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Alexander Gustafsson Planning UFC Return in 2022

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Former UFC light heavyweight title challenger Alexander Gustafsson (18-7-0 10-7-0 UFC) has had speculation regarding his career as of late, especially because he has dropped three fights in a row dating back to his second title shot against former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

Gustafsson Speaks to ESPN, Determined to Return

Following his loss to Fabricio Werdum in July of 2020, many began questioning how much the Swede had left in the tank, and did not expect to see him compete ever again. He was once viewed as one of the greatest fighters to never win the title, but that has changed in the past few years. However, he rebuffed those concerns in an interview with ESPN.

“Let’s see what is going on. We’re talking to the UFC a lot. I wanna fight. I wanna fight early this year, and basically take it from there,” Gustafsson said. “I wanna make up for the Werdum fight. I feel like I didn’t really get into that fight… I feel like I need to do stuff, take a fight, and take one fight at a time. I wanna fight early this year to just get in there and have fun. Take one win at a time.”

“I’m probably in the middle, in the between somewhere. I’m very happy about my career. But I feel like I’m not done yet, you know? I’m still writing the book. I have to keep going in there and doing my thing,” Gustafsson explained. “That’s what I miss doing… I really miss getting back to the Octagon and fight. That’s what I’m gonna do, basically; go back and do my thing.”

Gustafsson made his heavyweight debut against Fabricio Werdum, where Werdum submitted him by armbar early in the first round.

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