Alexander Gustafsson’s return to lively competitors continues to be a bumpy journey.
The previous mild heavyweight contender has been limping alongside preventing simply yearly for the previous 5 years, together with his final win coming again in 2017. A short retirement following a 2019 loss to Anthony Smith was adopted by a quick first spherical loss to Fabricio Werdum in his 2020 heavyweight debut. Now his 2021 return to mild heavyweight competitors has been known as off as a result of Swede struggling an harm.
MMA Junkie was first to announce that an undisclosed harm would take Gustafsson off a September 4th UFC Battle Night time (UFC Vegas 36 for these nonetheless preserving rely). No phrase but on whether or not his opponent Paul Craig will stay on the cardboard or be shifted round — we suppose that depends upon the character of Gustafsson’s harm and whether or not the UFC can wrangle an honest 205er on two weeks discover.
Paul Craig is at present on a 5 struggle win streak together with his two newest victories coming in opposition to hyped prospect Jamahal Hill and PRIDE legend Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Whereas technically unranked resulting from all that retiring and division leaping, Gustafsson would nonetheless have been a large identify on Craig’s resume, the type of factor to push him manner up from his present #12 rating within the division.
Neither Craig nor Gustafsson have commented on the struggle cancellation since information broke on Saturday night time. We’ll hold you within the loop on what occurs subsequent with Craig and what precisely occurred to “The Mauler.”
UFC Vegas 36 goes down on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and is headlined by Derek Brunson vs. Darren Until.