alexander-gustafsson-6.jpgAlexander Gustafsson (15-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) has reportedly suffered a facial cut and likely will be out of Saturday’s UFC on FUEL TV 9 headliner with Gegard Mousasi (33-3-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

That’s according to svt.se and MMA site MMAnytt.se. However, though MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed the cut with a source close to Gustafsson, we were unable to reach UFC officials for confirmation.

Additionally, the organization hasn’t made a formal announcement of the injury or a possible scratch from the card.

Ultimately, the Swedish MMA Federation will decide whether Gustaffson can fight despite the cut, which reportedly opened near his eyebrow during a recent training session. According to MMAnytt.se, doctors have examined the cut and essentially labeled Gustafsson unavailable for the event.

Gustaffson, a Swedish light heavyweight, was slated to headline UFC on FUEL TV 9, which takes place at Stockholm’s Ericsson Globe Arena. It’s part of the FUEL TV-televised main card, which follows Facebook prelims.

A late scratch could be devastating for Gustafsson, who hoped a seventh straight UFC win would catapult him to a title shot. Current champion Jon Jones meets Chael Sonnen next month, and the winner is expected to fight either Gustafsson or fellow contender Lyoto Machida. A delay for Gustafsson could open the door for Machida.

Although UFC on FUEL TV 9's fight card is a rather deep one for the event series, the lack of a last-minute replacement would surely lower the overall appeal. Right now, the other top matchups on the card include UFC newcomer Ryan Couture (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. fellow lightweight Ross Pearson (14-6 MMA, 6-3 UFC) and heavyweights Matt Mitrione (5-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs. Philip De Fries (9-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC).

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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