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Rafaello Oliveira vs. Yoislandy Izquierdo set for UFC 148

Rafaello OliveiraIn what is most likely a ‘loser leaves town’ match, lightweights Rafaello Oliveira (14-5) and Yoislandy Izquierdo (6-1) have been pitted against one another on the impending UFC 148 fight card.

In his first stint with the UFC (back in 2009-2010), Brazilian fighter “Tractor” Oliveira was cut after going 1-2. A four-fight winning streak in smaller promotions saw him invited back, but his latest run has seen him lose two straight to Gleison Tibau and Yves Edwards; he was finished by both opponents in the second round.

Cuban fighter Yoislandy Izquierdo entered into the UFC on the strength of a six-fight winning streak but promptly had the zero on his record erased in his promotional debut. Izquierdo was beaten at UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva this past April by Swedish fighter Reza Madadi, who finished him with a second-round guillotine choke.

UFC 148 is scheduled for July 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Check out the full lineup below:

Main Card (Pay-per-view)

  • Champ Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen (for middleweight title)
  • Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao (for interim bantamweight title)
  • Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz
  • Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le
  • Dong Hyun Kim vs. Demian Maia

Preliminary Card (FX)

  • Chad Mendes vs. Cody McKenzie
  • Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Gleison Tibau
  • Mike Easton vs. Ivan Menjivar
  • Riki Fukuda vs. Constantinos Philippou
  • Fabricio Camoes vs. Melvin Guillard
  • John Alessio vs. Shane Roller
  • Yoislandy Izquierdo vs. Rafaello Oliveira


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