Alexander Gustafsson is popping out of retirement, and he’s making a giant profession change for his comeback.

Gustafsson (18-6 MMA, 10-6 UFC), who fought for the UFC gentle heavyweight belt on three events earlier than retiring in Could 2019, will transfer as much as the heavyweight division for his comeback. He attracts a giant struggle for his debut, as he’ll struggle former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum (23-9-1 MMA, 11-6 UFC).

MMA Junkie verified the matchup with an individual near the scenario following an preliminary report from Brazilian information outlet Combate. It is going to happen July 25 on the UFC’s “Battle Island.”

Gustafsson hung up his gloves following a submission loss to Anthony Smith at UFC on ESPN+ 11. The occasion passed off in his native Sweden, and after shedding his long-anticipated title rematch with Jon Jones just a few months prior, opted to stroll away from the game.

He returns with a recent coat of paint towards Werdum, although, who made an unsuccessful return from an 18-month U.S. Anti-Doping Company (USADA) suspension at UFC 249 in Could when he misplaced to Aleksei Oleinik. The Brazilian will get a quite fast turnaround for the conflict with Gustafsson.

With the addition, the UFC’s July 25 lineup now contains:

  • Darren Until vs. Robert Whittaker
  • Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Mauricio Rua
  • Alexander Gustafsson vs. Fabricio Werdum