‘Tractor’ Oliveira Injured, Out of UFC on FX 1

By Mike Whitman Dec 22, 2011
Rafaello Oliveira (top) will not compete at UFC on FX 1. | Photo: Keith Mills



Despite originally receiving clearance to compete at UFC on FX 1, it appears Rafaello Oliveira has withdrawn from his bout with Reza Madadi due to a nagging hand injury.

Oliveira revealed his situation via Twitter Thursday, announcing that he will not compete Jan. 20 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

“Guys, unhappily I won't be able to fight [in] Nashville,” Oliveira wrote. “My hand still hurts a lot. I was really looking forward to [fighting in] my state.”

Headlined by a pivotal lightweight confrontation between Jim Miller and Melvin Guillard, UFC on FX 1 marks the first of six planned live events to be broadcast on the Fox-owned cable station in 2012.

Though Oliveira originally hails from Brazil, “Tractor” now makes his home in Tennessee. The 29-year-old jiu-jitsu ace has lost back-to-back fights since returning to the UFC earlier this year, falling by submission to Gleison Tibau in May before being knocked out by Yves Edwards at UFC Live 6. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Oliveira holds eight of his 14 career wins by either knockout or submission.

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