Sweden’s Alexander Gustafsson To Reportedly Come Out Of Retirement, Will Face Fabricio Werdum On ‘Fight Island’

Appearing to have the itch to compete again, Alexander Gustafsson’s retirement from last June looks to have been a minor break.

Combate recently reported that Gustafsson (18-6) will be returning to the UFC on July 25 during a “Fight Island” event. “The Mauler” will also be moving up to heavyweight for the first time in his career. The opponent in mind is Fabricio Werdum.

Gustafsson turned professional in 2007 and joined the UFC in 2009. Beating Jared Hamman in his debut, Gustafsson would lose his next bout against Phil Davis. Following the loss, he would win six in a row, earning the right to face UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones at UFC 165 in 2013. The bout ended up becoming one of the best in UFC history, as it was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. After that fight, Gustafsson went 3-4 in his last seven.

In his last two bouts he lost to Jones again via TKO at UFC 232 in 2018 for the title, and against Anthony Smith in 2019 via submission. In from of his hometown fans in Sweden, Gustafsson called it a career, saying, “The show is over, guys.”

If everything goes according to plan, Gustafsson would face a former UFC Heavyweight Champion in Werdum, who is on a two-fight losing streak as well. His last bout was a split decision loss at the hands of Aleksei Oleinik at UFC 249 in May.

“Plan B” if Werdum doesn’t work out is a clash with Ovince Saint Preux, who just made the jump to heavyweight. He lost his heavyweight debut against Ben Rothwell back on May 13.

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