UFC on FUEL TV 9: Latifi tabbed as opponent for Mousasi in main event

April 2, 2013 4:56 pm 11 Comments
Gegard Mousasi

After days of speculation – and possibly the cruelest April Fool’s Day Joke in MMA history – Gregard Mousasi finally has an opponent.

Sweden’s Ilir ‘The Sledgehammer’ Latifi got the nod to replace an injured Alexander Gustafsson and will face Mousasi in the main event of Saturday’s UFC on Fuel 9 in Sweden.

UFC president Dana White tweeted just minutes ago:

“Mousasi will face Iliir Latifa this Saturday live on @FUELTV Latifa is from Sweden and training partner of Gustafsson.”

The Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation determined today that Gustafsson is medically unfit to fight Saturday after sustaining a cut above his eye. The organization had until Friday to reveal its decision but instead issued a statement to MMAFighting.com.

The Gustafsson/Mousasi match was felt by many to be for the next contender for the UFC light heavyweight title.
Mousasi will make his UFC debut on Saturday and is 33-3-2.

It is a Rocky-esque opportunity for Latifi, who is 7-2, and has won three straight. According to Sherdog.com, Latifi is just 5-foot-8 and last fought in October. Latifi has three submission and two KO victories to his credit.

The internet was ablaze yesterday when UFC veteran Wanderlei Silva tweeted yesterday that the UFC had approached him about filling in for the fight. Today he revealed that, he will not be fighting this Saturday and that it was all a prank:

Today, Silva took to Twitter, saying, “I catch you wand the best April first ever!! But I would like this to be true!!!”

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