The UFC 273 changes continue to happen, but the number of bouts on the massive pay-per-view event isn’t changing.
Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that Kelvin Gastelum will remain on the April 9 fight card at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., and will face Dricus Du Plessis. ESPN reported the news bout.
In addition, multiple people close to the situation confirmed to MMA Fighting that Anthony Hernandez, who initially stepped in to face Du Plessis on the card after losing opponent Albert Duraev to an injury, will still compete as he’s set to welcome promotional newcomer Josh Fremd to the octagon.
Gastelum was initially scheduled to face Nassourdine Imavov, but Imavov was scratched from the bout due to visa issues. Chris Curtis was originally Du Plessis’ opponent. Curtis was injured on his wrist and was forced to withdraw from the event.
Fremd enters his first UFC bout on a two-fight win streak. The LFA champion submitted Joel Bauman to FAC 12 on February 3, which was the scene for Dana White’s “Lookin’ for a Fight” program. Fremd and Isaac Dulgarian, the main event winner of UFC Main Event, were awarded UFC contracts with their victory.
Damon Martin was a contributor to this report.