Alexander Gustafsson is not going to be competing in opposition to Ovince St. Preux at UFC 282 on December tenth, 2022.
MMA Junkie initially reported that OSP claimed on his social media that Gus has pulled out of their upcoming struggle. Filling in for Gustafsson will probably be a former PFL champion in Philipe Lins.
No official purpose has surfaced as to why Gus has dropped out, and the UFC’s official web site nonetheless has Alexander listed as St. Preux’s opponent for UF 282. This looks like a kind of conditions the place it seems as if the UFC is the final to learn about these modifications, which needs to be inconceivable.
Philipe Lins noticed a blended bag of outcomes throughout his tenure with Bellator at 205-pounds, however then rose to the highest within the PFL as a heavyweight. He’s at the moment 1-2 in his UFC stint, beginning out with back-to-back defeats at heavyweight earlier than dropping again all the way down to mild heavyweight to safe a win.
It’s laborious to consider that OSP and Gus haven’t crossed paths already. They’ve each been within the UFC for over nine-years, they’ve each dabbled within the heavyweight division, and share six widespread opponents. I assume we should wait even longer for this seemingly inevitable matchup. For now, it’s OSP vs. Lins on the docket.