Former UFC light-heavyweight title contender, Alexander Gustafsson is out of his supposed comeback fight against Paul Craig. After his brutal loss against Anthony Smith, Gustafsson went on to announce his retirement from the sport of MMA.
#BREAKING: Alexander Gustafsson is injured and won't fight Paul Craig next month. 🥺
— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) August 22, 2021
He then decided to return to MMA but at heavyweight. The UFC booked him against Fabricio Werdum to which he got submitted in under one round. Since then he has not fought, many were speculating that he would retire from the sport for good. There is no shame in losing to a former champion, and it was his heavyweight debut as well.
After a long layoff, he planned to make a comeback at the light-heavyweight. He was supposed to face Paul Craig on September 4 but had to withdraw due to injury. Gustafsson has had a long history of pulling out of fights, his body is on the decline already, and may need to think about hanging his gloves for good. He has had a great career run, never got the title but many consider him a great fighter.
As for Craig, it is yet unsure whether he should continue and find a replacement or will the UFC book the fight at a later date. Craig is having a great run, riding a 4 fight win streak, and all by stoppages. A name like Gustafsson on his resume is certainly a great addition to his pro career.