After 30-plus fights, Wendell Oliveira (right) is headed to the
UFC. | Photo: Gleidson Venga/Sherdog.com
Brazilian welterweight Sergio
Moraes has been forced to withdraw from his
Ultimate Fighting Championship return.
Moraes suffered a knee injury in training and has been replaced by
“War Machine” Oliveira, who will make his Octagon debut against
UFC Fight Night “Silva vs. Arlovski 2.” Sherdog.com confirmed
the switch with a source close to the bout after an initial report
Headlined by a heavyweight rematch between Antonio
Silva and Andrei
Arlovski, the UFC Fight Pass-streamed card takes place Sept. 13
at Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in the Brazilian capital of
Moraes has not competed since August 2013, having also pulled out
of a scheduled bout against Zak
Cummings last November.
Oliveira enters the UFC on a seven-fight winning streak, though he
suffered an exhibition loss to Warlley
Alves in the preliminary round of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil
3.” Argentina’s Ponzinibbio will look to rebound from a November
decision defeat against Ryan
LaFlare, which snapped a seven-fight unbeaten run.