Karlos Vemola was forced to pull out of an upcoming bout with Luiz Cane at UFC 128 yesterday due to an infection, forcing a last minute change to the card.
Tatame now reports that the UFC has quickly found a replacement opponent as The Ultimate Fighter 8 veteran Eliot Marshall will fill in against Cane at next month’s event.
Marshall went 3-1 in his first stint in the UFC including wins over Jason Brilz and Vinny Magalhaes.
He was cut after a loss to veteran Vladimir Matyushenko, however. Since then, Marshall has won three straight in various independent organizations and the injury to Vemola provides a second chance for “The Fire” in the UFC.
Cane is coming off two straight losses to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Cyrille Diabate. He is 3-3 overall in the UFC.
UFC 128 takes place on March 19 from Newark, New Jersey and features a main event light heavyweight title belt as champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua defends against Jon Jones.