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Lost in the madness of Alexander Gustafsson’s abrupt exit from Saturday’s main event against Gegard Mousasi (pictured) with an eyebrow gash and Ilir Latifi’s last-second substitution status is the fact Mousasi dedicated several months of his life preparing and focusing solely on Gustafsson.
Mousasi boarded a plane Tuesday destined for Sweden, uncertain of who he would be fighting in his big league debut.
By the time his aircraft landed, UFC president Dana White had announced little known Latifi agreed to step in on just four days’ notice to meet the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion.
Despite his now-nothing to gain and everything to lose predicament, Mousasi is thankful he still gets to showcase his skills on MMA’s biggest stage this Saturday as he had originally planned.
“Gegard and our team are disappointed to not be able to compete against Alexander Gustafsson,” Mousasi’s management expressed in a statement obtained by Swedish outlet MMANytt. “However, we understand the fight business and wish Alex a speedy recovery. We want to thank Ilir for stepping up last minute to take this fight.
“Gegard intends to make a great show with a strong performance for all the fans. Thank you to Dana White, Joe Silva, and the rest of the Zuffa team for working so diligently on this matter. Now it is time to fight and make a great show for the fans!”
Mousasi and Latifi meet Saturday inside Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. Some sportsbooks have pegged “The Dreamcatcher” as an astronomical 20-to-1 odds-on favorite.
FUEL TV broadcasts the main card live in America beginning at 2PM ET/11AM PT.
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The news of an Alexander Gustaffson cut during training has led to reports that the Swede is OUT of his UFC on Fuel TV 9 main event bout with Gegard Mousasi, who is making his UFC debut. Yes, this led to some deep introspection and we chucked a few prayers God’s way hoping that this wasn’t true, and now we are hearing reports that Gustaffson may be ready to fight.
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All the fighters slated to participate in tomorrow night’s “UFC on FUEL TV 9: Mousasi vs. Latifi” event will be tipping the scale today inside Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. The first athlete is scheduled to weigh-in at approximately 10AM ET/7AM PT.
Please click HERE if you would like to stream today’s weight competition.
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The official weigh-ins for “UFC on FUEL TV 9: Mousasi vs. Latifi” take place today inside Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Stream Friday’s weight contest live right here on 5thRound.com starting at 10AM ET/7AM PT.
Please click HERE for the official weigh-in results.
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UFC president Dana White announced today that Alexander Gustafsson teammate, Ilir Latifi will replace him this weekend at in a light heavyweight bout against Gegard Mousasi at UFC on FUEL TV 9. Gustafsson suffered a cut during training that caused him to be pulled from the card. Officials have not given a timetable as [...]
Man, those April Fools’ Day jokes sure are hilarious … if you’re 8 years old. With fight fans panicking over the past couple of days whether Alexander Gustafsson and his nasty gash will be cleared to compete Saturday at UFC on FUEL TV 9, 36-year-old Wanderlei Silva (pictured) took it upon himself to prank the MMA world on April 1.
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As anticipated, the Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation will not clear Alexander Gustafsson (pictured) to fight Gegard Mousasi Saturday at UFC on FUEL TV 9 due to a cut the light heavyweight recently suffered during training.
“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...
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makes you shake your head, more to the point, the actions of those involved
force you to shake your head. This is
the first weekly installment of what will be a tongue in cheek look at the
head shaking “Really?” moments. If you
make this article, don’t be angry, at me at least, you did it to yourself.
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