Dricus du Plessis gets NEW Top-10 ranked opponent at UFC 273

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With Nassourdine Imavov pulled from UFC 273 due to visa issues, the UFC has found a replacement opponent for former interim middleweight title challenger Kelvin Gastelum.

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ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported that Dricus du Plessis, who was already scheduled to face Anthony Hernandez on the Saturday, 9 April card, will get a opportunity against Gastelum in yet another opponent switch for the South African.

Du Plessis was initially scheduled to fight Chris Curtis, only to be switched to Hernandez after Hernandez’s opponent Albert Duraev withdrew due to injury.

The No 10-ranked Gastelum (16-8, 1 NC) has lost five out of his last six, most recently suffering a decision defeat to top contender Jared Cannonier.

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His only win since 2019 is a decision over Ian Heinisch.

Du Plessis (16-2) joined the UFC over a year ago following stints under KSW and EFC banners.

The 28-year-old has earned finishes in both Octagon appearances, knocking out Markus Perez and Trevin Giles at UFC Fight Island 5 and UFC 264, respectively.

All of Du Plessis’ 16 wins have come via stoppage, and he’ll be going up against a foe in Gastelum who’s never been knocked out and only submitted by Jack Hermansson and Chris Weidman.

UFC 273 will take place in Jacksonville, Florida with a main event between featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and Chan Sung Jung aka ‘The Korean Zombie’.

Men’s bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling rematches former champ Petr Yan in the co-main.

Updated UFC 273 line-up:

Alexander Volkanovski v Chan Sung Jung – for featherweight title

Aljamain Sterling v Petr Yan – for bantamweight title

Gilbert Burns v Khamzat Chimaev

Mackenzie Dern v Tecia Torres

Irene Aldana v Aspen Ladd

Ian Garry vs. Darian Weeks

Dricus du Plessis v Kelvin Gastelum

Jairzinho Rozenstruik v Marcin Tybura

Ilir Latifi v Aleksei Oleinik

Mickey Gall v Mike Malott

Pat Sabatini v Gavin Tucker

Julio Arce v Daniel Santos

Mark Madsen v Vinc Pichel

Kay Hansen v Piera Rodriguez

Josh Fremd v Anthony Hernandez

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