Gustafsson: I slipped and hit my head on corner post on Thurs.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Alexander Gustafsson suffered a cut in training and was declared ineligible to fight by the regulating body in Sweden. The UFC replaced “The Mauler” with a “The Sledgehammer” – Gustafsson’s team mate, Albanian-born Iliir Latifi.

Gustafsson posted a image of the cut and description of what happened on his personal website.

To all of you who are wondering I will tell you what happened:

During Thursday’s (March 28) class, as we ran wrestling drills, I lost my balance and pitched forward, hitting my eyebrow on a corner post in a very unfortunate way. Immediately after it happened, I went to the hospital and got three stitches. I was quite prepared to compete, until the doctors called and told me that the cut will not have time to heal in time before the fight.

It is of course extremely sad when training camp has gone very well. Except for the eyebrow, I am in my best shape and completely ready for the fight. It is also sad for my opponent, Gegard Mousasi, who has also been training long and hard for this match.

I and my team have done everything we can to get set up and compete despite the cut. It is unfortunately not in our hands anymore.

I am extremely sorry for this and I feel for Gegard Mousasi. The next step now is that I sit down with the team and plan the future.

Thanks again for all your support!

Read entire article… (original Swedish)

The position of the cut is extremely dangerous, as it is directly over the eye. If deepened, cuts in that area can cause permanent nerve damage.

However, a lot can happen in a week. This image taken recently shows a different view.

The image prompted UFC president Dana White to criticize the decision by the Swedish regulatory body.

Dana White ‏@danawhite
This pic was taken of Gustafsson today and u can’t even see the cut!!! Worst decision I have EVER seen to pull fight