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Alexander Gustafsson out of UFC 282 fight against Ovince Saint Preux, Philipe Lins steps in

UFC Fight Night: Werdum v Gustafsson Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Alexander Gustafsson’s return to the Octagon has been delayed. According to MMA Junkie, “The Mauler” has been forced out of his fight against Ovince Saint Preux, which was set to go down at UFC 282 on Dec. 10, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The reason for his withdrawal is unclear at the time of this writing.

Gustafsson was looking to end his four-fight losing streak that dates back to 2018, losing to Jon Jones for a second time at UFC 232. He then went on to lose to Anthony Smith via submission, and then fell to Fabricio Werdum, who twisted up the Swedish-born star like a pretzel in July 2020.

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More recently, “The Mauler” was knocked out by Nikita Krylov in the first round this past July (see it here), giving him the longest losing streak of his career. Gustasson’s last win came against former Light Heavyweight champion, Glover Teixeira, in 2017.

Stepping in to fill the void will be Philipe Lins, who got back into the win column earlier this year after defeating Marcin Prachnio via unanimous decision, snapping his two-fight losing streak (it also marked his first win inside the Octagon). As for Saint Preux, he was last seen defeating Mauricio Rua at UFC 274 earlier this year.

UFC 282 is expected to be headlined by a 205-pound title fight as division champion, Jiri Porchazka, will defend his belt against the very man he took it from, Glover Teixeira, six months ago. In the co-main event, Jan Blachowicz will face Magomed Ankalaev is what is likely a title eliminator fight.

Remember that will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 282 fight card right here, starting with the early ESPN+ “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard (on ESPN2/ESPN+) at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV.

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