Michael Chiesa had a date and an opponent for his first start in the octagon since capturing season 15 of The Ultimate Fighter, but now he'll have to play a waiting game as his UFC on FOX 5 matchup with Rafaello Oliveira has been scrapped following a hand injury to his Brazilian opponent.
According to Oliveira, he broke his hand training, forcing him out of the bout.
Chiesa seems likely to stay on the card, which takes place in his home state of Washington, but the UFC has not yet confirmed a decision. The undefeated (8-0) fighter, who is based in Spokane, stormed through TUF as an underdog, defeating Al Iaquinta by technical submission in the tourney finals.
The UFC should have enough time to find a replacement as the event is scheduled for Dec. 8.
UFC on FOX 5 is set for Key Arena in Seattle, and boasts a stellar lineup including a lightweight championship match pitting Ben Henderson against Nate Diaz, as well as a key light-heavyweight contenders fight between Mauricio Rua and Alexander Gustafsson, and a welterweight scrap between Hawaiian legend B.J. Penn and young phenom Canadian Rory MacDonald.