Swedish MMA Federation rules Alexander Gustafsson medically unfit for UFC on FUEL 9 main event

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The Swedish MMA Federation (SMMAF) has ruled UFC light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson medically unfit to compete in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 9 due to a facial laceration sustained over Easter weekend.

Committee officials announced their decision on Tuesday.

"According to SMMAF regulations the competitors in a match shall be examined by the certified appointed match doctor prior to the match," the SMMAF wrote in a statement to MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani. "The examination is always carried out the day before the match, this is to safeguard that a competitor shall never be cleared for a match earlier than the day before the match.

"In the case of Alexander Gustafsson there was a request for an early indicative medical examination which was immediately performed on March 30th (Easter Eve). The federation doctors that performed the examination informed Gustafsson that his injury was of such a nature that it was very unlikely that he would be medically cleared for a match in the near future. These doctors did not have a mandate to stop the match at the time of that examination.

"The SMMAF Medical Committee has today reviewed the circumstances regarding Gustafsson and his injury," the statement continued. "The SMMAF Medical Committee recognizes that a competitor cannot be medically cleared earlier than the day before the match. However, bearing in mind that a correct medical examination that met the regulatory demands has been performed, nothing in the SMMAF regulations hinders the SMMAF Medical Committee from making a decision to stop Gustafsson from competing. As it is clear that Alexander Gustafsson will not be fit to compete as planned and cannot be medically cleared on Friday the 5th of April, the SMMAF Medical Committee has today decided that Alexander Gustafsson will not be allowed to participate in the planned match on April 6th."

Gustafsson was slated to fight former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi on April 6, 2013 at the Ericsson Globe Arena in his hometown of Stockholm, Sweden.

UFC officials have yet to comment on Mousasi's status on the card.

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