After being replaced in the main event bout against Michael Bisping by Anderson Silva, many were wondering what was going to happened to Gegard Mousasi? The former Strikeforce champion and perennial contender went to Twitter a few hours after his removal from the bout to let his fans know the situation.
Now we know that Mousasi is being targeted to face former UFC middleweight title challenger Thales Leites in the night’s co-main event. Mousasi made the announcement himself via his Facebook page but later deleted the post as the UFC has not officially confirmed the bout.
Mousasi (37-6) is coming off an upset loss to Uriah Hall back in September. Hall caught Mousasi with a spinning back kick and followed it up with a series of punches that forced the referee to stop the bout. Prior to the loss to Hall, Mousasi was on a two-fight winning steak having collected wins over Costas Philippou and Dan Henderson.
Leites (25-5) challenged Anderson Silva for the middleweight title in 2009 and put in a rather lackluster performance and was cut from the UFC after suffering a loss to Alessio Sakara. He would return to the UFC four years later and has since gone 5-1. The one loss came to Michael Bisping and was a split decision. It was his first loss since returning the company in 2013.
UFC Fight Night in London will be held on February 27 at the O2 Arena and stream exclusively on the UFC Fight Pass app. The main event will mark the return of former middleweight champion Anderson Silva after serving a year suspension as he faces former Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Bisping.