There has been a change to the upcoming UFC 97 fight card as Eliot Marshall will now fight TUF 8 finalist Vinny Magalhaes, who is replacing Mike Ciesnolevicz. Marshall’s original UFC 97 opponent – Mike Ciesnolevicz – was forced out of the bout due to an undisclosed injury.
This may be the first MMA fight between Eliot Marshall and Vinny Magalhaes but they are far from strangers as they have previously competed against each other in the grappling world. Marshall and Magalhaes were also teammates on TUF season 8 reality series.
Magalhaes is coming off of a defeat to Ryan Bader in the light heavyweight finals at TUF 8 finale back on December 13. Meanwhile, Marshall was victorious in his last fight over Jules Bruchez at TUF 8 finale in a non-televised match.