After a last second fight week switch in opponent, Gegard Mousasi will now be facing Ilir Latifi in the main event of UFC on Fuel TV 9. Alexander Gustafsson had to pull out of the bout with a cut over his left eye.
With the past few days having been a confusing time for Mousasi with all the replacement rumors, the former Strikeforce fighter recently issued a statement on his new opponent.
“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 has moved up to a 11:1 favorite over Latifi, who like Mousasi, will be making his UFC debut. The fight happens April 6 at the Ericson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.