SMMAF: Alexander Gustafsson 'will not be fit to compete as planned and cannot be medically cleared'

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Alexander Gustafsson is officially out of his bout with Gegard Mousasi at UFC on Fuel 9 due to a cut suffered in training.

The saga of Alexander Gustafsson's cut and his availability to fight Gegard Mousasi as planned this Saturday at UFC on Fuel TV 9 appears to have reached its conclusion. Gustafsson will not be medically cleared for the fight.

Ariel Helwani tweeted out this portion of the statement released by the supervising commission:

The SMMAF Medical Committee has today reviewed the circumstances regarding Gustafsson and his injury. The SMMAF Medical Committee recognizes that a competitor cannot be medically cleared earlier than the day before the match. However, bearing in mind that a correct medical examination that met the regulatory demands has been performed, nothing in the SMMAF regulations hinders the SMMAF Medical Committee from making a decision to stop Gustafsson from competing. As it is clear that Alexander Gustafsson will not be fit to compete as planned and cannot be medically cleared on Friday the 5th of April, the SMMAF Medical Committee has today decided that Alexander Gustafsson will not be allowed to participate in the planned match on April 6th.

There is no word yet on any potential replacement -- though I still suspect the Wanderlei Silva "April Fools joke" will turn out to have not been so much of a joke -- or the overall status of the card.

We will have more updates as they become available.

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