Due to the withdrawals of their respective opponents, Jeremy Larsen and Charles Oliveira have been booked to fight one another at UFC 166, which will go down October 19th in Houston, Texas.
Larsen was supposed to fight featherweight Matt Grice at the event, but he was forced to withdraw due to a serious car crash, which has left the rugged vet hospitalized. Oliveira, on the other hand, was scheduled to fight Estevan Payan, but the UFC has announced that the latter has pulled out due to injury.
Larsen (8-4) has gone winless in his first two official UFC bouts, as the Arizona Combat Sports fighter has beeen stopped by Joe Proctor and most recently Lucas Martins, which took place at UFC on FX 8 in May. The 27 year-old entered TUF 15 having gone 4-1 in his last five fights.
Oliveira (16-4) is also looking to rebound from consecutive losses, as “do Bronx” is coming off a KO loss to Cub Swanson and most recently, a unanimous decision defeat versus Frankie Edgar in July. The 23 year-old is 2-3 in his last five bouts, with an additional loss during that stretch coming against Donald Cerrone. The Brazilian has scored wins over Eric Wisley and Jonathan Brookins during that period.
So, that has the potential to be an entertaining bout at 145. UFC 166 will of course be headlined by a rubber match between heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, and will also feature Daniel Cormier battling Roy Nelson in the co-main event. Former Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez is also scheduled to fight Diego Sanchez at the event.
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