Biography(references)Alexander Gustafsson is a Swedish professional mixed martial artist. Gustafsson currently competes in the light heavyweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship . Gustafsson spent a major part of his MMA career in the Light Heavyweight division of the UFC, where he became a top contender and fought for the title three times.
Combat ApproachAfter his title fight against Jon Jones at UFC 165, rumors came out that Gustafsson would leave Alliance to train only in Sweden, but Gustafsson and his team later came out saying that the rumors were false and that he would still mix up his training by spending time at Alliance as well as flying people in from the United States to train with him in Sweden for his future fights. In addition to Gustafsson and his long time training partner Ilir Latifi, the Allstar team has also added other big names from the heavier divisions. The gym has also been had success with fighters from smaller weight classes such as Reza Madadi, David Teymur and Guram Kutateladze.
Fighter Trivia(references)His nickname, "The Mauler", was given to him early in his career by his training partners, referring to his powerful striking, killer instinct and the reckless ways he finishes his fights. When asked about his idols in combat sports, Gustafsson always names MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko as his biggest inspiration coming in to the sport. He is a long time friend, and former occasional training and sparring partner, of two-division boxing world champion Badou Jack.
Awards & Accolades
UFC: UFC Hall of Fame (Fight Wing) vs. Jon Jones at UFC 165
UFC: Fight of the Night (Four times) vs. Jon Jones, Jimi Manuwa, Daniel Cormier and Glover Teixeira
UFC: Performance of the Night (One time) vs. Jimi Manuwa
UFC: Fight of the Year (2013) vs. Jon Jones
UFC: Latest knockout in a light heavyweight 5 round fight (1:07 into round 5) vs. Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 109
World MMA Awards: 2013 Fight of the Year vs. Jon Jones on 21 September
World MMA Awards: 2013 International Fighter of the Year
ESPN: 2013 Fight of the Year vs. Jon Jones (UFC 165)
Sherdog: 2011 All-Violence 3rd Team
Sherdog: 2013 All-Violence 2nd Team
Sherdog: 2013 Fight of the Year vs. Jon Jones (UFC 165)
FoxSports.com: 2013 Fight of the Year vs. Jon Jones (UFC 165)
Yahoo! Sports.com: 2013 Fight of the Year vs. Jon Jones (UFC 165)
MMAJunkie.com: 2013 Fight of the Year vs. Jon Jones (UFC 165)
MMAJunkie.com: 2015 October Fight of the Month vs. Daniel Cormier (UFC 192)
MMAJunkie.com: 2017 May Knockout of the Month vs. Glover Teixeira (UFC Fight Night 109)
MMAFighting.com: 2013 Fight of the Year vs. Jon Jones (UFC 165)
MMAWeekly.com: 2013 Fight of the Year (vs. Jon Jones) (UFC 165)
Nordic MMA Awards – MMAviking.com: 2011 Fighter of the Year
Nordic MMA Awards – MMAviking.com: 2012 Fighter of the Year
Nordic MMA Awards – MMAviking.com: 2013 Fight of the Year vs. Jon Jones
Nordic MMA Awards – MMAviking.com: 2017 Knockout of the Year vs. Glover Teixeira
Nordic MMA Awards – MMAviking.com: 2019 Fighter of the Decade
AIBA: Swedish Boxing Federation: 2003 Swedish National Youth Light Heavyweight Champion
AIBA: Swedish Boxing Federation: 2008 KP Cup Boxing Heavyweight Tournament Winner
AIBA: Swedish Boxing Federation: 2009 KP Cup Boxing Heavyweight Tournament Winner
AIBA: Swedish Boxing Federation: 2009 Tensta Box Open Heavyweight Tournament Winner
Free Fight: Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson 1 | UFC 165, 2013
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