UFC President Dana White says Alexander Gustafsson-Gegard Mousasi is a still a go

UFC on Fuel 9 PosterThe MMA world thought an early April Fools Day joke had been played over the weekend when word started to circulate stating UFC light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson was on his way out of a scheduled scrap with Gegard Mousasi this coming weekend at UFC on Fuel 9. According to multiple reports, the slick Swede suffered a serious cut while training for the clash and wouldn’t be able to heal up in time to be cleared.

However, UFC President Dana White offered a different update to fans overnight, relaying a message through UFC Tonight reporter Ariel Helwani.

“The SAC has not said he can’t fight and he wants to fight,” said White, also telling Helwani the main event match-up was “still on”.

Gustafsson is 15-1 and on the cusp of earning a title-shot. If he does indeed withdraw from the bout it is unknown if the UFC would be able to find a suitable replacement in time.

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5 COMMENTS
  • fanoftna33 says:

    Damm I was looking forward to this match up but it sounds like Dana is just telling he hasnt OFFICALLY been taken from the fight. Very bad news for Gustafson if he isnt cleared, hope he doesnt lose this oppertunity, even though I wanted Gegard to win.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    If Gustafsson can’t fight wonder if he’ll go the way of Thunder, be right on the verge of a title shot, then an injury sends him back down to the end of the line

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Man if they cancel this fight it could open the door to Ross Pierson vs Ryan Couture main event, how is that for your first UFC fight Ryan. Looking at the card I cant really see who else could Main Event it.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    As fanoftna touched on above, there really isn’t even a decent backup option on the current card to slide into main event status, so this feels a bit like the UFC 151 fiasco. And trying to find a replacement on a few days’ notice–particularly for an event happening outside the U.S.–is a long shot at best. But unlike 151 this isn’t a PPV card so the show will push thru one way or another.

    And that’s probably why Dana is still claiming that the main event is on… try to keep everyone calm & avoid killing the hype/momentum leading up to this weekend’s event, to buy some time for the UFC brass to figure out what to do. Hell, Dana will say whatever the hell he wants even if there’s no real tactic behind it… remember when he was still trying to assure us all, till practically the final hour, that Jeremy Stephens would be fighting despite the small issue of being incarcerated? Or GSP fighting Silva at Cowboys Stadium next month? The list could go on but with the garbage he spews I can only wonder how much of it is for strategic/hype purposes vs. how much of it is just his own zaniness and–at times–whacked out mind.

    Ah well, as much as it sucks, this fight should probably be pushed back a month or so. The cut figures to be an issue–even if psychological–and there’s a lot at stake with this matchup. Speaking of cuts, the UFC goes a little crazy cutting fighters of late and now all of a sudden a cut of a different type threatens to torpedo a UFC event. Coincidence….or karma? I’ll let each of y’all decide for yourselves….dun dun dunnnnn!!

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  • MCM says:

    Alex met with doctors today to see if he could fight on Sat. and they’ve called it off.

    Ariel Helwani ?@arielhelwani 2m
    BREAKING: “the SMMAF Medical Committee has today decided that Gustafsson will not be allowed to participate in the planned match on 4/6”

    I hope Wandy was only half joking.

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