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Alexander Gustafsson Says He’s “Losing That Happiness” For Training

Kelsey Mowatt

Alexander Gustafsson

After coming very close to securing the UFC’s light-heavyweight title for a second time, Alexander Gustafsson has admitted he’s having a tough time these days getting motivated to train.

The Swedish star battled the reigning champ Daniel Cormier this past October for five epic rounds, but lost the bout via split decision. Back in 2013, Gustafsson nearly became the first man to hand Jon Jones a legit loss, but came up short, and lost that fight by UD.

“The Mauler” has admitted in recent months that his motivation to train has been waning, and recently he said this on “The MMA Hour” (quote via MMA Fighting.com):

“It’s been getting worse, that I’m losing that happiness in training, that motivation,” Gustafsson said. “If you just train because you have to train, it’s not the right reasons. It’s not always shine and good feelings in training. But when it comes down to it you need to have that happiness and motivation in training.”

If you’re a Gustafsson fan don’t worry. He also said he has no plans to retire and that he plans to fight in 2016.

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