UFC Stockholm: Alexander Gustafsson Retires Following Loss to Smith
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, June 2, 2019
Alexander ‘The Mauler” Gustafsson confirmed his retirement following his loss to Anthony “Lionheart” Smith on Saturday.
Gustafsson and Smith fought in a great back and forth bout that ended with Smith winning the fight by submission at 2:48 of the fourth round. During the post-fight interview, Gustafsson removed his gloves, praised his opponent Smith, and then said: “the show is over guys.”, before leaving his gloves in the octagon to signal the end of his MMA career.
Throughout his career, Gustafsson had consistently been regarded as one of the top light-heavyweight fighters in the world and even when he was unsuccessful at capturing the UFC Light-Heavyweight championship, he’d always bounce back in impressive fashion and remain at the top of the UFC’s light-heavyweight rankings.
Gustafsson retires from the sport with a 18-6 record, which includes wins over Matt Hamill, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and Glover Teixeira. It’ll be interesting to see if the 32-year old stays retired or if this is just a much need hiatus to allow him to recuperate nagging injuries and refocus.
Here is some of the reaction to Alexander Gustafsson's retirement:
Honestly I don’t believe you but if you’re serious, thank you for everything. You held the division to a standard and made us better. Go kick ass with that Family.— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) June 1, 2019
Congrats on a magnificent career @AlexTheMauler Incredible fighter and a true gentleman.— michael (@bisping) June 1, 2019
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