It looks like fans of charismatic submission specialist Cody McKenzie will have to wait awhile to see him attempt another of his patented Guillotine Chokes as the scruffy 23-year old Alaskan has been scrapped from an upcoming bout at UFC 130 with seasoned veteran Bart Palaszewski due to an undisclosed injury. However, while the event is less than a month away the UFC has still managed to find a replacement for McKenzie in the form of powerful grappler Gleison Tibau.
News of McKenzie’s condition and Tibau’s status as a fill-in were both reported by way of the UFC’s website.
Tibau is coming off a Split Decision over always-game opponent Kurt Pellegrino in March at UFC 128. Prior to his victory over Pellegrino the American Top Team product had gone 2-1 in his previous three Octagon appearances including success against respected competitors Josh Neer and Caol Uno. He holds an overall record of 22-7, including a win against Thiago Alves, and has only been finished three times since turning pro more than a decade ago just shy of his sixteenth birthday.
The match-up will mark the UFC debut of Palaszewski who has won four of his last five fights with the exception being a razor-thin decision loss to Kamal Shalorus at WEC 53 this past December. Twenty-seven of his thirty-four total victories have been the result of either a submission or TKO.
UFC 130 is set for May 28 and will be headlined by Frank Edgar’s title-defense against Gray Maynard. Other clashes on the card include popular light heavyweight Quinton “Rampage” Jackson taking on 10-2 Matt Hamill, rivals Frank Mir and Roy Nelson mixing it up in the ring, and appearances from a number of talented fighters such as Jorge Santiago, Demetrious Johnson, the aforementioned Alves, Miguel Torres, Brian Stann, and many others.
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