Alexander Gustafsson
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Former UFC mild heavyweight title challenger Alexander Gustafsson is trying wholesome and completely happy as prepares for his debut within the heavyweight division. Apparently, he’s feeling nice, too.

Gustafsson will make his debut within the UFC heavyweight division on July 25 at a Combat Evening occasion on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. He’ll be welcomed to the burden class by the previous champion, Brazil’s Fabricio Werdum.

Forward of this heavyweight battle, Gustafsson is trying noticeably larger. He gave a preview of his new physique on Instagram just lately.

“I’m exited! Feeling assured! Feeling sturdy! Model is coming,” Gustafsson wrote on Instagram.

Gustafsson additionally just lately did an interview with MMA Viking, during which his heavyweight physique can be on show.

“I’m fairly huge at mild heavyweight and I all the time have to chop 15-17 kilos each battle,” Gustafsson instructed MMA Viking (through MMA Mania). “So I simply needed to problem myself somewhat bit. I’m consuming pasta now, I’m feeling good, I weigh 107 kilos. I by no means felt so sturdy. I’m nonetheless preserving my abilities as a lightweight heavyweight however I’m simply feeling stronger.”

Alexander Gustafsson final fought June of 2019, when he was submitted by Anthony Smith. After this submission loss, which occurred in his native Sweden, Gustafsson introduced his choice to hold up the gloves. That being mentioned, he shortly started to put out plans for a return.

Gustafsson is extensively thought to be among the best mild heavyweights ever. Whereas he by no means captured UFC gold within the division, he fought for the title 3 times. On two of these events, he misplaced the narrowest choices, very practically capturing the belt. Different highlights of his resume embody wins over Glover Teixeira, Jan Blachowicz, Jimi Manuwa, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Thiago Silva, and Matt Hamill.

His opponent Fabricio Werdum, then again, final fought at UFC 249 in Might, getting back from a prolonged hiatus induced by a tie-up with the US Anti-Doping Company. He misplaced his comeback battle, in opposition to Alexey Oleinik, by unanimous choice. Werdum dominated over the UFC heavyweight division in 2015 and 2016, successful the title with a submission of Cain Velasquez, and dropping it through knockout to Stipe Miocic in his first title protection.

Time will inform how the damaging Swede gala’s in opposition to the behemoths of the heavyweight division.