Originally posted on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 12/3/12
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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