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Michael Chiesa pulls from UFC on Fox 5 with illness

We wish the best for TUF 15 winner Michael Chiesa (8-0), as the UFC announced late last night that he will be unable to compete due to illness. No further details have been released at this time. With only five days till UFC on Fox 5: Henderson vs. Diaz, it will be a tough call for any fighter to take this late, which will likely leave Chiesa’s opponent Marcus LeVesseur off the card.

This is the second bout to fall just days short of the event as Lavar Johnson had pulled out with a reported groin injury. As the card currently stands currently, there is 11 bouts on the card, with a second Facebook prelim bout now likely to shift up to the FX portion of the show.

MAIN (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz – for lightweight title
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
Rory MacDonald vs. B.J. Penn
Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick

Yves Edwards vs. Jeremy Stephens
Raphael Assuncao vs. Mike Easton
Ramsey Nijem vs. Joe Proctor
Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez

PRELIMINARY (Facebook, 4:30 p.m. ET)
Nam Phan vs. Dennis Siver (likely move to FX)
John Albert vs. Scott Jorgensen
Tim Means vs. Abel Trujillo

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