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Alexander Gustafsson suffers facial cut, UFC on FUEL TV 9 bout with Gegard Mousasi in jeopardy

According to multiple reports from Swedish media, Alexander Gustafsson suffered a facial cut in training over his eye deep enough to put his bout with Gegard Mousasi at UFC on FUEL TV 9 in serious jeopardy. Svt.se was the first to report the news. MMANyett.se confirmed it as did MMA Viking. Attempts by MMA Fighting to reach UFC officials for confirmation were not successful. Further attempts to reach Gustafsson were also unsuccessful. The UFC has not made any formal announcements regarding the bout. For now, Gustafsson is still currently scheduled to headline UFC on FUEL TV 9 this Saturday, April 6th, at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Gustafsson’s hometown. He is set to face former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi. In speaking to members of Gegard Mousasi’s camp, they tell MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani they have not been informed of the fight’s status in one way or the other. Reports indicate Gustafsson was cut in training and taken to the emergency room for treatment. The UFC light heavyweight was initially told his injury would take three to four weeks to properly heal. Doctors for the Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation (SMMAF), the regulatory body overseeing Saturday’s event, have also indicated it appears ‘unlikely’ ‘The Mauler’ would be healed in time to compete. George Sallfeldt, the President of the SMMAF, indicated it would take a ‘miracle’ for the cut to heal quickly enough before Saturday.

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