Jeremy Larsen vs. Charles Oliveira booked for UFC 166 following injuries to Matt Grice and Estevan Payan

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With injuries to Matt Grice and Estevan Payan, Jeremy Larsen now meets Charles Oliveira at UFC 166 on Oct. 19 in Houston.

Considering the health of Matt Grice, I wouldn't call this a silver lining. It is, however, a matter of convenience.

With "The Real One" fighting for his life in the wake of a horrific car crash (details here), his UFC 166 opponent, Jeremy Larsen, has been re-booked to throw down against Charles OIiveira as part of the Oct. 19, 2013 pay-per-view (PPV) event from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

UFC officials announced the change on Tuesday.

"Do Bronx" found himself on the open market following an untimely injury to Estevan Payan, who was expected to make his sophomore appearance in "The Lone Star State." Instead, Oliveira will now be paired off against a featherweight opponent who has also dropped two in a row.

Loser leaves town?

UFC 166 is headlined by a heavyweight championship trilogy bout as Cain Velasquez puts his title on the line against Junior dos Santos in what will be the third meeting between the pair in less than two years.

That's not all.

Top UFC lightweight contenders Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez are also slated to hook 'em up in a bout that could have serious 155-pound title implications.

For the latest UFC 166 news and notes be sure to check out our complete event archive right here. For the latest "Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3" fight card and rumors click here.

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