Oliveira Replaces Palaszewski, Faces Tibau at UFC 130

By: Mike Whitman
May 19, 2011



Another injury has altered the UFC 130 landscape, as Bart Palaszewski has been forced to withdraw from his lightweight bout with Gleison Tibau with an undisclosed ailment. Replacing “Bartimus” will be three-time UFC veteran Rafaello “Tractor” Oliveira.

The UFC announced the news Thursday evening, stating that verbal agreements are in place for the contest. Palaszewski was originally supposed to face Cody McKenzie at UFC 130, but the Alaskan succumbed to injury two weeks ago and had to pull out of the bout.

Headlined by a light heavyweight confrontation between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Matt Hamill, UFC 130 goes down May 28 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

A black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Tibau has won three of his last four fights, with his lone loss in that span coming to highly regarded Jim Miller in September. Prior to that defeat, the American Top Team fighter earned back-to-back victories, outpointing Josh Neer at UFC 104 before knocking out Caol Uno five months later at UFC Fight Night 21. Most recently, the lightweight earned a split decision over Kurt Pellegrino two months ago at UFC 128.

Oliveira (Pictured) has not fought in the Octagon since losing two of three contests from September 2009 to March 2010. Though “Tractor” bested John Gunderson at UFC 108, losses to Nik Lentz and Andre Winner earned him his walking papers. Since his last UFC defeat, the Brazilian has put together a four-fight winning streak, finishing two of his fallen foes during that time. Seven of Oliveira’s 10 career wins have come by knockout or submission.

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