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Alexander Gustafsson

31-Year-Old     UFC     Light Heavyweight     17-4-0

STATUS:  Out   INJURY:  Shoulder    EST. RETURN:  8/4/2018
Birthdate:  January 15, 1987     Height:   6'4    

May 27, 2018    Alexander Gustafsson News

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UFC President Dana White confirmed to reporters Sunday that Gustafsson (shoulder) is expected to fight at UFC 227 on Aug. 4 in Los Angeles, Damon Martin of UFC.com reports.

The promotion had originally been targeting a matchup between Gustafsson and Luke Rockhold for the event, but with Rockhold having recently suffered a leg injury that rendered him unable to train, the UFC will begin exploring other options. With Jon Jones suspended and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier tied up in another fight (along with the other top four contenders in the division), it's unclear what direction the promotion will take. UFC 227 is scheduled to take place at the Staples Center, where a bantamweight title fight between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt is expected to headline the card.

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Gustafsson (shoulder) signed a contract extension with the UFC on Thursday, according to his official Twitter account.

Fantasy Analysis

Gustafsson has been out since November of 2017 after having to undergo shoulder surgery, and while there were rumors circulating about the fighter retiring, the signing of a new contract puts that all to rest. The question now is what is next for Gustafsson, as even if he is fully recovered from the shoulder injury, his weight division is fairly shallow at the moment, which could lead to some difficulty in finding his next opponent.
Gustafsson will be out for the foreseeable future after undergoing shoulder surgery earlier this week, Damon Martin of MMAnytt.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

It's expected that Gustafsson will be on the shelf for a few months at the bare minimum, and he likely won't be back in action until the spring of 2018, following his rehab and recovery. During his latest fight in May, Gustafsson defeated Glover Teixeira via KO (punch) at UFC Fight Night 109 in Stockholm, which marked his second consecutive victory.
Gustafsson defeated Glover Teixeira via KO (punch) at 1:07 of Round 5 at UFC Fight Night 109 in Stockholm on Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

This fight was all about Gustafsson's movement on the outside and his uppercut. He landed with the punch liberally throughout the fight, in the final round, he used it to finish the fight. Teixeira stayed in the fight as long as he could, but he struggled to catch Gustafsson with punches throughout the contest. It appears that the Swedish fighter has made improvements and might do better in a rematch against Daniel Cormier or Jon Jones. He has now won back-to-back fights since falling to Cormier in 2016. For the first time in his career, Gustafsson won a bout that went into the "championship rounds."
Gustafsson is slated to face Glover Teixeira in a light heavyweight showdown on May 28 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Fantasy Analysis

The bout is expected to be a competitive match as Gustafsson currently ranks as the No. 2 light heavyweight fighter in the world while Teixeira comes into the fight ranked as the No. 3 light heavyweight fighter. The Swedish native, Gustafsson boasts a 17-4 record with 59 percent of his wins coming via TKO. Meanwhile, Brazilian native Glover Teixeira owns a slightly better record at 26-5 over 31 fights. However, Teixeira has dropped tow of his last four which could be something to keep an eye on as the fight inches closer.
Gustafsson's fight against Glover Teixeira has been confirmed for UFC Stockholm on May 28.

Fantasy Analysis

Gustafsson, coming off a bounceback victory over Jan Blachowicz, will get an opportunity to fight in front of his hometown crowd in Stockholm. A striker by trade, Gustafsson will need to place an emphasis on takedown defense, which has never been a problem for him in the past. "The Mauler" has defended takedowns at a rate of 86 percent in his professional career, and in fights against Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones, he allowed just two takedowns combined. Gustafsson, 30, will be seven years younger than the Brazilian he's welcoming to town, and will likely open as the betting favorite.
Gustafsson is in line to fight Glover Teixeira on May 28 in Stockholm, ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Gustaffson bowed out of his last scheduled fight due to a nagging back injury but adjusted his training regimen and looks to be back to full strength. While he and Teixeira are two of the best light heavyweights in the world, the former is 2-2 in his last four fights while the latter is 4-1 in his last five.
Gustafsson is dealing with an undisclosed injury and will no longer face Antonio Nogueira in Brazil on Nov. 19, Damon Martin of FOX Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

In his place, Ryan Bader will fill in as a replacement to face Nogueira. It remains unclear what type of injury Gustafsson is dealing with.
Gustafsson will face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC Fight Night 100 in November, Esther Lin of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Gustafsson recently rebounded from a two-fight skid to defeat Jan Blachowicz by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 93. He'll now get the chance to the face 40-year old Minotouro Nogueira, who is in a similar situation. Nogueira however, showed he still has the chops to force a first-round knockout despite his age, and could prove to be a challenge for Gustafsson.
Gustafsson defeated Jan Blachowicz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Hamburg, Germany.

Fantasy Analysis

The Mauler certainly got popped a few more times than he would have liked early in the bout in his first fight in 11 months, but as soon as he turned to his wrestling game, the tide changed. Gustafsson was able to score a takedown whenever he wanted, finishing with four total over the course of the bout. He ended up with 10:45 worth of control time and a 139-55 advantage in terms of total strikes, although the vast majority of those came from top position. Gustafsson has proven time and time again that he can take a beating, so a few early shots from Blachowicz weren't going to impact him in the least. With Rumble Johnson set to fight Daniel Cormier for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship and with Jon Jones MIA, there aren't a ton of options that make sense for the Big Swede. A fight against Ryan Bader, who was also victorious on Saturday, probably makes the most sense. There is a massive gap between the top four contenders in the light heavyweight division (not including Jones) and everyone else.
Gustafsson (-750) is a monumental favorite for his light heavyweight bout against Jan Blachowicz which will take place at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Hamburg, Germany.

Fantasy Analysis

Although Gustafsson has lost three of his last four, that stat comes with an asterisk. The losses came against current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier, former champion Jon Jones, and top title contender Anthony Johnson. Other than those three fights, The Mauler has mopped the floor with just about every other opponent that he has faced. Sooner or later, Gustafsson is going to have to beat one of the top guys if he wants to stay in title contention, but Blachowicz doesn't posses anywhere near the ability of any of those fighters. It should be an easy night for the big Swede.
Gustafsson will face Jan Blachowicz in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC Hamburg on Sept. 3.

Fantasy Analysis

Gustafsson is coming off back-to-back losses, but they have been against some of the top fighters in the division in Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson. He'll get a chance to start a new winning streak against an unranked opponent in a fight where he should enter as a big favorite.
Gustafsson came up short once again in his quest for the UFC light heavyweight title, dropping a split decision (47-48, 48-47, 46-49) to Daniel Cormier at UFC 192 on Saturday in Houston.

Fantasy Analysis

It's hard to see how Gustafsson got the call from one of the judges, but despite the loss, he deserves all the credit in the world. He took everything Cormier could throw at him and ate it. He is as tough as nails and the amount of punishment that Gustafsson can absorb is remarkable. It looked like Gustafsson had a chance for a stoppage win after landing a huge knee late in the third round, but DC somehow recovered very quickly and was able to last until the bell rang. The Swede even landed a couple of takedowns on the former Olympian. Gustafsson has now come up short in both of his attempts to win the light heavyweight title, but he took both Cormier and former champion Jon Jones to the brink. If nothing else, Gustafsson has proven that he is right up there with the very best in the world at 205 pounds.
Gustafsson is a clear underdog for Saturday's UFC light heavyweight title fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 192 on Saturday in Houston.

Fantasy Analysis

Jon Jones' legal troubles have thrusted Gustafsson right back into the title picture. The Swede was brutally knocked out by Anthony Johnson in his last fight, but the UFC brass still decided that Gustafsson was the best option for Cormier's first title defense. Gustafsson will have to use his size and length if he wants to prevail on Saturday.
Gustafsson will face Daniel Cormier in the main event for the UFC light heavyweight championship at UFC 192 on October 3 in Houston, UFC.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Outside of Cormier, no one benefited from the meltdown of Jon Jones more than Gustafsson. He was brutally knocked out by Anthony Johnson in his last bout, but he still gets his second title shot in 22 months. Gustafsson will almost certainly follow the game plan of Jones, who defeated Cormier by using his length to his advantage and landing a ton of knees.
It was announced Wednesday on UFC Tonight that Gustafsson will get the next title shot against current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.

Fantasy Analysis

The date and venue is still to be determined. Despite the fact he was brutally knocked out by Anthony Johnson in his last bout, Gustafsson still gets the call. Ryan Bader was really the only other option but DC v. Gustafsson would clearly make for a higher profile fight. Gustafsson, of course, gave former champion Jon Jones his greatest challenge back at UFC 165 in September 2013.