Ovince Saint Preux is now preparing to fight Antonio Trocoli at UFC 282 in Las Vegas on December 10th after his opponent was changed for the third time in the space of two weeks.
The 39-year-old OSP had originally been scheduled to fight former light-heavyweight title contender Alexander Gustafsson at the event, but his opponent withdrew for undisclosed reasons earlier this month.
It wasn’t long before Phillipe Lins was matched up with him instead, but he too has now dropped out for undisclosed reasons as well.
Now the veteran will face a newcomer in the 31-year-old Trocoli, who comes in on a little under two weeks notice and holds a 12-3 (+1nc) record.
Trocoli had previously picked up a first round submission over Kenneth Bergh on the Contender Series back in 2019, but though that led to him being signed by the promotion, it was then discovered that he’d tested positive for Nandrolone, resulting in the result being amended to a no-contest, a year-long suspension and his contract being scrapped.
Trocoli has since returned to action with a win in November of last year and has now been handed a second chance by the UFC.
OSP vs. Trocoli appears on a UFC 282 card that’s now set to be headlined by a fight for the vacant light-heavyweight title between Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev, while Paddy Pimblett fights Jared Gordon in the co-main event.