Ilir Latifi returns, faces Cyrille Diabiate in London

Martin McNeil, SB Nation

One of the UFC's most unlikely headliners is finally returning to the Octagon.

Ilir Latifi, who replaced injured teammate Alexander Gustafsson on four days' notice last April to fight Gegard Mousasi in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 9, will fight Cyrille Diabate on March 8 in London, the UFC announced Thursday.

Latifi's second fight comes almost a year after his short-notice debut, which he lost via unanimous decision. The Swedish fighter had knee surgery after the fight, which sidelined him for the rest of the year. He will enter the fight with a record of 7-3.

Diabate (19-9-1) lost his most recent fight to Jimi Manuwa after tearing his right calf muscle in the first round. The loss snapped a two-fight winning streak for the Frenchman.

The UFC's return to London will be headlined by Gustafsson vs. Manuwa. The event will take place at the O2 Arena.

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