UFC light heavyweight set to have medical check-up on facial laceration today in Sweden.
The status of the main event at UFC on Fuel 9 will be known within hours with Alexander Gustafsson set to face a medical examination.
News of Gustafsson suffering a severe facial laceration during training on March 30 leaked out to the media this week, and the Swedish star’s availability for his fight with Gegard Mouasi has been up in the air ever since.
However, given the importance of the main event going ahead to the rest of the card, the Swedish MMA Federation (SMMAF) has ordered Gustafsson to pass a physical on Tuesday, as opposed to at the weigh-in.
When the cut to Gustafsson’s face originally occurred three doctors examined him, and it was their opinion at the time that he would be cleared to fight.
However, today’s battery of tests does have the ability to take him off the card which would send the UFC and its matchmakers into a spin as they will have to fill a spot in the main event at short notice.
President of the SMMAF George Sallfeldt said everybody connected to the card would want confirmation one way or another if Gustafsson as soon as possible.
“If the medical committee feels there is a sufficient information to make a decision, I’m sure they will,” Sallfeldt said.
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If Gustafsson is able to fight and beat Mouasi, it could springboard him into a title shot with the winner between current light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen when they fight on April 28 as part of UFC 159.