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Rafaello Oliveira steps in for injured Bart Palaszewski at UFC 130

The injury bug has once again bitten one of the fighters scheduled to see cage-time next weekend at UFC 130 forcing yet another change to the card. According to an official statement from Dana White, WEC veteran Bart Palaszewski has been scratched from the Memorial Day Weekend bout against Gleison Tibau due to an undisclosed injury and will be replaced by the returning Rafaello Oliveira.

Oliveira has picked up four straight wins since being released by the UFC a year ago after going 1-2 during his original run in the promotion. He holds an overall record of 14-3 and an even split between TKOs/submissions where his eight finishing performances are concerned. Like Tibau, who was originally brought in to face Palaszewski as a late replacement for an injured Cody McKenzie, he is also a BJJ blackbelt meaning things should get particularly interesting when action hits the mat during their in-ring encounter on May 28.

The 22-7 Tibau has been fairly hot as of late with victories over apt adversaries including success against Kurt Pellegrino in his previous outing last March at UFC 128 and additional wins over Josh Neer, Caol Uno, and Jeremy Stephens. The hulking American Top Team product owes much of his professional success to his skill on the ground as nineteen of his wins have come as either the result of a submission or decision.

UFC 130 is headlined by popular 205-pounder Quinton “Rampage” Jackson working towards another title-shot with the streaking Matt Hamill in his way and will also feature former heavyweight champ Frank Mir mixing it up with TUF 10 winner Roy Nelson, legitimate American hero Brian Stann welcoming SRC champion Jorge Santiago back to the Octagon after an impressive run outside of the UFC, and a preliminary pairing between Miguel Torres and Demetrious Johnson.


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