Alexander Gustafsson has revealed that he’s just undergone shoulder surgery and is now in the process of rehabiliation.
“UPDATE! Op done ✅ Got my shoulder fixed, feel great, been 3 month with a plate keeping my collarbone in place!” Gustafsson wrote on Instagram. “Now rehab and slowly getting back in 100% training! Can’t wait to get back to the octagon 🏆”
Gustafsson last fought in his native Sweden back in May and looked back in top form as he controlled his headlining bout with Glover Teixeira before knocking him out early in the fifth round.
That leaves ‘The Mauler’ placed at No.1 on the UFC’s official light-heavyweight rankings, and recently current champion Daniel Cormier indicated that he’d be open to a rematch with him next if his fight with Volkan Oezdemir falls through due to his opponent’s current legal issues.
However, Cormier had indicated he was looking at fighting at UFC 220 in Boston on January 20th, which would be far too soon for Gustafsson.
There’s no other clear contender for DC’s next fight, though the star himself has already shown an interest in potentially fighting Ovince Saint Preux, who has enjoyed a return to form over the past eight months, racking up three impressive wins in a row, two by von flue choke and one by a head kick KO, to rise to No.5 on the rankings.