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UFC 282 fight card shuffle! Ovince Saint Preux loses another opponent, Ponzinibbio lands replacement

We have the latest news on the last-minute churn that’s changing UFC 282’s pay-per-view (PPV) card on an hourly basis.

UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux v Menifield Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

It’s UFC 282 fight week, and while we’re still excited for the the promotion’s year-end pay-per-view (PPV) extravaganza, we have to admit injuries have definitely taken its toll on this card (see it here).

Things started going wrong when Jiri Prochazka injured his shoulder, scrapping a Light Heavyweight title rematch against Glover Teixeira. Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev will now fight for the vacated 205-pound belt, which Prochazka relinquished. Then we had Robbie Lawler getting pulled from his potential “Fight of the Night” against Santiago Ponzinibbio, and mixed martial arts (MMA) fans wailed and gnashed their teeth for this was bad.

Now, another fight has been called off: Ovince Saint Preux will no longer fight Anthony Trocoli after the Brazilian fighter had visa issues. The promotion is looking for another 205-pound opponent for “OSP,” who has now lost three opponents leading up to this card (originally he was supposed to fight Alexander Gustafsson, then Philipe Lins ... and now Trocoli).

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We also have another replacement fight announcement to make: as per The Underground, Alex Morono will step in for Lawler to fight Poniznibbio. Morono is currently on a four-fight win streak, and he accepted this fight on just six day’s notice. Their match will take place at a Catchweight of 180 pounds. Ponzinibbio is looking to get back in the win column after two tough split-decision losses to Geoff Neal and Michel Pereira.

Check out the reshuffled UFC 282 deck below:

UFC 282 PPV Main Card On ESPN+ (10 p.m. ET):

205 lbs.: Jan Blachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev
155 lbs.: Paddy Pimblett vs. Jared Gordon
180 lbs.: Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Alex Moreno
185 lbs.: Dricus du Plessis vs. Darren Till
145 lbs.: Bryce Mitchell vs. Ilia Topuria

UFC 282 ESPN2/ESPN+ ‘Prelims’ Card (8 p.m. ET):

265 lbs.: Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Chris Daukaus
135 lbs.: Jay Perrin vs. Raul Rosas Jr.
185 lbs.: Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Dalcha Lungiambula
205 lbs.: Ovince Saint Preux vs. TBA

UFC 282 ESPN+ Early ‘Prelims’ Card (5:30 p.m. ET):

185 lbs.: Chris Curtis vs. Joaquin Buckley
145 lbs.: Billy Quarantillo vs. Alexander Hernandez
145 lbs.: T.J. Brown vs. Erik Silva
125 lbs.: Daniel da Silva vs. Vinicius Salvador
135 lbs.: Cameron Saaiman vs. Steven Koslow

For more information on how to watch UFC 282, click here!

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