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UFC’s Alexander Gustafsson Almost Retired After Loss

(Light Heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson)

Current UFC #1 Light Heavyweight Title contender, Alexander Gustafsson (16-3) was 7-1 in his last 8 in the UFC. He had taken then champion, Jon Jones to the limit in what was voted as fight of the year in 2013. He won his rebound fight against Jimi Manuwa and was one fight away from receiving another shot at UFC gold.

However a Rumble came about. Anthony “Rumble” Johnson was in the same situation, as he was on a 9 fight winning streak and if he was to beat Gustafsson, he would get the next title shot. Rumble did, he TKO’d Alexander in just over 2 minutes into the first round in front of Gustafsson’s home country of Sweden.

How bad did Alexander take the loss? He almost retired.

“It was really bad,” said Gustafsson to Chamatkar Sandhu and Abbey Subhan for MMAjunkie. “I lost fights before, but this fight was the fight I couldn’t lose. I was supposed to win this fight, but I didn’t. I was thinking about that, to quit the sport. I was really depressed after the fight.”

“It was a really bad blow for me – for my career and my personal life. It was a tough hit to take. The fight I couldn’t lose, I actually lost. My motivation was gone, basically, so that was the toughest part, to keep on training with no motivation. I just wanted to escape from everything, escape from Stockholm, from the media, from everything. I didn’t want to see the gym. It was tough.”

Gustafsson said there is honesty in misery however.

“You know who the real people are when it’s going really bad,” he said. “When it’s going downhill, then you know how it really is for you. It was pretty bad, but now I’m here. I’ve got my family. I’ve got my friends, my teammates. I’ve got real support, and now I’m back and feeling great – better than ever, actually.”

“My motivation is on top. I feel great. I feel great to be back in training, and everything is so much fun.

“I’m just a happy guy right now. Everything is fun. Training is fun. Doing everything that comes with MMA is fun right now. So I’m just enjoying my time.”

Gustafsson’s next opponent is newly crowned UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, although a date has yet to be announced.

“I just see this as a second chance, as an opportunity for me,” said Gustafsson. “I won’t even go into why it happened or why I should fight him. I’m just enjoying my time.

“I just know that I got a second chance, and I will do the best that I can and show everybody that I can be the best guy in the world.”

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.