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Alexander Gustafsson Is Ready For The Return Of Jon Jones

After a long string of injuries, Gustafsson his his eyes set on a fall return, and the return of ‘The Beast.’

Fans of Alexander Gustafsson took another kick to the junk last month when they learned the Swedish light heavyweight was injured once again and wouldn’t be fighting at UFC 224 as expected. On the plus side, all signs pointed to the injury being a minor one, so at least “The Mauler” would be back soon.

Current rumors had Gustafsson returning in the fall, and the man himself confirmed that timeline in an interview with MMA Viking.

”We go back and forth [with the UFC, we’re talking to them all the time,” Gustafsson said. “I wanna fight, so hopefully I’ll fight 6th of October. Maybe I’ll fight in November. I don’t know, I have no clue right now. But we’re looking for an opponent … We all know ‘The Beast’ is coming back. Whenever. I’m ready.”

’The Beast’ is undoubtedly Jon Jones, who’s return from USADA suspension continues to be the source of a ton of unsubstantiated rumors. Jones tested positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol shortly before his July 29th fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, making a fall fight with Alex unlikely if his (as of now undetermined) punishment is bigger than 12 months.

As for Gustafsson’s health?

”Good, I’ve been having some issues with my back thigh and small stuff,” Alexander said. “I’m staying busy, I can train … I’m here every day. And I feel good. I feel fine now. Like I said in other interviews, it was a s**t injury, it’s not even worth mentionining it, but it’s going good now and I feel good and I’m looking forward to the next fight.

And Gustafsson made it clear that he’s not picky, he just wants to fight.

”I’ll fight anyone,” he said. “October 6th is a good card, Conor and Khabib. I would love to fight on that card. But I’m open minded, I’m flexible, and I’m just waiting to see.”

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Midnight Mania! Gustafsson Willing to Hunt DC at Heavyweight

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Alexander Gustafsson, whose UFC 227 bout with Volkan Oezdemir fell through after Oezdemir pulled out injured, isn’t optimistic about his chances of fighting Daniel Cormier at light heavyweight, and is willing to do whatever it takes to get his rematch, including moving up a weight class. Via MMAFighting.com:

“It’s frustrating because he has something I want,” Gustafsson told MMANytt recently. “He doesn’t come back down and face me and he’s keeping the belt. But at the same time, the hunt isn’t over. … I might continue chasing [DC]. If I need to move up to heavyweight to face him, I will.”

The lanky Swede could potentially do well at heavyweight; he certainly has the height for the division. What Gustafsson is most frustrated with is the fact that blustering wrestler Brock Lesnar is the one holding up his path to the belt- either belt. He considers himself a much higher risk fight than Lesnar, and admittedly a much lower reward. He’s right about that. Cormier and Gustafsson fought to a split decision in a potential Fight of the Year in 2015, but relatively few people bought the Pay-Per-View, in DC’s toughest bout to date outside of Jon Jones.

“It’s not fun and pretty ridiculous in my opinion,” Gustafsson said of the Lesnar fight. “I don’t see the logic in this fight. It’s only a money fight [because] Brock has a big following from wrestling.

“I understand DC though. He wants to make money. It’s a better fight for his wallet, fighting Brock instead of going down to fight me. It’s a way bigger risk to fight me.”

Gustafsson also says out loud what many are thinking- that Cormier will never cut to 205 again.

“It’s funny, it’s clear he doesn’t want to face me,” Gustafsson said. “First of all, he is never coming back down to light heavyweight. He is struggling to stay at heavyweight. DC is a big boy, as tall as he is wide. I don’t think he will go down again. He loves food and loves to eat. To sacrifice so much with dieting and food and then going down to face me? I think I will have to move to heavyweight to get a piece of DC again.”

Despite calling DC a ‘big boy, as tall as he is wide, Gustafsson admires the double champion, and hopes to emulate his success. Cormier knocked out Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 to become only the second simultaneous dual-weight champion in UFC history.

“DC is smart and he’s a big inspiration for me,” concluded Gustafsson. “Thirty-nine years old and two belts. I can’t really trash the guy and I can’t really have beef with him. I think he’s great in every way, it just sucks that he has my belt. Let’s see how we solve it.”


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Volkan Oezdemir Pulled from UFC Hamburg Headliner, Meets Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 227

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Fired up Alexander Gustafsson Has Made Some Interesting Bout Proposals…

(This post originally appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

Alexander Gustafsson is still looking for his next fight, and the perennial, light-heavyweight contender has made some pretty interesting proposals on that front…

Gustafsson hasn’t fought now since May, 2017, when he took out Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 109. “The Mauler” believed the win, and his #1 ranking would deliver him a rematch with the champ, Daniel Cormier. But, then the UFC dropped jaws throughout the sport by announcing Cormier will fight heavyweight champ, Stipe Miocic, on July 7th. That didn’t sit too well with the Swedish star.

Well, more recently Gustafsson has offered to welcome Luke Rockhold to the light-heavyweight division. But, following Yoel Romero’s failure to make weight for UFC 225, Dana White’s comments that the middleweight should move to 205, and Cormier’s  call for Gustafsson to fight Romero, “The Mauler” shared out this:

Now, of course, everyone and their dog would like to see Gustafsson fight Romero. But, so far, it doesn’t sound like the Cuban wrestler plans to leave middleweight behind. 

Gustafsson’s offer to step in for either Cormier or Miocic at UFC 226 is also, pretty, pretty interesting. If Cormier went down with an injury, one would think the UFC would tap another heavyweight contender to fight Miocic. But, if the heavyweight champ was sidelined, would the UFC have Gustafsson fight Cormier again? In a rematch at heavyweight?

Oezdemir is scheduled to fight “Shogun” on July 22th, so, if either one of those guys goes down, then Gustafsson would be an obvious option. All this aside, hopefully we see Gustafsson back in the cage, sooner than later.

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Fired up Alexander Gustafsson Has Made Some Interesting Bout Proposals…

(This post originally appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

Alexander Gustafsson is still looking for his next fight, and the perennial, light-heavyweight contender has made some pretty interesting proposals on that front…

Gustafsson hasn’t fought now since May, 2017, when he took out Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 109. “The Mauler” believed the win, and his #1 ranking would deliver him a rematch with the champ, Daniel Cormier. But, then the UFC dropped jaws throughout the sport by announcing Cormier will fight heavyweight champ, Stipe Miocic, on July 7th. That didn’t sit too well with the Swedish star.

Well, more recently Gustafsson has offered to welcome Luke Rockhold to the light-heavyweight division. But, following Yoel Romero’s failure to make weight for UFC 225, Dana White’s comments that the middleweight should move to 205, and Cormier’s  call for Gustafsson to fight Romero, “The Mauler” shared out this:

Now, of course, everyone and their dog would like to see Gustafsson fight Romero. But, so far, it doesn’t sound like the Cuban wrestler plans to leave middleweight behind. 

Gustafsson’s offer to step in for either Cormier or Miocic at UFC 226 is also, pretty, pretty interesting. If Cormier went down with an injury, one would think the UFC would tap another heavyweight contender to fight Miocic. But, if the heavyweight champ was sidelined, would the UFC have Gustafsson fight Cormier again? In a rematch at heavyweight?

Oezdemir is scheduled to fight “Shogun” on July 22th, so, if either one of those guys goes down, then Gustafsson would be an obvious option. All this aside, hopefully we see Gustafsson back in the cage, sooner than later.

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Fired up Alexander Gustafsson Has Made Some Interesting Bout Proposals…

(This post originally appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

Alexander Gustafsson is still looking for his next fight, and the perennial, light-heavyweight contender has made some pretty interesting proposals on that front…

Gustafsson hasn’t fought now since May, 2017, when he took out Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 109. “The Mauler” believed the win, and his #1 ranking would deliver him a rematch with the champ, Daniel Cormier. But, then the UFC dropped jaws throughout the sport by announcing Cormier will fight heavyweight champ, Stipe Miocic, on July 7th. That didn’t sit too well with the Swedish star.

Well, more recently Gustafsson has offered to welcome Luke Rockhold to the light-heavyweight division. But, following Yoel Romero’s failure to make weight for UFC 225, Dana White’s comments that the middleweight should move to 205, and Cormier’s  call for Gustafsson to fight Romero, “The Mauler” shared out this:

Now, of course, everyone and their dog would like to see Gustafsson fight Romero. But, so far, it doesn’t sound like the Cuban wrestler plans to leave middleweight behind. 

Gustafsson’s offer to step in for either Cormier or Miocic at UFC 226 is also, pretty, pretty interesting. If Cormier went down with an injury, one would think the UFC would tap another heavyweight contender to fight Miocic. But, if the heavyweight champ was sidelined, would the UFC have Gustafsson fight Cormier again? In a rematch at heavyweight?

Oezdemir is scheduled to fight “Shogun” on July 22th, so, if either one of those guys goes down, then Gustafsson would be an obvious option. All this aside, hopefully we see Gustafsson back in the cage, sooner than later.

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White: Rockhold Vs Gustafsson Targeted For UFC 227

I guess Luke Rockhold is giving up on that Bisping rubber match.

Instead, the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight titleholder will make good on his promise to jump up to light heavyweight for a run at the division strap after his middleweight stint ended in disaster.

The means to that end would be a light heavyweight slugfest against two-time title contender Alexander Gustafsson, according to UFC President Dana White (via UFC Unfiltered), in a late summer showdown set for “The City of Angels.”

“In my perfect world, if everything goes perfect, and nothing ever goes perfect in this world, [it will be] Dillashaw vs Garbrandt, GSP vs Diaz would be the co-main, Gustafsson vs Rockhold and Brunson vs Antonio Carlos Jr.,” White said. “It’s very interesting.”

The aforementioned bouts — including the return of Georges St-Pierre — are planned for the upcoming UFC 227 pay-per-view (PPV) event on August 4, 2018 inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Rockhold (16-4) said goodbye to the 185-pound weight class after getting murdered by Yoel Romero at UFC 221. Gustafsson (18-4), meanwhile, has not competed since planting Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 109 roughly one year back.

Whether or not this bout — or any others — comes to fruition remains to be seen.

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Dana White: GSP vs. Nate Diaz, Alexander Gustafsson vs. Luke Rockhold Targeted for UFC 227

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Light Heavyweight Contender Alexander Gustafsson Signs New Multi-Fight Deal with UFC

Alexander Gustafsson has signed a new multi-fight deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, announcing on his Instagram that he “will be fighting very soon.”
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Light Heavyweight Contender Alexander Gustafsson Signs New Multi-Fight Deal with UFC

Alexander Gustafsson has signed a new multi-fight deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, announcing on his Instagram that he “will be fighting very soon.”
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