A change has been made to the upcoming UFC 97 show in Montreal as MikeCiesnolevicz has been forced out of his bout against Eliot Marshall due to an undisclosed injury. Former Ultimate Fighter Season 8 finalist and Marshall's former teammate on the reality show, Vinny Magalhaes, has been tapped as a replacement.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday by sources close to the fight who indicated bout agreements should be signed shortly.
Marshall and Magalhaes have history together beyond the reality show in which they both fought under coach Frank Mir's supervision.
The dueling Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts actually have competed against each other in the grappling world previously, but this will be the first time Marshall and Magalhaes have faced each other in MMA.
Marshall has been training alongside teammates at Greg Jackson's gym in New Mexico, while also spending time at home in Colorado working with fighters like Nate Marquardt and Shane Carwin.
Since his loss to Ryan Bader in the T.U.F. 8 Finale show, Magalhaes has been relatively quiet just waiting for his time to fight again, and it will come sooner rather than later.
The bout between Marshall and Magalhaes will be a part of the untelevised portion of the pay-per-view broadcast headlined by Anderson Silva against Thales Leites in a middleweight title fight.