There had been some questions and concerns surrounding the availability of UFC light-heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson who was set to headline this weekend’s UFC on FUEL TV 9 card in his home country of Sweden against Gegard Mousasi, but now we have answers and they aren’t what the fans and the UFC was hoping for.
Gustafsson will not be cleared by the Swedish MMA Federation and will not be able to participate in the main event this weekend.
Gustafsson suffered a cut during training last week and was originally examined on Saturday when the concerns began to surface. He had a follow up today and the cut had not healed enough to satisfy Sweden’s regulatory body. As a result, he was not cleared for the event.
“The SMMAF Medical Committee has today reviewed the circumstances regarding Gustafsson and his injury,” the Swedish MMA Federation announced in a statement. “The SMMAF Medical Committee recognizes that a competitor cannot be medically cleared earlier than the day before the match.
“However, bearing in mind that a correct medical examination that met the regulatory demands has been performed, nothing in the SMMAF regulations hinders the SMMAF Medical Committee from making a decision to stop Gustafsson from competing. As it is clear that Alexander Gustafsson will not be fit to compete as planned and cannot be medically cleared on Friday the 5th of April, the SMMAF Medical Committee has today decided that Alexander Gustafsson will not be allowed to participate in the planned match.”
There was no immediate word on a replacement for Gustafsson or if the organization would decide to reschedule to bout with Mousasi, but an official announcement and more details are expected to come from the organization soon.
UFC on FUEL TV 9 will take place this Saturday at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm.
We will just have to await word on the new main event.