Originally posted on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 4/3/13
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 t...
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