by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
A light heavyweight bout has been added to the upcoming UFC 120 card in London, England as striker extraordinare Cyril Diabate returns for his second appearance in the Octagon to take on Swedish born fighter Alexander Gustafsson.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Saturday, stating the fighters have verbally accepted, but bout agreements have not been issued yet. MMAFighting.com first reported the fight on Saturday.
For his first fight in the UFC, Cyril Diabate (16-6-1) got no easy task facing Brazilian fighter Luis Cane. Diabate stepped up to the task after being hurt early, tagging Cane with strikes and finishing the fight with punches to get the TKO win.
Returning to the Octagon in October to square off against Diabate is Alexander Gustafsson (9-1) who tasted defeat for the first time in his career in his last fight, being submitted by former NCAA wrestling champion Phil Davis. Prior to that fight, Gustafsson was 9-0, with his lone other fight in the UFC being a lightning quick knockout over Jared Hamman.
The bout between Diabate and Gustafsson is expected to be a part of the untelevised undercard for the London show set to go down October 16 at London’s O2 Arena.