Having a cut above Alexander Gustafsson’s forehead putting the major event of this Saturday’s UFC on FUEL TV 9 event into question, it appears as though a veteran fighter is going to step up and fill the void if Gustafsson’s scheduled fight against Gegard Mousasi can’t go on. Wanderlei Silva, that defeated Brian Stann via knockout at UFC on FUEL TV 9 last month, tweeted today that the UFC called him about taking the struggle against Mousasi this past weekend, which he’s accepted and will be leaving for Sweden early Tuesday morning. TATAME.com affirmed with Silva what he tweeted wasn’t an April Fool’s joke, which he has packed his bags for Sweden and will be taking Rafael Cordeiro and Fabricio Werdum with him to maintain his corner this weekend. But, according to a tweet from UFC president Dana White, the struggle with Gustafsson and Mousasi is still happening, even though it’s been reported by numerous Swedish news outlets that the fight is 99 percent going to be cancelled since the cut over Gustafsson’s eyebrow is bad enough the Swedish MMA Federation has threatened to pull the plug in the fight. In the event the Gustafsson vs. Mousasi fight does not happen, then the scheduled co-main occasion is a lightweight battle involving Ross Pearson and Ryan Couture which struggle definitely is not main event caliber. But a fight between Mousasi and Silva — while not featuring a Swedish fighter inside — remains an excellent bout and the lovers who have paid for their tickets to the event ought to be happy if that is really the change. In case Mousasi vs. Silva becomes the newest principal event of UFC on FUEL TV 9, expect Mousasi to open as a healthful -250 favorite, together with all the comeback on Silva being from the +200 range. Camozzi Fills In For Dollaway Against Mutante At UFC About FX 8 An accident to CB Dollaway has forced him from his forthcoming UFC on FX 8 fight against TUF Brazil winner Cezar Mutante, and in his place steps Chris Camozzi, who defeated Nick Ring via split decision at UFC 158 just two weeks ago. The battle, which takes place May 18 in Arena Jaragua at Jaragua do Sul, will occur on the evening’s main card. Camozzi (19-5) has looked great as of late, picking up four-straight victories over Ring, Luiz Cane, Nick Catone, and Dustin Jacoby to emerge as a darkhorse contender from the UFC middleweight division. The 28-year-old has made continuous improvements to his game because his time “The Ultimate Fighter” and yet another win, which would be five in row, would push him way up the middleweight ranks. Mutante (5-2) won TUF Brazil past June in UFC 147 when he conquered Sergio Moraes. But he has been out with accidents since. Mutante will soon be coming off a lengthy layoff going into this bout with Camozzi, that has 30 minutes of cage period because Mutante’s final appearance, and that will probably end up being a big disadvantage. Anticipate this struggle to be rather close in the betting odds, but it would not be surprising at all to watch Camozzi as the preferred for once, even though he will be battling at Mutante’s garden in Brazil and even thought Mutante has more hype surrounding him.
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