The opportunity materialized as a result of a staph infection Patrick Cummins has been battling, who was originally scheduled to fight Anderson.
OSP (21-10) fought just last month, at UFC Fight Night 117, and quickly choked out Yushin Okami. The 205 contender has gone 2-3 in his last 5 bouts.
Anderson (9-3), meanwhile, is looking to get back on track after he was KO’d by Jimi Manuwa in his last bout. The former TUF winner is 3-2 in his last 5 outings.
So, with the insertion of OSP, that should make for a very different bout stylistically, versus an all wrestler match-up between Anderson and Cummins.
UFC 217 will go down at Madison Square Garden in New York City.