Three time light heavyweight challenger Alexander Gustafsson was planning to make his return to the Octagon on September 4th against Paul Craig (15-4-1 MMA, 7-4-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 191 but that won’t be coming to fruition.
Gustafsson (18-7 MMA, 10-7 UFC) built a big name for himself in the UFC 205 pound division and wanted something new, so ventured into the heavyweight division. However, his planned return will have to wait a little longer.
The information which was reported by MMAJunkie, was verified from a trusted source, whose identity remains anonymous due to the fact that the promotion is yet to make an official announcement on the withdrawal.
Gustafsson’s adventure in the Heavyweight division ended with a first round submission in the hands of veteran heavyweight Fabricio Werdum. Before the loss the three time challenger lost three straight fights and made a decision to retire afterwards. In 2020, he returned for the Heavyweight fight.
Craig is on a five fight winning streak which includes two of the biggest wins of his career, knockout wins over Jamahal Hill and former champ Mauricio “ShotGun” Rua. Craig is now left without an opponent ahead of the event which takes place approximately two weeks from now.
UFC Vegas 36 – (UFC Fight Night 191) Fight Card
- Derek Brunson vs. Darren Till
- Paul Craig vs. opponent TBA
- Marc-Andre Barriault vs. Dalcha Lungiambula
- Magomed Ankalaev vs. Volkan Oezdemir
- Modestas Bukauskas vs. Khalil Rountree
- Jonathan Martinez vs. Marcelo Rojo
- Molly McCann vs. Ji Yeon Kim
- Paddy Pimblett vs. Luigi Vendramini
- Zviad Lazishvili vs. Jack Shore
- Mandy Bohm vs. Ariane Lipski
- Sergey Khandozhko vs. David Zawada
- Alex Perez vs. Matt Schnell
- Tom Aspinall vs. Sergei Pavlovich
- Charles Jourdain vs. Lerone Murphy
The event was initially linked with a venue in Holland but later moved back to Las Vegas, Nevada.
Gustafsson’s losses includes a knockout loss in the hands of Former Long reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and another loss for Gustafsson, His loss to top contender Anthony Smith.