Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Replacement Marcus LeVesseur meets Michael Chiesa at UFC on FOX 5

by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Oct 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm ET

A broken hand has forced lightweight Rafaello Oliveira to withdraw from UFC on FOX 5, but he's been replaced.

Stepping in for the Brazilian is Marcus LeVesseur (22-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who is set to meet "The Ultimate Fighter 15" winner Michael Chiesa (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), sources close to the event told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

The new matchup serves on the FUEL TV-televised prelims of the event, which takes place Dec. 8 at KeyArena in Seattle. Main-card fights air on FOX.

MMAjunkie.com passed along news of Oliveira's injury earlier today, though his replacement wasn't known at the time.

Earlier this month, LeVesseur won a hard-fought split decision over Carlo Prater at UFC on FX 5, which put him back on the right track after his octagon debut at UFC on FUEL TV 3 ended in a first-round submission loss to Cody McKenzie. Boasting an amateur wrestling record of 155-0, LeVesseur notably outpointed current Bellator welterweight champ Ben Askren on the mats at Augsburg College.

Chiesa makes his first post-TUF appearance following a first-round submission loss over Al Iaquinta at The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale, which extended his unbeaten streak as a professional to eight. On the show, Chiesa defeated Johnavan Vistante, Justin Lawrence and James Vick to secure his spot in the finals.

The latest UFC on FOX 5 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz (for lightweight title)
  • Alexander Gustafsson vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua
  • Rory MacDonald vs. B.J. Penn
  • Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick
PRELIMINARY CARD (FUEL TV, 5 p.m. ET)
  • Lavar Johnson vs. Brendan Schaub
  • Mike Chiesa vs. Marcus LeVesseur*
  • Dennis Siver vs. Ediie Yagin
  • T.J. Dillashaw vs. Mike Easton
  • Ramsey Nijem vs. Joe Proctor
  • Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez
  • John Albert vs. Scott Jorgensen
  • Tim Means vs. Abel Trujillo
  • John Cholish vs. Yves Edwards*
* - Not officially announced

For more on UFC on FOX 5, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Marcus LeVesseur)

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