Alexander Gustafsson

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One of the biggest free televised fights in Sweden has officially been cancelled. The Swedish MMA Federation today announced that Alexander Gustafsson has not been cleared to fight at Saturday’s UFC on FUEL TV 9 event due to his facial cut.

Gustafsson will no longer headline the FUEL TV-televised event (Fuel Tv 9), where he was scheduled to fight former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion and UFC newcomer Gegard Mousasi. This was supposed to be Gustafsson’s second fight this year in his home country.

Gustafsson suffered a cut near his eyebrow during a recent training session this past weekend and it was deemed too substantial. The SMMAF, which is Sweden’s local regulatory body, won’t clear him to fight. An initial examination took place on Saturday, and today’s exam sealed the deal.

“The SMMAF Medical Committee has today reviewed the circumstances regarding Gustafsson and his injury,” a statement read. “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.”

UFC officials haven’t made a formal announcement as of yet.. It’s unknown if Mousasi will get a late-replacement or opponent if the card will be shuffled. An update is expected shortly.

~ Final Thought ~

Wanderlei Silva may have made a little April fool’s joke saying he was stepping in for Gustafsson, but I would actually like that fight to happen. I hope Musasi doesn’t get pulled off this card. I was very excited for this fight, and if Musasi wants to wait for Gustafsson I would completely respect that, but after a hard camp I would like to see someone step up to take on the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion.