The 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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