Report: Alexander Gustafsson Meets Former Title Contender At Upcoming PPV

Alexander Gustafsson Continues
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After remaining on the sidelines since May 2017, it appears Alexander Gustafsson will finally return at UFC 227 as has been rumored.

The two-time former title contender had been linked to bouts with former middleweights Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero, but he’ll now meet another high-ranked challenger native to his own 205-pound weight class.

A report broke from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that recent title challenger Volkan Oezdmir has verbally agreed to shift his upcoming fight to August 4’s UFC 227 – the event Gustafsson has been rumored to fight at for quite some time:

After rushing out to a title shot with three quick wins in 2017, Oezdmir lost his title shot to current champ Daniel Cormier at January’s UFC 220, allowing Cormier to move onto his massive super fight with heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic in the main event of this weekend’s UFC 226 from Las Vegas.

Oezdmir was booked to face former champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in Germany on July 22, but Okamoto reported that he understandably agreed to move to UFC 227, with the UFC currently seeking a replacement for ‘No Time’:

The frontrunner to meet Rua in Germany is reportedly Anthony Smith, who most recently knocked out former champ Rashad Evans at June 9’s UFC 225: