Patrick Cummins was recently forced out of his upcoming fight with Corey Anderson at UFC 217 in New York City on November 4th due to a nasty staph infection, but the promotion have now managed to find a worthy replacement for him.
Ovince Saint-Preux will now step in to take Cummins place against Anderson in a preliminary match-up at the star-studded Madison Square Garden event.
OSP is coming off back-to-back wins in the Octagon, tapping out both Marcos Rogerio de Lima and Yushin Okami with rarely seen Von Flue chokes.
That has helped the 34-year-old Saint-Preux gets his career back on track after a poor spell in which he won just one of his previous five fights.
As for Anderson, the former TUF winner suffered a first round KO loss to Jimi Manuwa earlier this year, and a couple of fights earlier had dropped a split decision loss to Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, but in-between that he TKO’d Sean O’Connell, and overall he’s compiled a 6-3 record in the UFC to date.
The reshuffled fight features on one of the biggest cards of the year, with UFC 217 playing host to a main event between middleweight champion Michael Bisping and returning superstar Georges St-Pierre, plus a further two titles fights including bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt fighting TJ Dillashaw and women’s strawweight titleholder Joanna Jedrzejczyk going up against Rose Namajunas.