Alexander Gustafsson Reconsidering Retirement From MMA
The former UFC light heavyweight title challenger Alexander Gustafsson last suffered a fourth-round submission loss to Anthony Smith at UFC on ESPN+ 11 from Stockholm, Sweden and after the setback, Gustafsson laid down his gloves in the Octagon and said the show is over guys. The defeat was second in a row for Swedish native.
In a recent interview, Gustafsson still showing that he got the itch for fighting.
“I fought my last fight against Anthony Smith and it didn’t go as planned,” Gustafsson tells MMAnytt’s Ashah Tafari. “I felt an incredible frustration, I’m a really sore loser and I left my gloves in the cage and felt that it’s enough now. But with that said I still have this tingle in my hands. This is very new, it’s been a month and I’m far from a retired fighter in my way of thinking and such. I’ve made my decision and so on but it takes time to adapt and accept the new things in life and your role in all of it.”
We all know retirements in MMA/UFC are temporary and most retired fighters did return to combat sports you can look at the example of Urijah Faber, Chuck Liddell, and few others.
Gustafsson 32, made his pro-MMA debut at the age of 19. Former title contender is 18-6 overall fought and defeated some of the top names in the cage over the likes of Mauricio Rua, Jimi Manuwa, Glover Teixeira and Jan Blacohwicz, among others.