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Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson looks stronger than ever ahead of UFC return



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Alexander Gustafsson is training with teammate Khamzat Chimaev ahead of his return to light heavyweight on July 23. Photo via Instagram(@alexthemauler) and Stefan Romare/

Two years after his heavyweight debut, Swedish UFC legend Alexander Gustafsson moves back to light heavyweight to face Nikita Krylov at The O2 Arena in London.

With just weeks to go, it’s safe to say that “The Mauler” looks as strong as ever ahead of the return to his former division.


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Alexander Gustafsson will face No. 11 ranked fighter

Gustafsson’s opponent, Nikita “The Miner” Krylov, is ranked No. 11 in the UFC light heavyweight division and has two straight losses against top ranked Magomed Ankalaev and Paul Craig.

Since his UFC debut back in 2018, Krylov fought two former UFC light heavyweight champions in Jan Błachowicz and Glover Teixeira, as well as household names like Ovince Saint Preux and Johnny Walker.

Stacked card when UFC revisits London on July 23

The UFC London event is looking to be one of the best of the summer, and will be headlined by a heavyweight fight between rising star Tom Aspinall and Curtis Blaydes. In the co-main middleweight event, Swedens Jack “The Joker” Hermansson faces Englands Darren Till.

The card also features a lightweight fight with fan-favourite Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett who will take on Jordan Leavitt, as well as a women’s flyweight bout between hyped Molly McCann and Hannah Goldy.

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