up.
Filling in for them will be former co-main eventers Quinton Jackson and Matt Hamill, who take over in the main event slot and create a spot on the main card for former "Prelim" fighters Thiago Alves and Rick Story, who will join the PPV line up as the opening fight of the night.
For a closer look at the re-worked UFC 130 line up click here.