Alexander Gustafsson Officially Out, Gegard Mousasi Faces Ilir Latifi Saturday

The Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation (SMMAF) have officially ruled out UFC light heavyweight, Alexander Gustafsson from competing this weekend against Gegard Mousasi at UFC on FUEL 9 this Saturday night in Stockholm, Sweden. Relative unknown Swedish powerhouse, Ilir Latifi has been called in as he replaces team mate and fellow countryman in the main event this weekend.

UFC President, Dana White tweeted:

“Mousasi will face Iliir Latifi this Saturday live on @FUELTV Latifa is from Sweden and training partner of Gustafsson.”

Latifa, nicknamed “The Sledgehammer”, has a 7-2-1NC record as a professional and hails from Malmo, Sweden. He is currently riding a three-fight winning streak with victories over Denis Bogdanov, Tony Lopez and Jorge Oliveira.

Mousasi makes his octagon debut boasting an impressive 33-3-2 record and is also unbeaten in his last six outings. Most recently he defeated Mike Kyle via submission at the final Strikeforce card on January 12th.

The following statement was issued by the SMMAF:

“According to SMMAF regulations, the competitors in a match shall be examined by the certified appointed match doctor prior to the match. The examination is always carried out the day before the match; this is to safeguard that a competitor shall never be cleared for a match earlier than the day before the match.”

“In the case of Alexander Gustafsson, there was a request for an early indicative medical examination which was immediately performed on March 30 (Easter Eve). The federation doctors that performed the examination informed Gustafsson that his injury was of such a nature that it was very unlikely that he would be medically cleared for a match in the near future. These doctors did not have a mandate to stop the match at the time of that examination.”

“The SMMAF Medical Committee has today reviewed the circumstances regarding Gustafsson and his injury. The SMMAF Medical Committee recognizes that a competitor cannot be medically cleared earlier than the day before the match. However, bearing in mind that a correct medical examination that met the regulatory demands has been performed, nothing in the SMMAF regulations hinders the SMMAF Medical Committee from making a decision to stop Gustafsson from competing. As it is clear that Gustafsson will not be fit to compete as planned and cannot be medically cleared on Friday the [fifth] of April, the SMMAF Medical Committee has today decided that Alexander Gustafsson will not be allowed to participate in the planned match on April 6.”

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