It was made official yesterday that a planned main event between Alexander Gustafsson and Gegard Mousasi at this weekend’s UFC on FUEL TV 9 card in Sweden was called off. Immediately, the UFC tabbed Gustafsson’s training partner Ilir Latifi as the replacement to face Mousasi, but Gustafsson wanted to clear up the injury and cut that forced him to pull from the card.
Here is a portion of Gustafsson’s statement on the cut, which was translated from the original Swedish version:
A message to my fans,
To all of you who are wondering, I would tell you what the situation looks like, and what happened:
During Thursday’s (March 28) passes as we ran wrestling exercises I lost my balance and pitched eyebrow in a very unfortunate way when I hit my head on one burpelaren. Immediately after it happened, I went to the hospital and sewed three stitches. I was quite prepared to compete until the doctors called and told me that cuttet is unfortunate and will not have time to heal in time until the gala.
Me and my team have done everything we can to get set up and race despite the injury, but the decision is unfortunately not in our hands. I am extremely sorry for this and I feel with Gegard Mousasi. I also suffer with the fans who have been looking forward to this event and this match. Would also like to thank my entire team who have helped and supported me all the way. The next step now is that I sit down with the team and planning the future.
You can read the full statement here.
After reading the statement and seeing the cut, you have to feel bad for Gustafsson. He was set to fight in front of his fans in his home country, when he suffered the unfortunate cut. When you see it, the location of the cut is in the worst possible place and it is shocking that it only required three stitches.
There is no way this would have healed by Saturday and blood would have been pouring in to Gustafsson’s eye as Mousasi pummeled away at the cut.
Hopefully Gustafsson can get back in to the cage very soon. A potential No. 1 contender match with Lyoto Machida sounds like a great idea to me.