Light-heavyweight star Alexander Gustafsson has revealed that he’s just signed a lucrative new deal with the UFC.
“While others are talking about retirement, I just signed my new deal with the @ufc today,” Gustafsson announced on Instagram. “I am grateful, excited, and I will be fighting very soon! I need to thank my family, my team @wesportagency and @allstarsgymsweden . I would also like to give a special thank you to my fight management @neems01 and @majdishammas at Moments Sports Management for securing the biggest deal of my career. Soon to be the world champion!!! #soontobeworldchamp #team #loyalty #family”
The last fight on the 31-year-old’s previous contract had seen him earn $102,000 ($51,000 to show, $51,000 to win), so it seems that his new deal will enable him to push further into six-figure territory going forward.
Injuries have held the Swedish star back in recent times, to the point where he has only fought twice since losing out by split decision in a title fight with Daniel Cormier back in 2015.
Gustafsson went on to earn a unanimous decision win over Jan Blachowitz in 2016 and then last year knocked out Glover Teixeira to seal the No.1 contender spot in the division.
Hopefully with a new contract under his belt he will now be able to fight more frequently and would appear to be on the verge of another 205lb title shot, though for the time being the division’s champion Cormier is otherwise engaged in a superfight showdown with heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 in July.