alexander-gustafsson-2.jpgDespite a facial cut that has his status as questionable for Saturday’s UFC on FUEL TV 9 headliner, Alexander Gustafsson is still scheduled to fight – for now.

On Sunday multiple reports suggested the Swede, who suffered a cut near his eyebrow during a recent training session, would be unavailable for the event, which takes place at Stockholm’s Ericsson Globe Arena.

But on Sunday night, UFC President Dana White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the fight hasn’t been canceled and that Gustafsson wants to remain on the card.

Gustafsson (15-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) is slated to fight UFC newcomer and fellow light heavyweight Gegard Mousasi (33-3-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in the FUEL TV-televised headliner of the event. Gustafsson also fought in his home country when he headlined the UFC’s first Sweden event, UFC on FUEL TV 2, in 2012.

The event’s sales and marketing materials have featured Gustafsson prominently. He’s undoubtedly the highest-profile fighter on the card.

While the Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation ultimately will decide Gustafsson’s fate, the 26-year-old is anxious to extend his win streak, which currently stands at seven fights. A victory over Mousasi could potentially earn Gustafsson a title shot, though Lyoto Machida also is in the mix.

Regardless, expect some type of official announcement later today.

For more on UFC on FUEL TV 9, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Alexander Gustafsson)

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