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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.”
UFC 229 sold out within three minutes after tickets went on sale this week, likely due to the return of Conor McGregor. “The Notorious” is set to take on Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in an effort to reclaim the belt McGregor won at UFC 205 back in 2016.
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After Paulo Costa demolished Uriah Hall at the UFC 226 pay-per-view (PPV) event earlier this month in Las Vegas, Nevada, fantasy matchmakers were already calling for a showdown against Israel Adesanya, fresh off his unanimous decision win over Brad Tavares at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 27 Finale.
Unfortunately “The Eraser” never heard of Adesanya and instead called out Chris Weidman.
That’s just fine with “The Last Stylebender,” who will now set his sights on former middleweight champion Anderson Silva, once “The Spider” returns from his drug-test suspension in November.
“Yo for real…no bullshit, if not for Anderson Silva I wouldn’t have looked at fighting from a different perspective,” Adesanya wrote on Instagram. “I was under the impression you gotta look like [Paulo Costa] to be a fighter. ‘The Spider’ been fucking up muscled up beefcakes since ages ago as a lean aerodynamic man. Just cuz I’m a fan don’t mean you can’t catch these hands…and feets. So yes I am down…will do it fih di culture of fighting!”
Hopefully the Brazilian isn’t too busy dreaming about this fight to notice.
Adesanya (14-0) remains undefeated in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career after a stellar run on the kickboxing circuit. While his wins have been impressive, “The Last Stylebender” has yet to face the upper echelon of the division.
As for Silva (34-8, 1 NC), he’s now 43 years old and has just one victory over the last five years, a controversial decision win over Derek Brunson at UFC 208. What’s left in “The Spider’s” tank remains to be seen.
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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, will be eligible to make his return to mixed martial arts (MMA) this November after reaching a deal with United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
“The Spider” was popped for performance-enhancing drugs ahead of his Kelvin Gastelum fight at UFC Shanghai last fall, the second time the Brazilian pissed dirty in his UFC career. Silva, however, maintained his innocence and eventually proved his positive result stemmed from tainted supplements, hence the reduced sentence.
“I am vindicated,” Silva said in a prepared statement (via Ariel Helwani). “The past nine months have been extremely difficult. I felt like my career and everything I had worked so hard for was dying and my future was hanging in the balance.”
“I knew in my heart that I had done nothing wrong and fully cooperated with USADA during their inquiry to prove it,” Silva continued. “Today I have a renewed energy. My legacy is restored. I can focus on getting back into the ring and the next chapter of my life after fighting.”
Silva (34-8) has not competed since capturing a questionable decision win over Derek Brunson at the UFC 208 pay-per-view (PPV) event in early 2017. Now 43, “The Spider” will have his work cut out for him if he hopes to hang with the next generation of middleweight strikers.
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The MMA world was turned upside down by the profane in-cage promo cut by Brock Lesnar after Daniel Cormier knocked out Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in their title fight at UFC 226 on Saturday. However, it seems few within the sport other than Cormier are excited about the WWE superstar’s UFC return. Count Junior dos Santos in with those who are dubious about Lesnar’s prospects.
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