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IN ENGLISH: Alexander Gustafsson returns to light heavyweight



Alexander Gustafsson The Mauler
Photo credit: Per Häljestam-USA TODAY Sports

Swedish MMA star Alexander Gustafsson is on his way back to the octagon. He is expected to book a new UFC fight in the end of the summer or early fall, and was just recently training in Las Vegas before arriving back home to Stockholm late last week.

Now, Frontkick has learned that his next bout will actually take place at light heavyweight, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

The move back to his old 205 lbs weight class comes as somewhat of a surprise. In Gustafsson’s most recent interview with Frontkick, he said that he would stay at heavyweight.

“I’m sticking to heavyweight and I’ll take whoever they give me,” Alexander Gustafsson told last month.

Last time Gustafsson competed at light heavyweight was back in June of 2019, when he lost to Anthony Smith.

Alexander Gustafsson holds wins over Blachowicz and Teixeira

The 34 year old, who’s considered a legend in Sweden, was very happy over the fact that he didn’t need to cut any weight ahead of his heavyweight bout against former UFC champion Fabricio Werdum last year. However, it seems as though Alexander Gustafsson and his team feel like the best path forward is now at light heavyweight.

For a long time, Gustafsson was one of the UFC’s highest-ranked fighters at light heavyweight. He’s fought for the belt three times and holds a win over Jan Blachowicz, who’s currently the reigning UFC champion at 205 lbs.

Alexander Gustafsson Jan Blachowicz

Alexander Gustafsson defeated Jan Blachowicz by unanimous decision back in 2016. Photo credit: Per Häljestam-USA TODAY Sports

Furthermore, Gustafsson has also defeated No. 1 contender Glover Teixeira, who’ll be the next man to challenge Blachowicz in a title bout in the fall.

It’s still unclear who he will face in his return to the octagon, and an exact date is yet to be announced. At least now we now Alexander Gustafsson is in fact coming back to the light heavyweight division.

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