With less than a week remaining until the curtain is drawn on UFC on FUEL TV 9, the show’s featured attraction appears to be in serious jeopardy. According to Swedish news outlet MMANytt, Alexander Gustafsson (pictured) has suffered a cut that has put Saturday’s scrap against Gegard Mousasi in limbo.
The Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation will now determine whether Gustafsson can compete in six days.
The UFC has yet to confirm the light heavyweight’s status.
Gustafsson has won six straight fights. “The Mauler” was seen in December living up to his nickname by steamrolling former champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Mousasi concluded his Strikeforce career in emphatic fashion by tapping out Mike Kyle in his last outing. “The Dreamcatcher” has posted an impressive 20-1-1 mark since 2006.
If the UFC decides to shelve the matchup for another day, as the bout order currently stands, the lightweight tango between Ryan Couture and Ross Pearson will headline Saturday’s gig.
Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden serves as host.
Here is the show’s revised roster if Gustafsson vs. Mousasi is pulled:
(Facebook 10:50AM ET/7:50 AM PT)
Tor Troeng vs. Adam Cella
Papy Abedi vs. Besam Yousef
Michael Kuiper vs. Tom Lawlor
Ben Alloway vs. Ryan LaFlare
Conor McGregor vs. Marcus Brimage
Chris Spang vs. Adlan Amagov
Michael Johnson vs. Reza Madadi
(FUEL TV 2PM ET/11AM PT)
Akira Corassani vs. Robbie Peralta
Diego Brandao vs. Pablo Garza
Brad Pickett vs. Mike Easton
Matt Mitrione vs. Philip De Fries
Ryan Couture vs. Ross Pearson