UFC on FUEL TV 9 will be remembered for several reasons, but the biggest might be the decision by the Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation (SMMAF) to not allow Alexander Gustafsson to compete. Days before the fight, Gustafsson suffered a cut above his eye and he was not cleared to fight.
The day of the fight, Gustafsson said the stitches had already been removed and he showed were the injury took place. It appeared that the cut was healed and UFC president Dana White agreed by bashing the SMMAF for not allowing Gustafsson to fight.
SMMAF president George Sallfeldt has started an internal inquiry to see if the correct call was made.
“We will be looking into the situation that happened, and the way it happened,” said Sallfeldt to Telegraph Sport. “We’ll be asking the medical committee how they arrived at their decision [on the Tuesday night] and why it was made when it was. It someone contacts the federation it is difficult to do anything different to what happened. But I have to say that this situation has never happened before.”
Gustafsson would have been competing in his home country against Gegard Mousasi. Instead, the UFC named his training partner, Ilir Latifi, as a last minute replacement since nobody could be flown into Sweden on such short notice.
Mousasi defeated Latifi via decision.