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Alexander Gustafsson back training, ‘ready’ & willing to fight ‘anyone’ at UFC 229

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“I’m looking forward to my next fight. I’ll fight anyone.”

UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson v Teixeira Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images

Alexander Gustafsson was expected to face Volkan Oezdemir earlier this month at UFC 227, but both men were forced to pull out of the event due to injury.

Gustafsson claims to have suffered a ‘minor injury’ in the lead-up to UFC 227 but didn’t specify the details.

“It’s just a minor injury,” he said. “It’s nothing to talk about really. It’s just a [expletive] thing, and it gets on my nerves. But it is was it is. I’m here now, and I’ll do everything in my power to bounce back, and I will in a couple of weeks.”

Well, Gustafsson is now back in the gym and ‘ready’ to make his return in the coming weeks, preferably at the highly anticipated UFC 229 blockbuster featuring Khabib vs. McGregor.

“I had some problems before my fight. I got injured, but I am here and training,” Gustafsson told MMA Viking at Stockholm’s AllStars Training Center, per BJPenn.com’s Tom Taylor. “Shit happens. I have been having issues with my back thigh, but I feel good.

“I’m looking forward to my next fight,” he continued. “I’ll fight anyone. “Hopefully the 6th of October. I am ready.”

Gustafsson last fought in May of last year, battering Glover Teixeira in the UFC Fight Night 109 main event and earning his first stoppage win in over three years. The Swede is still listed as the official No. 1 contender in the light heavyweight division and feels he’s deserving of a rematch with Daniel Cormier, who he dropped a split decision to back in 2015.

Yesterday, the UFC announced the full main card lineup for UFC 229, which takes place on Oct. 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.