As the old adage goes, “Time heals all wounds.” According to UFC president Dana White, it took about six days for the gash below Alexander Gustafsson’s left eyebrow to completely heal.
“This pic was taken of Gustafsson today and u can’t even see the cut!!! Worst decision I have EVER seen to pull fight,” White tweeted with the above picture Wednesday.
Gustafsson posted a much more gruesome image of the cut he suffered after last Thursday’s wrestling practice earlier this morning on his official website. Time has clearly served the 26-year-old well.
Because of the freshness and location of the laceration, the Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation refused to clear Gustafsson to fight Gegard Mousasi this Saturday after conducting Tuesday’s examination. However, the most interesting part of the committee’s press release read, “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.”
That technically means the UFC and Gustafsson could have determined whether Saturday’s main event against Mousasi would still be kept. If that’s the case, I’m curious to know who White is upset with.
The UFC would have preferred to keep “The Mauler” in the matchup for obvious reasons, but it’s highly likely they erred on the side of caution after receiving the SMMAF’s unfavorable verdict.
Mousasi now headlines UFC on FUEL TV 9 against little known Ilir Latifi.