Due to a cut sustained in training, Alexander Gustafsson has been deemed unfit to participate in his main event fight at UFC on Fuel TV 9 against Gegard Mousasi, according to a release received by GracieMag.com on Tuesday.
The Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation (SMMAF) said the cut doesn’t allow Gustafsson to be medically cleared for competition in time for Saturday’s card in Stockholm, Sweden.
“As it is clear that Alexander Gustafsson will not be fit to compete as planned and cannot be medically cleared on Friday the 5th of April,” the release read, “the SMMAF Medical Committee has today decided that Alexander Gustafsson will not be allowed to participate in the planned match on April 6th.”
Medical examinations, according to the SMMAF, are carried out the day before a match to “safeguard” the competitor from being cleared early.
In the case of Gustafsson, a request was made for an early medical exam, which was performed on March 30, according to the release. The SMMAF doctors who performed the exam told Gustafsson that the cut made it very unlikely that he would be cleared to fight in Saturday’s Fuel TV card.
The federation today reviewed the circumstances of Gustafsson’s injury, and bearing in mind that a proper medical exam had been performed, “nothing in the SMMAF regulations hinders the SMMAF Medical Committee from making a decision to stop Gustafsson from competing.”
No formal announcements have been made by the UFC in regards to the status of the main event or the fight card, but GracieMag.com will provide further news as more information becomes available.