With the UFC forced to shuffle many of their fighters due to a rash of injuries on the UFC 98 card they have done a great job of lining up solid replacements.
MMAJunkie.com is reporting that Krzysztof Soszynski will replace the injured Houston Alexander against Andre Gusmao at UFC 98 which will be held in Las Vegas on May 23.
Soszynski is coming off a victory against former WEC light heavyweight champion Brian Stann at last month’s UFC 97. The victory which came by way of submission earned the season 8 contestant of The Ultimate Fighter submission of the night honors along with a $70,000 bonus. The win ran his UFC record to 2-0 and was his fifth straight victory. He hasn’t lost since being defeated by former IFL heavyweight champion Ben Rothwell during an IFL event in August of 2007.
Gusmao suffered his first career defeat at the hands of up and coming superstar Jon Jones at UFC 87 last August. He is also a former IFL fighter who holds two victories over Miletich fighter and recent UFC pickup Mike Ciesnolevicz.
Alexander is one of a host of fighters who have been forced to withdraw from this card due to injury. The main event was originally going to pit UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar against the man who defeated him at UFC 81 interim heavyweight champion Frank Mir. Mir suffered a knee injury which pushed their fight back to UFC 100. Then the UFC had plans on a light heavyweight championship bout between former champion Quinton Jackson and undefeated champ Rashad Evans but Jackson suffered a jaw injury in his bout with Keith Jardine at UFC 96 and was replaced by Lyoto Machida. Other fighters put on the shelf are Josh Koshcheck, James Irvin and Yushin Okami.