Just today CBS released the official lineup for the televised card and already there’s been a change. According to ProElite.com, Murilo “Ninja” Rua has been replaced by Joey Villasenor in a middleweight bout against Phil Baroni at CBS Saturday Night Fights on May 31st.
Villasenor is coming off of a knockout victory over Ryan Jensen at at the end of last month. No reason was given for Rua’s exit from the card.
This should be a better matchup for Baroni because Villasenor likes to throw caution to the wind and brawl. Rua’s jiu jitsu could have proved to be a problem for Baroni if the fight hit the ground and this matchup is much better for him style-wise.
As for the card itself, if you’re expecting to see much ground action it looks like you might be mistaken. The card is stacked with strikers which is probably a good thing for the first CBS event.
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