Alexander Gustafsson has withdrawn from his upcoming bout with Glover Teixeira due to injury. The UFC has just announced the news, and the main event for the Fight NIght Berlin will now be champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk from Poland versus Jessica Penne.
Gustafsson was set to promote his June 20th bout in Berlin last week, but the PR event took place without the former title contender raising questions as to the seriousness of a reported back injury. “Where are we now … It’s seven, eight weeks left to brawl. There is a five rounds fight and required ten weeks of construction. But I still hope and positive.” said manager Tomas Ghassemi about Gustafsson’s status on the upcoming European card last week.
The Allstars Training Center fighter was looking to erase the memory of his last bout against Anthony Johnson at the Tele2 Arena in January, where the Swede was stopped the first round with punches.
With Jon Jones out of the UFC rankings due to his ongoing legal battles, Gustafsson is currently ranked as the #2 lightweight in the world.
“There is currently no further information on Gustafsson’s injury or a confirmed date for his return to the Octagon.” says the UFC in the announcement press release.