Alexander Gustafsson has met with a doctor at the request of the Swedish Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Federation after sustaining a bad cut while training for his UFC on Fuel TV 9 bout against Gegard Mousasi, which takes place this upcoming Saturday (April 6, 2013) at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.
MMAmania.com can confirm that the doctor did not clear Gustafsson to participate with the 205-pound main event just six days away. It is expected that he will make a follow-up visit later this week, however, it is certain that he will be forced to withdraw from his showdown with "Dream Catcher."
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), as well as Gustafsson, have remained silent on the issue since news broke earlier this morning that he was injured. Expect that to change sooner rather than later with the event so close.
It's unclear if the promotion can find a notable replacement for Gustafsson to take on Mousasi on such short notice. In fact, it's highly unlikely, even though the international card was shaped around him, with few -- if any -- high-profile bouts on the main card that can be justifiably promoted to main event status.
Unfortunately, it seems as though the promotion might not have any other choice but to thrust Ryan Couture vs. Ross Pearson, the current co-main event of the evening, to the top of the marquee.
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