Light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson is officially out of UFC 227 on Aug. 4 due to a minor injury.
Initially, Alexander Gustafsson was scheduled to face Volkan Oezdemir, but earlier this week ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reported that Oezdemir pulled out of his scheduled bout due to a broken nose.
Promotion looked for four opponents for Gustafsson, Luke Rockhold, Yoel Romero, and Ovince Saint Preux, but nothing comes to fruition. Then Oezdimir stepped in on short notice, pulled from his UFC Hamburg main event fight against former 205-pound champ Mauricio Rua.
UFC was seeking a replacement for Gustafsson Helwani later reported that knockout artist Khalil Rountree also discussed but nothing come to materialize.
Now Gustafsson is out due to “minor injury” his manager Nima Safapour confirmed the news to MMA Fighting earlier on Sunday.
“Alex Gustafsson is out of UFC 227 with a minor injury. The injury occurred last week. Since that time, we have been working closely with the UFC doctors, our doctors in Sweden, and the experts at the UFC Performance Institute. We have been advised that Alex has a minor injury and he will not be permitted to compete at UFC 227. Had Alex been fit to fight, we were prepared to face Roundtree or anyone else the UFC had asked us; including DC Cormier at heavyweight.
Alex will be fighting again very soon. He will give his side of the story shortly. We don’t care who the opponent is. But whomever we face it should be for the meaningful result of the LHW UFC Title.”
Anthony Smith who scores a massive KO over Shogun Rua at UFC Hamburg, calls out Gustafsson, now the talks fell behind.
Gustafsson who’s coming off a fifth-round knockout of Glover Teixeira back in May 2017