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Gleison Tibau steps in for injured Cody McKenzie at UFC 130

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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