In the promotion's final pay-per-view event of 2022, two of the most seasoned veterans in the light heavyweight division are likely to face off. Alexander Gustafsson, a three-time UFC championship contender, is anticipated to encounter former interim title contender Ovince Saint Preux in a light heavyweight contest.
Gustafsson is looking for his first victory since May 2017, when he defeated Glover Teixeira in his backyard, in Sweden, by knockout in the fifth round. Gustafsson was given a second chance to face Jon Jones for the vacant light heavyweight title at UFC 232 as a result of his victory, but Jones yet again became victorious. "The Mauler" has lost four straight fights, most recently in July in London when Nikita Krylov knocked him out in 67 seconds after moving up to the 205-pound weight class.
There were numerous calls for the stalwart of the light-heavyweight division to retire after the loss. The Swede stopped talking about a comeback in the following months. He appears to have already planned a fight and has opted not to retire. In December, Gustafsson will make a comeback at UFC 282.
Across the cage with Alexander Gustafsson would be Ovince Saint Preux, another former contender for the crown. 'OSP' has been a mainstay of the division for ten years, just like 'The Mauler'. His most memorable moment was in 2016 when he competed against Jon Jones for the interim gold medal but lost.
The fighter from Haiti recently defeated Shogun Rua in a rematch in May. The Brazilian was brutally knocked out in the first round of their match in 2014. Eight years later, Saint Preux and Rua faced off again, and Saint Preux won by a split decision to make it 2-0 in the series.
The inclusion of the light-heavyweight match only boosts UFC 282. Jiri Prochazka and Glover Teixeira's rematch for the championship is currently scheduled as the main event of the card. The Czech boxer triumphed via submission in the fifth round of their maiden bout in June.
Numerous well-known athletes are included on the undercard as well. Other significant contests are scheduled for the event, including Robbie Lawler vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio and Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Chris Daukaus. At the event, Bo Nickal, a highly talented fighter, will make his UFC debut against Jamie Pickett.