Alexander Gustafsson Receives Multiple Staples to His Head, but No Serious Injuries

September 23, 2013
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Courtesy of Damon Martin and official MMAWeekly.com content partner Bleacher Report.

Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on Fox 5Alexander Gustafsson was potentially only one round away from winning the light heavyweight title on Saturday night when he faced champion Jon Jones is one of the most memorable fights in UFC history.

Gustafsson put forth a tremendous effort, but ultimately came up short against Jones as both men battled it out in a bloody and tiring affair over the course of 25 minutes.

When it was over, both fighters were visibly worn down, beaten and wearing a crimson mask of their own blood—and probably some from each other as well.

Gustafsson and Jones skipped the customary post fight press conference to head to the hospital to get checked out by doctors after going through five rounds of hell against each other to close out UFC 165.

UFC president Dana White may have summed it up best when he addressed the fighters absence from the press conference:

“You could tell in the last round both of those guys were fighting on pure heart,” White said. “Both of them. Gustafsson had never been five rounds before, and he got hurt bad with those elbows in the fourth round. He got hit with some stuff in the fifth round. Jon Jones was busted up and kept moving forward. He pleaded with the doctor not to stop it in the fifth.”

“Not that I can talk to this either, but I believe this is one of those fights where both guys felt like they were going to die. You feel like, ‘I don’t know if I can continue. I don’t know if I can keep doing this. I don’t know if I can go one more round,’ (or) if they even knew what round it was. It was one of those kind of fights. It’s why you’ve got to respect what happened here so much.”

While there have only been preliminary reports about Jones’ health after the battle on Saturday night, Gustafsson was treated and released from the hospital with only minor injuries.

According to Gustafsson’s coach Eric Del Fierro who spoke to Bleacher Report via text message late Sunday night, the Swedish fighter is a little banged up but mostly just emotionally drained after coming so close to capturing the title but leaving without the gold.

“He is sore,” Del Fierro wrote via text message. “(He) got five staples I believe in the top of (his) head.”

The staples came as a result of a large cut that was opened in Gustafsson’s hairline after he caught a wicked elbow from Jones in the fourth round of their fight. After looking good for the majority of the round, Gustafsson was blasted by an elbow strike from Jones late in the session and a few moments later blood began trickling down the side of his face.

Gustafsson was able to survive the onslaught and made it all the way to the final bell without the cut giving him very many issues.

Following the conclusion of the fight, however, it was time for Gustafsson to get treated by doctors and he will now head home to Sweden with a few staples in place to help start the healing process.

Otherwise, according to his coach, Gustafsson suffered no major injuries after the five round title fight against Jones.

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  • El Gvapo

    I wish Gus a speedy recovery, can’t wait to see him fight again. I’m still a little shocked by the outcry over the decision. I felt it was a close fight, one that realistically could have been scored either way, but I’ve seen people describing it as a robbery. That decision wouldn’t even make it into the top-50 worst decisions in mma history. I just wonder if this is more about people disliking Jones? I can’t understand why people seem to hate anyone that’s dominant, it was the same with Silva too. I’ve never seen a boring Jones fight, ditto Anderson (except Maia), ditto Weidman, Pettis, Cain etc.

    • Kris-tyahn

      I agree I thought Jones won 48-47, I don’t know if I would have been shocked had Gus won, maybe not shocked, maybe a little surprised bc in order to get the title you need to BEAT the champ, at best Gus tied him, and the “tie” always goes to the champ. When the fight is close the Champ gets the nod, unless your name is Frankie Edgar!!! Even when Edgar wins, he still loses! I don’t see how people can say the decision was a robbery, it’s more based on dislike for Jones IMHO! Just like te hate people have for GSP and Silva, for whatever reason many people do not like a dominant champ.

      • MuayThaiFood

        I don’t know why you and others keep emphasizing that you have to “BEAT the champ”. The scoring in a title fight is the same as any other. It’s obvious that you have to beat the champ to take the belt. They could still reach a draw and that would mean that the champ would retain the belt but technically the decision would still be a draw and not a W.
        What it seems that some people are saying is that if the challenger isn’t dominant than he hasn’t BEAT the champ. It was a close fight but a lot of people thought Gus won 3 rounds, including myself, which is enough. If the fight is close the champ does not get the nod. The only situation he gains any advantage would be in a draw where he retains the title.

      • Cptmats

        I’ve watched it a couple times now and come to the same conclusion, 49-47 Gus !
        1,2 and 4 to Gus 3 even and 5 for Jones.

        • Collideoverme

          I do think Gus won as well. Rds 1,2,3 to Jones 4, and 5. Gus would have had 4 if not for getting hurt badly in the 4th. 5th was all Jones. Good fight though and even with Texiera getting the next fight, I think Gus will be back against Jones.

  • Pat Garret

    I called this fight, Bones by split decision! But when I heard unanimous decision for Bones. I thought that the ref ,decision was wrong! Also Alex did not get robbed either.

    • Darin

      I considered it an even fight, one that could go either way. I was a little suprised that not one judge gave Gus 3 rounds. More than anything, I think the fight exposed Jones and showed that his physical attributes play a huge role in his success. Jones had never been taken down, Gus made it look easy. Jones takes opponents down at will, Gus made it almost impossible. Jones’ face looked like a catcher’s mitt and he could barely walk after this fight, a rematch is a big threat to his reign.

    • TheCerealKiller

      “But when I heard unanimous decision for Bones.”

      That’s not a complete sentence. You don’t have a middle school level of english comprehension. Please try harder next time.

      • Pat Garret

        Ok thanks, for the grammar lesson genius!

      • Marcus Miles

        Well I must say, “Thats not a complete sentence”, Isn’t a complete sentence either. You are missing a noun in that sentence somewhere. You must be stuck in middle school level as well. Being a dick doesn’t pay off.

        • MuayThaiFood

          He’s correct though. The sentence has a noun and pronoun. “That” is a demonstrative pronoun and “sentence” is a noun that functions as a direct object. It’s a perfectly good sentence.

          As bad as the writing was in Pat’s comment though, the thought process behind it is the hardest to grasp. How can someone call a fight a split decision unless they have 3 separate personalities that don’t agree? The whole post makes no sense really. I would say Pat doesn’t have a middle school understanding a lot more than just grammar.

          • Marcus Miles

            You cant start a sentence with “that”. The word “that” doesn’t tell the reader what “that” is. You need a subject (noun) and a verb with a controlling idea to make a complete sentence and in his sentence, there is no subject. The reader has to assume what the subject is. His sentence is a phrase and not complete.

          • MuayThaiFood

            “That’s not a complete sentence” is not there all by itself. It’s referring to the previous quote: “But when I heard unanimous decision for Bones”. Without context it doesn’t make sense but it still has all the components of a grammatically correct sentence.
            That: this is the subject. It’s a demonstrative pronoun.
            is: this is the verb
            a complete sentence: “sentence” is the noun that functions as the direct object; and “complete” is the adjective that modifies the noun.
            The subject doesn’t necessarily need to be a noun. It can be: a noun or a pronoun; a gerund or gerund phrase; an infinitive or infinitive phrase; or a clause. Finally, the sentence can also have an indefinite subject.

            I don’t claim to write perfectly or to be a grammar expert but there is a huge difference between a small grammatical error and one to the point where the writer is not being understood. Pat’s comment is in the later category.

          • Pat Garret

            Next time, I’ll install proof reading software on my laptop, lol

          • MuayThaiFood

            Yes, just look at the controversy you’ve started. :)

  • David Huenecke

    I think the problem with dominant champs is that people like variety. It gets kinda boring having someone be champ for 6 yrs regardless of how good they are as a fighter. People want to ser him lose just so they can see someone else as champ. Then after awhile people will start to hate on them.

    • Maddawgmar

      I agree a bit. I get bored with long term champs if they are boring fighters. What happens to every fighter that becomes champ? They lose their killer instinct. They start to out point the opponent instead of trying to beat them. GSP, I liked him when he was stopping guys, but now he doesn’t even try to stop them. Mayweather, I used to like him, now I wait for someone plank him like Marquez did to Paquiao. As long as Jones keeps up the excitement and tries to finish I’ll be a fan. That why I like Ronda, love her or hate her, she finishes her fights.