Fans were let down this week when news surfaced stating UFC light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson suffered a serious cut in training, ultimately being forced to withdraw from his UFC on Fuel 9 fight with Gegard Mousasi based on the danger posed to his health. However, no one was more disappointed by the situation than Gustafsson himself.
In addition to providing Gustafsson an opportunity to compete in front of his fellow Swedes, a victory would have resulted in a crack at the championship for the streaking 26-year old.
Gustafsson went on his website earlier today where he expressed his frustration in addition to providing details about how he ended up on the shelf a little more than a week out from Saturday night’s show.
His full statement can be found below:
“To all of you who are wondering I will tell you what happened:
During Thursday’s (March 28) class, as we ran wrestling drills, I lost my balance and pitched forward, hitting my eyebrow on a corner post in a very unfortunate way. Immediately after it happened, I went to the hospital and got three stitches. I was quite prepared to compete, until the doctors called and told me that the cut will not have time to heal in time before the fight.
It is of course extremely sad when training camp has gone very well. Except for the eyebrow, I am in my best shape and completely ready for the fight. It is also sad for my opponent, Gegard Mousasi, who has also been training long and hard for this match.
I and my team have done everything we can to get set up and compete despite the cut. It is unfortunately not in our hands anymore.
I am extremely sorry for this and I feel for Gegard Mousasi. The next step now is that I sit down with the team and plan the future.
Thanks again for all your support!”
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