A year after a crushing defeat in a fight against Anthony Smith, three-time contender for the UFC light heavyweight championship belt, Alexander Gustafsson, is ready to resume his career as a heavyweight.
Informed sources close to the situation report that the Swedish fighter will return to the octagon on July 25 as part of an event that the UFC plans to hold on Fight Island. The most likely candidates for a fight with Gustafsson are former UFC heavyweight champion, Fabricio Werdum, and former contender for the interim UFC light heavyweight championship belt, Ovins Saint-Pru.
We will remind that in June of last year at UFC Fight Night 153 in Stockholm Alexander Gustafsson suffered the second early defeat in a row, having conceded a back-to-back choke in the fourth round to Anthony Smith. Five months earlier, the Swede made another unsuccessful attempt to win the UFC light heavyweight title, losing to Jon Jones by knockout in the third round.
Alexey Oleynik gave advice to Alexander Volkov to fight with Curtis Blades
The tenth number of the UFC heavyweight rating, Alexey Oleynik, shared his opinion about the upcoming fight between Alexander Volkov and Curtis Blades, who will headline the UFC Fight Night 173 tournament in Las Vegas on June 20.
“Blades is such a dirty fighter, he does a lot of dirty things, including in wrestling. He works with his elbows, sometimes with his head, when no one is looking. So Sasha needs to get together and act carefully. I think they have thought out the perfect gameplay, and if he does it, he will succeed. I wish Sasha success and a good performance. I will support him, ” said boa, answering questions from fans on Instagram.
Recall that Alexey Oleynik met Curtis Blades in November 2017, having been defeated by technical knockout in the second round due to the doctor stopping the fight.