Longtime IFL staple and WEC lightweight contender Bart Palaszewski saw his impending UFC debut threatened when his originally slated opponent, Cody McKenzie, was forced out of their UFC 130 bout with an injury. Luckily, Gleison Tibau stepped up for McKenzie and Palaszewski was back on track, preparing to make his debut at the big show later this month.
Until he got injured.
The UFC has announced that Palaszewski has been forced to withdraw from his spot on the UFC 130 card, but has been replaced against Tibau by Rafaello Oliveira.
Oliveira returns to the UFC after amassing a 1-2 record during his first stint in the promotion; he originally sandwiched a decision win over John Gunderson between decision losses to Nik Lentz and Andre Winner. He’s gone on a four-fight winning streak in other promotions since then, with two victories coming by way of stoppage and the others by decision, and will get his second shot in the UFC against fellow Brazilian, Gleison Tibau.
Oliveira’s record stands at 14-3.
At this point a veteran in the UFC, 22-7 Gleison Tibau will be looking to keep the momentum swinging in his favor when he takes on Oliveira. In his most recent bout, he rebounded from a unanimous decision loss to Jim Miller by narrowly defeating Kurt Pellegrino.
UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill goes down on the 28th of this month at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.