The opponent for Ultimate Fighting Championship newcomer Andre Gusmao has changed, MMAWeekly.com has confirmed with sources in Gusmao's camp. It will be Jon Jones who steps in to face the Renzo Gracie team member at UFC 87. Jones replaces Tomasz Drwal, who had to bow out for unknown reasons.
Gusmao has been a hot prospect since making a splash in the International Fight League last year. He was originally set to debut some months ago against David Heath, but his contractual obligations with the IFL prevented the fight from happening.
Now Gusmao will face relatively unknown fighter, Jones, who has competed for most of his career in regional promotions, most recently picking up a win in Battle Cage Xtreme on July 12.
Jones has a reputation for being very heavy handed, and with Gusmao's background in Capoeira, this undercard fight for UFC 87 could end up with fireworks.
UFC 87 will take place in Minneapolis, Minn. on August 9 featuring a main event between Georges St. Pierre and Jon Fitch for the UFC welterweight title.