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Gegard Mousasi gets Ilir Latifi as replacement for Alexander Gustafsson

Ilir-Latifi - Superior WearThe UFC wasn’t left with many intriguing options outside of Wanderlei Silva’s well-played April Fools Day joke when news surfaced surrounding the immediate future of Alexander Gustafsson but has found a replacement nonetheless. According to an official announcement, newcomer Ilir Latifi will take Gustafsson’s spot in the scrap.

Gustafsson was forced to withdraw from a main event match-up with Gegard Mousasi at UFC on Fuel 9 after suffering a cut so severe he could not be cleared to compete. He is a training partner of Latifi’s, making him both available as a fellow Swede and ready in terms of what Mousasi offers.

Latifi holds an overall record of 7-2 with five finishes and wins in his last three tilts.


  • MCM says:

    I did some research on this guy cause, like most of the MMA world, I had no idea who he was. He’s had 2 wins over decent competition 5 over nobodies and 1 NC over the guy that took Fedors Sambo crown. He’s a pretty explosive wrestler with decent power but at 5’8″ he’s a little small for LHW and should probably be a MW at best. Thankfully he’s fighting a guy that should also be MW ;).
    He seems to have a pretty good top game and should he get the take down, it’s possible he grinds out Gegard for 25 minutes, but I don’t see that happening.

    One of the biggest advantages is that Mousasi has been training for a tall, lanky, striker and now has to deal with a short, compact, wrestler. This may see Ilir through a round or two, but I don’t think it’s going to be enough to earn him the “W”.

    At a +1000 on the betting books though, it’s worth plunking down $20 on Latifi just in case he pulls off a Matt Serra. (or Paulo Thiago, or Dos Santos, etc….)


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