Alexander Gustafsson
The Mauler


Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 10/2/2021
Withdraws with injury
August 21, 2021
Gustafsson (undisclosed) withdrew from his Sept. 4 fight versus Paul Craig with an injury, reports.
Gustafsson was expected to make a return to light heavyweight in this bout, but the injury nullifies that. It's unclear what injury he's battling or when he'll be able to fight again.
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Back to light heavyweight
July 1, 2021
Gustafsson will take on Paul Craig in a light heavyweight bout at the UFC event Sept. 4, FrontkickOnline reports.
Gustafsson was last in the Octagon back in July of 2020 when he was defeated via submission by Fabricio Werdum in his heavyweight debut. Gustafsson had originally retired at age 32 following a loss to Anthony Smith back in June of 2019. He will return to his traditional light heavyweight division in September for another shot at it.
Submitted in heavyweight debut
July 25, 2020
Gustafsson lost to Fabricio Werdum via submission (Armbar) at 2:30 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Not good. Making his heavyweight debut after a storied career at 205 pounds, Gus lasted all of 150 seconds. Werdum is especially weak in the striking game at his advanced age, but he can still submit any man in the world if given the opportunity, and Gustafsson found himself in a bad situation almost immediately. Gus "retired" following his submission loss to Anthony Smith in June 2019 before quickly getting the urge to return. He figures to have a more much difficult decision on his hands this time around. Gus has suffered three stoppage losses in a row and is without a victory in well over three years. It's impossible to believe the company would just cut their losses assuming the big Swede wants to continue fighting at age 33, but there are virtually no fights that make sense for him at the moment.
Comeback official on July 25 card
June 5, 2020
Gustafsson will square off against Fabricio Werdum on the July 25 "Fight Island" card, Mike Bohn of reports.
Gustafsson suggested last September that he was discussing a potential comeback with the UFC brass but nothing had come to fruition until now. Gustafsson will move up to the heavyweight division for his first fight in over a year and gets a tough task in Werdum, a former heavyweight champ. Both fighters enter the bout looking to shake off a pair of losses in each of their last two bouts.
Considering comeback
September 2, 2019
Gustafsson is discussing a potential comeback with UFC brass, according to Ryan O'Leary of MMA Viking.
Gustafsson shocked fans when he retired at the age of 32 following a June 1 loss to Anthony Smith in front of his home country, so it's not too surprising to find out that decision may have been a little premature. He claims to currently weigh in the range of 240-25 pounds, however, which means he likely needs some time in the gym prior to making any kind of return fight official. While a return fight could be in the works for a while, Gustafsson did express an openness to fighting Luke Rockhold, who like Gustafsson, is coming off a two-fight losing streak.
Stuns crowd with retirement
June 1, 2019
Gustafsson lost to Anthony Smith via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:38 of Round 4 at UFC Fight Night 153 in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday.
Gus looked a bit lethargic in the early going, allowing his opponent to pressure him to the fence and land strikes for the better part of the first two rounds. He was able to take control with some nice combinations and a big body kick in the third, but a failed takedown attempt in Round 4 allowed Smith to take the back and sink in the choke. Gustafsson was visibly upset after the loss, telling the crowd "the show is over, guys" before leaving his gloves in the cage. Whether this is a true retirement or just a product of frustration is yet to be seen, but it's possible that Gustafsson is having a hard time seeing his way back to the title picture after the fourth loss in his last six fights. If he were to call it quits, "The Mauler" would finish his professional MMA career with a record of 18-6.