Reza Madadi, who recently earned the "Submission of the Night" for his UFC on Fuel TV 9 finish of Michael Johnson last month, has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming bout with Michael Chiesa, which was scheduled for UFC on FOX 8 at KeyArena in Seattle, Wash., on July 27, 2013.
Chiesa will instead take on Jorge Masvidal, according to a report this evening on FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight."
Masvidal -- the former No. 1 Lightweight contender under the Strikeforce banner -- is fresh off his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut, defeating Tim Means via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 7 less than one month ago (April 20, 2013).
"Gamebred" initially called out the winner of the recent UFC 159 "Fight of the Night" between Pat Healy and Jim Miller (it was Healy), citing that he wanted to "make easy paychecks." However, with Healy facing a suspension for a failed drug test (read more here) and Madadi hung up in Swedish customs, the South Floridian will have to settle for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15 winner.
Chiesa (9-0) will make his return to mixed martial arts (MMA) action since winning his Octagon pay-per-view (PPV) debut (albeit on the "Prelims" portion of the card) against Anton Kuivanen at UFC 157 in Feb. 2013. "The Maverick" weathered an early storm from his Finnish foe and managed to not only come back, but to score a second round submission in the process.
The undefeated Lightweight will look to keep his perfect record intact after an incredible performance on TUF 15, which saw him defeat the likes of Justin Lawrence, Jeremy Larsen, James Vick and then Al Iaquinta in the Finale.
UFC on Fox 8 will feature a Flyweight championship main event between Demetrious Johnson, who will put his 125-pound belt on the line for just the second time, tangling with top-ranked division contender John Moraga. In the co-main event, top Welterweight prospect Rory MacDonald will meet the hard-hitting Jake Ellenberger in what is being pegged as a No. 1 contender bout.