MMA Weekly has news of heavyweight Justin McCully suffering an injury and pulling out of his scheduled UFC 95 fight with newcomer Neil Grove, with his replacement being IFL veteran Mike Ciesnolevicz:
An undisclosed cut injury has forced Justin McCully from his pending bout with Neil Grove at UFC 95 in London.
Stepping in for McCully will be former International Fight League regular Mike Ciesnolevicz, who makes his Octagon debut with the replacement.
Sources close to Ceiesnolevicz and McCully confirmed the change to the Feb. 21 card on Tuesday evening.
Ciesnolevicz (16-3) has fought at light heavyweight for most of his career, and will be moving up to heavyweight for the first time in his UFC debut here. A veteran of nine fights in the now-defunct IFL, Ciesnolevicz's only career losses have come to current UFC light-heavyweights Andre Gusmao (twice) and Reese Andy. A Miletich Fighting Systems team member, Ciesnolevicz most recently competed in December at Monte Cox's second Adrenaline MMA event, where he submitted Derek Mehman with a first round guillotine.
The 6'8, 280-lb Grove will likely have a serious size advantage over the natural light heavyweight, but Ciesnolevicz's experience and ground skills may play a major factor as well if he can avoid Grove's wild strikes on the feet.