Mousasi planning knee surgery, fought anyway

Sunday, April 07, 2013

The biggest news of the week was that Alexander Gustafson was unable to compete at Saturday’s UFC on Fuel TV 9. Gustafson suffered a cut that required three stitches and the Swedish Martial Arts Federation deemed him unable to participate. However, it looks as though Gustafson may not have been the only one injured heading into the event:

“I don’t want to talk a lot about my injury, but I can tell you that this injury, I’m pretty sure 95 percent wouldn’t fight, other fighters,” Mousasi said at the post-fight news conference at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, site of Saturday’s card. “I stepped up. I didn’t cancel the show. I don’t know. We’ll go from here.”

Mousasi wasn’t in much mood to elaborate on just how long he’ll be out or the severity of his injury.

“I don’t want to say anything yet, but it’s nothing small,” he said.

“Mousasi had knee problems all through his camp,” White said. “He checked with his doctor, and his doctor said, ‘You can make it through this fight, and then you’re going to have to have surgery after the fight.’ The kid wants to fight because he’s going to come here and fight the No. 3-ranked light heavyweight in the world – he doesn’t want to give up this opportunity, he wants to fight. He shows up here to fight (Gustafsson), who gets stopped (from fighting) on a cut – and we won’t even get into that. We’ll leave that alone. We all know what’s up with that. He’s training for this tall striker and ends up fighting a short, strong, southpaw wrestler. And still accepts the fight and takes it.”

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