Alexander Gustafsson will not be allowed to compete in the UFC on Fuel TV 9 main event, according to a statement released Tuesday by the Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation Medical Committee. UFC on Fuel TV 9 takes place Saturday at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. Gustafsson was expected to face former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi before the Swedish prospect suffered a cut during his final sparring session that put the fight in jeopardy.

SMMAF President George Sallfeldt on Sunday told Sherdog.com’s Ryan O’Leary that there was a “99-percent chance” that Gustafsson would not be cleared in time to compete. The Swedish regulatory body today made that decision official in a statement:

“According to SMMAF regulations, the competitors in a match shall be examined by the certified appointed match doctor prior to the match. The examination is always carried out the day before the match; this is to safeguard that a competitor shall never be cleared for a match earlier than the day before the match.

“In the case of Alexander Gustafsson, there was a request for an early indicative medical examination which was immediately performed on March 30 (Easter Eve). The federation doctors that performed the examination informed Gustafsson that his injury was of such a nature that it was very unlikely that he would be medically cleared for a match in the near future. These doctors did not have a mandate to stop the match at the time of that examination.

“The SMMAF Medical Committee has today reviewed the circumstances regarding Gustafsson and his injury. The SMMAF Medical Committee recognizes that a competitor cannot be medically cleared earlier than the day before the match. However, bearing in mind that a correct medical examination that met the regulatory demands has been performed, nothing in the SMMAF regulations hinders the SMMAF Medical Committee from making a decision to stop Gustafsson from competing. As it is clear that Gustafsson will not be fit to compete as planned and cannot be medically cleared on Friday the [fifth] of April, the SMMAF Medical Committee has today decided that Alexander Gustafsson will not be allowed to participate in the planned match on April 6.”

It is currently unknown what will become of the UFC on Fuel TV 9 main event, and the UFC has not yet released a statement on the matter. The evening’s main card airs live on Fuel TV and will also feature a lightweight showdown between Ross Pearson and Ryan Couture.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC Breakdown: Fight Focus Video — Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jan Blachowicz

  • 29 days ago
  • 21 views

John Gooden and Dan Hardy preview the UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett co-main event matchup between Alexander Gustafsson and Jan Blachowicz. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 93: What's Troubling Alexander Gustafsson?

  • 27 days ago
  • 45 views

This summer has been bittersweet for Canadian music fans. Yes, that’s an odd place to start in discussing a Swedish mixed martial artist, but give it a second. One of the greatest rock bands the coun read news >>

UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett Weigh-in Video Replay

  • 27 days ago
  • 28 views

The 22 fighters competing on Saturday's UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett fight card officially weighed in on Friday in Hamburg, Germany. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 93: On the Fly with Alexander Gustafsson

  • 26 days ago
  • 20 views

Before he takes on Jan Blachowicz at UFC Fight Night 93 in Hamburg on Saturday, UFC On The Fly catches up with Alexander "The Mauler" Gustafsson. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 93 Joe Rogan Video Preview: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jan Blachowicz

  • 26 days ago
  • 50 views

Before they fight it out in the UFC Hamburg co-main event on Saturday, hear Joe Rogan breakdown the match-up between Alexander Gustaffson and Jan Blachowicz. read news >>

UFC Hamburg Fight Highlights: Alexander Gustafsson Takedowns Leads to Victory

  • 25 days ago
  • 167 views

Check out the UFC Fight Night 93 highlights from the fight between Alexander Gustafsson and Jan Blachowicz. read news >>

Gustafsson vs. Blachowicz: Results and Reaction from UFC Fight Night 93

  • 25 days ago
  • 15 views

It was 11 months in the making for Alexander Gustafsson, but when he finally returned to the cage at UFC Fight Night 93 on Saturday against Jan Blachowicz, he did so in style. The popular Swede went read news >>

UFC Fight Night 93 Results: Alexander Gustafsson Mauls Jan Blachowicz

  • 25 days ago
  • 22 views

Second-ranked light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson snapped a two-fight losing streak in the UFC Fight Night 93 co-main event on Saturday, defeating up-and-comer Jan Blachowicz. read news >>

CM Punk Granted Waiver to Fight at UFC 203, Clearing Ohio Law Hurdle

  • 22 days ago
  • 10 views

CM Punk is being allowed to fight at this weekend's UFC 203, despite an Ohio law that could have been a stumbling block for the former WWE Superstar. read news >>

Olympic Gold Medal-Winning Wrestler Kyle Snyder Wants to Compete in MMA | FIGHTLAND

  • 15 days ago
  • 4 views

Photo by Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports The UFC has a penchant for Olympian medallists. Bantamweights Ronda Rousey and Sara McMann both have bronze and silver medals to their credit respectively, wh read news >>