Found April 02, 2013 on
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.
“UFC news my guys fight Saturday [against Gegard Mousasi]!!! What you think? UFC just contact me about Saturday,” Silva tweeted Monday. “I am read I don’t have any injure and training a lot. Fight is fight!!!”
Well, it appears the joke was on us. Only “The Axe Murderer” is the only one laughing.
“I catch you wand the best April first ever!! But I would like this to be true!!!” Silva wrote Tuesday morning.
Quite the knee slapper…
Word broke over the weekend that Gustafsson recently suffered a cut during training that put his critical bout with Mousasi in jeopardy. The UFC is still holding out hope that the Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation will clear ”The Mauler” for Saturday’s the main event.
Mousasi hopped on a plane destined for Sweden this morning, unsure of exactly who he’ll be staring across the cage at in four days.
The UFC has not addressed a Plan-B if Gustafsson is pulled. Here’s guessing Wandy is out of the question. As the bout order currently stands, the lightweight tango between Ryan Couture and Ross Pearson will headline UFC on FUEL TV 9 if Gustafsson vs. Mousasi is shelved.
Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm hosts Saturday’s festivities.
Here is the show’s current lineup:
(Facebook 10:50AM ET/7:50 AM PT)
Tor Troeng vs. Adam Cella
Papy Abedi vs. Besam Yousef
Michael Kuiper vs. Tom Lawlor
Ben Alloway vs. Ryan LaFlare
Conor McGregor vs. Marcus Brimage
Chris Spang vs. Adlan Amagov
Michael Johnson vs. Reza Madadi
(FUEL TV 2PM ET/11AM PT)
Akira Corassani vs. Robbie Peralta
Diego Brandao vs. Pablo Garza
Brad Pickett vs. Mike Easton
Matt Mitrione vs. Philip De Fries
Ryan Couture vs. Ross Pearson
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Gegard Mousasi
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
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.
With less than a week remaining until the curtain is drawn on UFC on FUEL TV 9, the show’s featured attraction appears to be in serious jeopardy. According to Swedish news outlet MMANytt, Alexander Gustafsson (pictured) has suffered a cut that has put Saturday’s scrap against Gegard Mousasi in limbo.
The Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation will now determine whether Gustafsson...
Gegard Mousasi gets a new opponent for UFC on Fuel TV 9. His new opponent won't get the best Mousasi.
"After surgery, it's been difficult to prepare physically for this fight," Mousasi told FOXSports.com. "I have changed a bit. I don't think I will be able to do what I did in the past."
Mousasi was originally slated to face Alexander Gustafsson,...
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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
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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 [...]
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...