A pivotal light heavyweight bout between Alexander Gustafsson and Gegard Mousasi taking place in the upcoming UFC on Fuel TV card is potentially going to get cancelled. Apparently, Gustafsson suffered a cut during training, and will not be able to participate in his bout against Gegard Mousasi.
This news comes via MMANytt, who confirmed that there is a 99 percent chance of Gustafsson not being medically cleared to fight. It’s devastating news for Gustafsson, as he had the chance to get a title shot if he was victorious against Gegard. Now, it looks like the UFC will have to scrap the event all together, which would have taken place April 6, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden.
For Swedish fans, this is not the news they were looking for. They were expecting to see a dynamic light heavyweight bout between two of the best strikers in the division. Hopefully, the UFC can find a late replacement and still save the card.
In terms of replacements, the only light heavyweight fighters that might be able to step up on short notice include Rashad Evans or Dan Henderson. Both of these fighters are scheduled to face each other, so they should be in pretty good shape to fight for five rounds. If this event is indeed cancelled, then the next UFC card will be the TUF Finale for season 17, which showcases a bantamweight bout between Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen.
For Gustafsson, he will have to wait on the final verdict from the athletic commission, but it doesn’t look good at this point. Stay tuned for the latest news concerning this light heavyweight bout.