Alexander Gustafsson Mulls Move To Heavyweight In Wake of UFC 232 Loss

By Nathan Zur Jan 3, 2019

After coming up short in his third shot at the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight belt, Alexander Gustafsson may consider a change of scenery.

Gustafsson has fought for the UFC lightweight championship belt on three occasions, losing twice to Jon Jones and once to Daniel Cormier. The Swede, who at 6’5: with a 79-inch reach is one of the biggest high-level 205-pounders in the world, may try his luck in the heavyweight division now that his two-time for Jones appears to be back for good.

During the UFC 232 post-fight press conference, “The Mauler” was asked by a reporter if his days at light heavyweight were done (via

“Yeah, it’s not over yet. Let’s see what’s next. Like always, you do this for a reason, and it’s to compete with the best guys out there, and that’s what I’ll do. I will do it as long as I think it’s fun.”

The 31-year-old said he was open to a moving up a division but would go back to the gym and talk about a potential move with his coaches

“Yeah, of course. The heavyweight division is also an alternative. I’m here to fight, either if it’s at light heavy or heavy. I have to talk to my coaches and see what’s next.”

Gustafsson (18-5 MMA, 10-5 UFC) has competed 15 times inside the Octagon and is arguably the most accomplished light heavyweight not to win a title, with losses to only Jones (twice), Daniel Cormier, Anthony Johnson and Phil Davis and with notable wins over Glover Teixeira, Jimi Manuwa and Mauricio Rua.


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