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.
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
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.