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Gustafsson Outlines Why he Left Alliance MMA

Kelsey Mowatt

Alexander Gustafsson

Not long after Alexander Gustafsson proved he is truly one of the sport’s top fighters, by pushing Jon Jones to his limits at UFC 165, he’s revealed his future camps will take place solely in his native Sweden. Gustafsson has spent considerable time training with the renowned Alliance MMA gym in recent years, including up to his recent instant classic with Jones.

In a report from, Gustafsson discussed the reasons behind his decision, which probably has surprised a few people. “The Mauler” stated (quote translated by MMA

“Now I’m in that stage of my career that I will compete three or four times a year, so I can not hold on and go off all the time,” Gustafsson said. “It costs too much and it takes too much time away from my family. It’s simply not worth it.”

Gustafsson also relayed that he’s at the point now where he can fly in sparring partners for future camps. As Alliance head coach Eric Del Fierro also pointed out, Sweden is home to many talented fighters and training partners as well.

Of course, the obvious question is whether this might have something to do with Alliance’s Phil Davis, who continues to rise up the light-heavyweight rankings, and as a result, a rematch with Gustafsson could materialize. The Swedish star relayed his decision was motivated by Davis being at Alliance, by stating:

“We belong to both the top, and that’s not a difficult guess that we’ll meet again soon,” he said. “It’s not a dream opponent because we are friends, but (if) UFC decides that we should meet … it feels better to not train together right now.”

Davis tapped out Gustafsson at UFC 112 in 2010. Stay tuned to MMA for more on this story and all your UFC news.

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