Alexander Gustafsson put quite a charge into an otherwise quiet Easter Sunday news cycle when MMA fans and media learned his April 6 main event bout at UFC on Fuel 9 was in serious jeopardy. A translation by MMAMania of a report from Swedish-language site Kimura.se revealed the light heavyweight contender sustained a cut while training for his fight with Gegard Mousasi. At the moment, his status for Saturday—that would be the Saturday that happens five days from now—is uncertain.
Complicating matters is the fact that Gustafsson, a Swede, was expected to more or less carry the entire UFC on Fuel 9 event, which is taking place in Stockholm.
For the moment, the MMA world awaits word on whether Gustafsson will be able to go. In the meantime, how about some wild speculation to pass the time? I say yes. I always say yes. Here are five possibilities that, to me, make sense as replacements for Gustafsson in a fight against Mousasi.