‘He needs to walk away’, Daniel Cormier calls Alexander Gustafsson to retire
One of the vital sadder moments from the previous day’s UFC London happened when Alexander Gustafsson suffered a number one round KO at the hands of Nikita Krylov. That was once the fourth loss in a row (all finishes) suffered by way of ‘The Mauler’.
On seeing the former establish challenger succumb to a Krylov uppercut, former UFC heavyweight and lightweight heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier made it clear that he felt Gustafsson must no longer be combating anymore.
“Gustafson [sic] is finished,” wrote Cormier. “He needs to walk away, the ones pictures are exhausting on the other hand he used to devour those. The chin is lengthy long past, walk away my pal. All folks have expiration date. One of the vital easiest to not have had a establish.”
I know he fought for the establish a few events on the other hand I have to wonder if he’s earned enough to financially retire
— retailer CrisCyborg.com (@criscyborg) July 23, 2022
Cormier’s statement was once met with one from former UFC featherweight champion, and provide Bellator featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg. She offered up the sobering undeniable fact that Gustafsson won’t have the kind of financial protection needed to retire as a 35-year-old.
“I know he fought for the establish a few events on the other hand I have to wonder if he’s earned enough to financially retire,” she wrote.
Gustafsson entered the UFC in 2009 and debuted with a 41-second KO win over Jared Hamman. In his second Octagon glance he was once submitted by way of Phil Davis.
After that loss the Swede reeled off six immediately victories to earn a establish shot towards Jon Jones. Jones vs Gustafsson, at UFC 165 in 2013, remains probably the most an important greatest fights ever hosted throughout the Octagon.
Jones gained the fight by way of get a divorce selection. Although, some—in conjunction with Gustafsson—felt the judges got it improper.
After that close loss Gustafsson TKO’d Jimi Manuwa, on the other hand was once then TKO’d himself by way of Anthony Johnson.
In 2015 he faced Cormier for the UFC gentle heavyweight establish (vacated on account of one among Jones’ many outdoor the cage issues). He out of place that bout by way of get a divorce selection.
Gustafsson regrouped with wins over long term champions Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira. Those victories gained him a rematch with Jones, at UFC 232 in 2018. That fight was once for the vacant UFC gentle heavyweight establish (which was once stripped from Cormier after he fascinated with protective his heavyweight establish).
Jones KO’d Gustafsson throughout the third round. That was once the main loss in Gustafsson’s provide 4 fight shedding skid. The other losses include submission defeats to Anthony Smith and Fabricio Werdum (at heavyweight).