Is this the end for Alexander Gustaffson?
Alexander Gustaffson is a fan favorite Light Heavyweight title challenger that has produced some of the greatest fights in UFC history, including his Hall of Fame bout vs. Jon Jones. He returned tonight on the main card of UFC London against Nikita Krylov. Krylov would spoil this return, though, knocking him out in just over a minute.
This was Gustaffson's first fight since a brief move to Heavyweight in July of 2020, just 2 days shy of a 2-year layoff. He would face former UFC champion Fabricio Werdum in his move up to 265 lbs and be submitted in round 1 via armbar.
Gustaffson would enter retirement in 2019 after losing to Anthony Smith by submission. This fight came after suffering a 2nd loss to Jon Jones in a vacant title bout the year prior. He left his gloves in the octagon and told his fans that the show was over.
Though it may be coming to a close, the career of Gustaffson was an incredible ride for all who watched it. He was the first man to truly test Jon Jones in their Fight of The Year bout in 2013 and would give another all-time great Daniel Cormier what he always describes as the hardest fight of his life. He even defeated the last two UFC Light Heavyweight champions Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira during his career, putting a masterclass performance on the latter.
Firmly cemented as one of the greatest 205'ers to ever do it, regardless of his lack of a UFC title, perhaps this is the end of the road for Gustassfon and may lead to a final retirement with his most recent defeat marking the 4th in a row.
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