Alexander Gustafsson felt like he had plenty of time to heal up and fight Gegard Mousasi this weekend. The Swedish MMA Federation, though, disagreed, forcing his removal from the planned main event.
Gustafsson suffered a cut while training last week in Sweden, requiring three stitches below his eyebrow. When the committee of doctors looked over the injury earlier this week, they failed to pass him for action. “The Mauler” discussed the past several days with MMAjunkie.com.
“It’s been a circus,” Gustafsson said. “This is the first time it’s ever happened in my career, so it’s a new thing for me, and it’s been tough. I wasn’t going to train any more before the fight (after the cut). Then I guess someone found out about it and someone else found out about it. It was just a chain reaction.”
Gustafsson (15-1) was looking to cement his status in the 205-pound division with a win over Mousasi, who will face Ilir Latifi instead. He was able to make a few jokes about the injury now, including a comment about keeping himself healthy before his next fight.
“The last three weeks, I will start wearing headgear, even when I sleep,” he said. “It’s a lesson, and I learned from it. Let’s look forward now.”