OSP is reportedly being targeted for a 195 lbs. catchweight bout against Anderson Silva in Brazil.
The UFC is desperately looking at a replacement opponent for MMA legend Anderson Silva at UFC 212 after his original opponent, Kelvin Gastelum, was pulled from the pay-per-view after testing positive for marijuana metabolites.
Luke Rockhold and Vitor Belfort were thrown into the mix, but it looks like the UFC has their sights set on No. 8 ranked light heavyweight contender, Ovince Saint Preux, according to a recent report from Brazilian MMA outlet Combate.
The bout is being targeted at a catchweight of 195-pounds, but Silva, the greatest middleweight champion in UFC history, has fought at St-Preux’ native division of 205-pounds on several occasions, beating the likes of Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar in non-title fights.
‘The Spider’ snapped a four-fight losing streak in February, beating middleweight talent Derek Brunson in a controversial decision win.
OSP, 34, sprang back into the winner’s column with a submission victory over Marcos Rogério de Lima at UFC Fight Night 108 on Saturday, submitting the Brazilian with a Von Flue choke in the second round.
UFC 212, which features a headlining featherweight title unification bout between Jose Aldo and Max Holloway, is scheduled for June 3 at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.