A knee injury has forced former Legacy Fighting Championship
welterweight titlist Mike
to withdraw from his planned clash with ex-IFL
champion Jay Hieron
. Stepping up to replace “The Greek” on just one week's
notice will be Jungle Fight veteran Romario
Manoel da Silva
Sherdog.com confirmed the change with Legacy matchmaker Mick
Maynard on Friday evening, who also revealed that former
Bellator Fighting Championships talent D.J.
Linderman [pictured: right] will meet Dale
Mitchell. LFC 12 takes place July 13 at Houston's Arena Theater
and is headlined by a flyweight title tilt pitting ex-
UFC talent Will
Campuzano against 12-year pro Chad
Robichaux. AXS TV, formerly known as HDNet, will broadcast the
evening's main draw.
Hieron, 35, recently parted ways with Bellator after coming up
short in his bid to capture the Chicago-based promotion's
welterweight title. “The Thoroughbred” won Bellator's Season 4
tournament last year, taking a split decision from future
lightweight tournament winner Rick Hawn to
earn a crack at reigning champion Ben Askren.
Hieron came up on the short end of the judges' verdict in his
five-round clash with “Funky,” however, dropping a split nod to
Askren last October at Bellator 56.
Da Silva last competed in September, taking a unanimous decision
veteran Jaime Jara at
Shark Fights 19. A veteran of 29 pro outings, “Junior Killer” has
stopped nearly half of his 19 career victims by knockout and owns
six first-round finishes to his credit.
Linderman captured the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship
heavyweight title in his most recent bout, outpointing fellow
Bellator veteran Mike Hayes on
June 2. The victory marked the second straight win for “Da
Protege,” who took a unanimous nod from Bobby Brents
in April to earn his first win of 2012.
Mitchell, 29, has won four consecutive fights after beginning his
career an inauspicious 1-4. The Texan has already notched three
wins so far this year, knocking out James Hall
Raticheck in January before doing the same to Tony Melton
on June 16.
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