Should Gustafsson have kept cut secret?

Friday, April 05, 2013

Alexander Gustafsson is famously out of the UFC on FUEL TV 9 main event with a cut that went from “Oh Hell NO you CAN’T fight” to “um, oh, sure, I guess you could have.”

Should Gustafsson have been discrete about the cut?

Vitor Belfort recently twittered an image of a cut he received ten days before the Bisping fight.

Vitor Belfort @vitorbelfort
This happen during a sparring session 20 stitches 10 days before the fight.#nevergiveup your dream

That fight went fine for Belfort.

Rashad Evans appeared on the April 2 edition of Fuel TV’s UFC Tonight, and offered his professional opinion.

“Whenever you fight, whatever the case may be, you want to make sure you are the best that you can be going into the cage,” said Evans. “But I mean, you have three stitches. You don’t have to tell the commission about it, you’re volunteering information that you shouldn’t be. I know guys that had stitches going into it and as long as they make it past the physical on Friday before the fight then they’re good to go, but I mean, three stitches?  Maybe it’s deeper or worse than it looks and he wouldn’t have been able to fight. I don’t know.”

Should Gustafsson have stayed silent? Or does that set a bad precedent, where the promotion could be out of the main event with only hours to go? Or worst of all, by not bringng up an injury, could a fighter jeoparize his health?

Or was this a case of admirable fighter responsibility, with AC over reaction?