UFC light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson had dreams of earning a title-shot in front of his fellow Swedes this Saturday night by beating former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi in the main event of UFC on Fuel 9. However, an untimely incident cost Gustafsson the opportunity, as he suffered a cut on what was apparently a freak occurrence in the gym.
Gustafsson provided details on the situation, including an image of the cut, in a recent posting on his personal website, writing…
To all of you who are wondering I will tell you what happened:
During Thursday’s (March 28) class, as we ran wrestling drills, I lost my balance and pitched forward, hitting my eyebrow on a corner post in a very unfortunate way. Immediately after it happened, I went to the hospital and got three stitches. I was quite prepared to compete, until the doctors called and told me that the cut will not have time to heal in time before the fight.
It is of course extremely sad when training camp has gone very well. Except for the eyebrow, I am in my best shape and completely ready for the fight. It is also sad for my opponent, Gegard Mousasi, who has also been training long and hard for this match.
I and my team have done everything we can to get set up and compete despite the cut. It is unfortunately not in our hands anymore.
I am extremely sorry for this and I feel for Gegard Mousasi. The next step now is that I sit down with the team and plan the future.
Thanks again for all your support!
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