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Edson Barboza faces Rafaello Oliveira at UFC 162 following John Makdessi injury

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
A lightweight bout scheduled for UFC 162 has been changed due to an injury.

Edson Barboza will now meet Rafaello Oliveira after John Makdessi, Barboza's original opponent, withdrew from the fight due to an undisclosed injury, confirmed with sources close to the fight.

Barboza (11-1) got back on the winning track in January, after suffering the first loss of his career to Jamie Varner last May, when he defeated Lucas Martins in the first round.

Oliveira (15-5) is coming off a UFC 148 unanimous decision win over Yoislandy Izquierdo last July. He withdrew from a December fight against Michael Chiesa due to a broken hand.

UFC 162, headlined by Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman for the UFC middleweight title, takes place July 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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