Gegard Mousasi was looking to make his UFC debut against top contender Alexander Gustafsson and net himself a quick shot at the title with a win. Now, after an injury knocked Gustafsson out, Mousasi will face unknown Ilir Latifi.
Despite the change in opponents, Mousasi and his management team are pleased that the UFC was able to keep the fighter on the Sweden card for Saturday.
“Gegard and our team are disappointed to not be able to compete against Alexander Gustafsson,” Mousasi stated. “However, we understand the fight business and wish Alex a speedy recovery. We want to thank Ilir for stepping up last minute to take this fight. Gegard intends to make a great show with a strong performance for all the fans. Thank you to Dana White, Joe Silva and the rest of the Zuffa team for working so diligently on this matter. Now it is time to fight and make a great show for the fans!”
Mousasi (33-3-2) and Latifi (7-2) will comprise one of the weirdest UFC main events in recent memory. Latifi is a training partner of Gustafsson’s in Sweden, which allowed him to take the fight on such short notice.