UFC 227 is a wrap. However another slugfest was set as former two-time light heavyweight title challenger Alexander ‘The Mauler’ Gustafsson would welcome former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold up to light heavyweight.
However Rockhold got injured and had to pull out of the fight and got replaced by former title challenger Volkan Ozdemir. But again even Ozdemir had to pull out due to an injury.
A surging Anthony Smith offered to step in on two weeks notice. However just minutes after that, Gustafsson’s manager revealed Gustafsson is out from his UFC 227 fight due to a ‘minor injury’.
Speaking on ‘UFC Unfiltered’ podcast, UFC President Dana White revealed that it was rather a serious injury to Gustafsson’s hamstring. White is hopeful that Gustafsson will be cleared for an octagon return this year.
“It wasn’t a minor injury; he actually had a serious injury to his hamstring,” White said. “He doesn’t have to do surgery. He’s doing physical therapy, and we’re hoping he can come back before the end of the year. He was hurt, a legitimate injury, and he’s working on it. We’re trying to get him in before the end of the year.”