Patrick Cummins recently pulled out of UFC 217 due to a staph infection and now #6 Ovince St. Preux has agreed to step in on short notice to fight #7 Corey Anderson at the event.
Newsday was the first to report the fight.
St. Preux (21-10-0) enters the fight on the strength of a two fight winning streak, defeating Yushin Okami and Marcos Rogerio De Lima. St. Preux has previously challenged for the UFC Interim Light Heavyweight Title, losing to Jon Jones at UFC 197. St. Preux has previously fought Anderson’s original UFC 217 opponent in Patrick Cummins, defeating him by knockout at UFC On Fox 15.
Anderson (9-3-0) has won just one of his last three fights, with that lone win coming over Sean O’Connell at UFC Fight Night 102. Anderson was the winner of the UFC Ultimate Fighter 19, defeating Matt Van Buren in the finals of the reality show. Anderson has seen his last two fights end with some kind of finish and it has been over a year since one of his bouts went the distance.
UFC 217 takes place on Saturday, November 4 from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York with Michael Bisping and Georges St. Pierre headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow