After two years of inactivity, Alexander Gustafsson looks to finally made good on a long-speculated return to the UFC – penning terms to land in the Octagon on July 23. recent feature, the #11 ranked light heavyweight contender, Nikita Krylov.
Arboga veteran, Gustafsson most recently featured back in July 2020 at UFC Fight Island 3 in Abu Dhabi, UAE – suffering a one-sided opening round armbar loss to Fabricio Werdum in a heavyweight divisional bow against the former champion.
In the midst of a two-fight losing skid, Ukraine-born contender, Krylov most recently suffered a comeback triangle loss of his own against Paul Craig at UFC London in March at The O2 Arena.
Swedish outlet, FrontKick MMA was first to report Gustafsson’s return against Krylov this summer.
Whilst an official location, venue, or billing for the July 23. event has yet to be confirmed by the organization, multiple reports suggest talks have taken place for the Octagon to return to London, England for the country’s second UFC event this year.
Booked to meet the above mentioned, Craig at UFC Vegas 36 in September of last year, Gustafsson suffered an injury in the weeks leading up to the event, forcing his withdrawal.
Alexander Gustafsson is credited with pushing Jon Jones the closest during his first title reign
Gustafsson was also recently penned to fight heavyweight veteran, Ben Rothwell at a UFC Fight Night event in May, until the latter was issued his release from the promotion, pulled from the fight and subsequently snapped by the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship.
A three-time light heavyweight title challenger, Gustafsson’s most recent professional win came in the form of a spectacular flurry knockout win over current division best, Glover Teixeira in the main event of a hometown UFC Fight Night Stockholm headliner in 2017.
A former Fight Nights Global light heavyweight champion, wily finisher, Krylov has competed during two different stints under the banner of the UFC – slumping to 2-4 in his six fights since his second tenure began.
In promotional victories since his re-emergence, Krylov has defeated both Ovince Saint Preux, as well as Johnny Walker – the most recent of which in March 2020.