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‘UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Diaz’ Takes Another Last-Minute Hit

Written by Tom Ngo
December 3rd, 2012
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UFC Michael Chiesa

The bad news: Michael Chiesa (Pictured) has been forced out of Saturday’s scrap against Marcus LeVesseur due to illness. The good news: the lightweight affair wasn’t one of  “UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Diaz’s” four featured fights.

The contest was to mark Chiesa’s first since taking “The Ultimate Fighter 15” tournament back in June.

No word on what exactly caused “Maverick” to bow out.

The report comes just three days after a pulled groin pushed Lavar Johnson out of his shootout against Brendan Schaub in another preliminary bout. However, that prelim was slated to headline the FX broadcast.

The promotion opted to yank Schaub from the event, as they couldn’t locate a suitable substitute in time. It is believed they will do the same with LeVesseur. Although, the UFC does have plenty more 155-pounders at their disposal than heavyweights.

Key Arena in Seattle, Washington hosts the festivities.

FOX broadcasts the main bouts live beginning at 8PM ET/5PM PT.

Here is the show’s revised lineup:

Preliminary Card:

(Facebook 3:45PM ET/12:45PM PT)

Tim Means vs. Abel Trujillo

Scott Jorgensen vs. John Albert

(FX 5PM ET/2PM PT)

Marcus LeVesseur vs. TBD

Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez

Jeremy Stephens vs. Yves Edwards

Joe Proctor vs. Ramsey Nijem

Dennis Siver vs. Nam Phan

Raphael Assuncao vs. Mike Easton

Main Card:

(FOX 8PM ET/5PM PT)

Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick

BJ Penn vs. Rory MacDonald

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Alexander Gustafsson

Nate Diaz vs. Benson Henderson (UFC lightweight champion)

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