Alexander Gustafsson set to make his return in the heavyweight decision; to take on Ben Rothwell


Former UFC lightweight title contender, Alexander Gustafsson will return to the octagon in a heavyweight clash against Ben Rothwell

Earlier today MMAFighting confirmed that Alexander Gustafsson will meet Ben Rothwell in a much anticipated heavyweight clash. [Via MMAFighting]

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 24: In this handout image provided by UFC, Alexander Gustafsson of Sweden poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 24, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Gustafsson had contested for the lightweight gold thrice and returned in 2020 shortly after announcing retirement in 2019. Ben Rothwell, who also lost his last fight will look to test Alexander in what has the potential to be an absolute barn-burner.

Fans have developed a keen interest in recent times to the idea of matching up legends of the fight game. This matchup is a true testament to that idea.

Alexander Gustafsson reflects on his ‘Hall of Fame’ war against Jon Jones

Alexander Gustafsson considers UFC’s Hall of Fame induction of his UFC 165 fight against Jon Jones as a ‘huge honour.’

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INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 29: Jon Jones (top)punches Alexander Gustafsson of Sweden (bottom) during a Light Heavyweight titlebout during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. Jones defeated Gustafsson by KO. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The UFC 165 main event between Alexander Gustafsson and Jon Jones is widely regarded as one of the greatest fights inside the octagon. The UFC cemented it by inducting it into the Hall of Fame in September 2021.

Gustafsson said, “I was pretty tired and I remember my disappointment when my hand wasn’t raised. At the same time, I felt a lot of pride in my performance.”

Bothe the fighters fought their hearts out and Jones emerged victorious. The memory of the fight gives fight fans the chills to date.

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