by Steven Marrocco – MMAWeekly.com (additional reporting by Damon Martin)
A back injury has forced lightweight Kurt Pellegrino to withdraw from a fight with Frankie Edgar at the Season 10 finale of “The Ultimate Fighter” on Dec. 5 in Las Vegas.
MMAFanhouse was the first to report the news this morning, and MMAWeekly.com subsequently confirmed it via sources close to the situation.
Stepping in for Pellegrino is the H.I.T. Squad’s Matt Veach, who was scheduled to take on jiu-jitsu specialist Mark Bocek on the main card of the event. Bout agreements have yet to be signed, though both fighters have agreed to the fight.
The search for Bocek’s new opponent is currently underway.
Veach (11-0) was successful in his February Octagon debut, defeating Matt Grice by TKO in the first round.
The finale is headlined by a light heavyweight bout between Jon Jones and Matt Hamill and will crown the winner of the heavyweight reality show.