Alexander Gustafsson Pondering Move To Heavyweight


Alexander Gustafsson was last seen in the Octagon at UFC 232, suffering a third round TKO loss to UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones.

While the fighter has had plenty of success at light heavyweight, a move up a weight class could be coming in the future.

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“Yeah, of course,” Gustafsson said at the UFC 232 post-fight press conference. “The heavyweight division is also an alternative. I’m here to fight, either if it’s at light heavy or heavy. I have to talk to my coaches and see what’s next.”

Gustafsson has never competed at heavyweight as a professional MMA fighter, having fought exclusively at 205 pounds.

Whether or not the fighter actually does change weight classes is unknown at this time, but Gustafsson does admit the loss to Jones was a life changing event.

“It meant everything to me,” he said. “This is not football or tennis we’re practicing – it’s pure fighting, and every fight is life-changing for you. It’s a big setback for me losing to Jon again, but at the end of the day, it’s a sport, and we do this because we love it.”

Only one fighter is ahead of Gustafsson in the UFC Light Heavyweight Division rankings at the moment and that is UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier.

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