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Vinny Magalhaes subs for Mike Ciesnolevicz at UFC 97

"The Ultimate Fighter 8" light-heavyweight runner-up Vinny Magalhaes will enter the UFC 97 "Redemption" card, replacing the injured Mike Ciesnolevicz against Eliot Marshall.

Magalhaes and Marshall were not only teammates under Frank Mir on "TUF 8" but both also had their quests to become "The Ultimate Fighter" erased by Ryan "Darth" Bader. Magalhaes lost in the finals to Bader via first-round TKO, while Marshall fell in the semifinals via unanimous decision.

Magalhaes (2-3) is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt with a ton of experience in grappling competitions.

Marshall (6-2) is a former Ring of Fire 205-pound champion and also a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt.

UFC 97 "Redemption," happening Saturday, April 18 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, features Anderson Silva (23-4) vs. Thales Leites (14-1) and Chuck Liddell (21-5) vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (17-3).


  • Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites
  • Chuck Liddell vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua
  • Krzystof Soszynski vs. Brian Stann
  • Cheick Kongo vs. Antoni Hardonk
  • Steve Cantwell vs. Luiz Cane
  • Vinny Magalhaes vs. Mike Ciesnolevicz
  • Denis Kang vs. Xavier Foupa-Pokam
  • Nate Quarry vs. Jason MacDonald
  • David "The Crow" Loiseau vs. Ed Herman
  • Mark Bocek vs. David Bielkheden
  • Ryo Chonan vs. TJ Grant
  • Sam Stout vs. Matt Wiman