UPDATED: Alexander Gustafsson’s April 6th bout with Gegard Mousasi apparently still on

With a pivotal light heavyweight bout against Gegard MoUSAsi on the horizon, Alexander Gustafsson has experienced some terrible news. After suffering what appears to be a deep cut over his eye and will not be medically cleared to fight next weekend.

The news comes as devastating to the UFC Sweden card, which is heavily reliant upon the Swedish star power that Gustafsson carries. The official word is yet to be announced by the UFC, but Joe Ferraro tweeted the bad news earlier today:

Hopefully UFC officials can find a new opponent for MoUSAsi, who looks to make his UFC debut after coming over from Strikeforce, where he was one the 205 lb. champ. While injuries have not cancelled fights like last year’s devastating series, Gustafsson’s injury could essentially ruin an entire card. Stay tuned to Lowkick for more news on the subject as it develops.

*UPDATE* MMANytt has released the following on the development:

“MMANytt recently confirmed this with the Swedish MMA Association who explain that it will take a number of weeks before the injury heals up, and that Gustafsson with 99% certainty won’t be medically approved in the medical examination which is planned to go down on Friday”

SMMAF spokeperson Gorge Sallfeldt to MMANytt. “This SMMAF doctor has seen the injury in person, while another two doctors say the same thing after having examined pictures of the injury. Our doctors have looked at this injury, and it’s very hard to imagine it will be medically approved by Friday.”

*UPDATE*

Dana White has apparently texted MMA Fighting‘s Ariel Helwani, “The [Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation] has not said he can’t fight, and he wants to fight.” We will await any official statement on Saturday’s main event.


21 Comments

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    TheRealDeal

    March 31, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Well that blows……

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    KeithFarrell

    March 31, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Gus is one of my favourite fighters so I'm gutted I won't see him go to war but I'm not too gutted, personally I think he would've dominated Mousasi and even if he did it would've done nothing for him in the rankings.

    Maybe bring Phil Davis in for the fight? I know it ruins his great match-up with Vinny Magalhaes but at least it saves a main event

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    enjoylife321

    March 31, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    April 6th is only days away….Makes you wonder where the head gear was during sparring being so close to the event. How do you find a replacement with Gustaffson profile in Sweden?

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    UnderdogGreatness

    March 31, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Wow – it ***** because I was really looking forward to that fight.

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