‘Gustafsson Was on Fire’- Joe Rogan Lauds Alexander Gustafsson for His Performance Against Champion Glover Teixeira

Published 12/17/2021, 11:12 AM EST


Many UFC fighters retire from the promotion once they hit the age of 30 to 33. However, very few opt to continue their career in professional fighting if even there is little gas in them.

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Few find success after they crossed their prime. Interestingly, there are a few UFC fighters who are still strong in their division, irrespective of their age.

Recently, the number eight bantamweight contender appeared in an episode of the Joe Rogan podcast. The pair got into a discussion about the fighters who are out of their prime should continue or walk away from the sport.

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During the conversation, Rogan recalled an incident of the former UFC fighter, Chuck Liddell. While talking about veteran fighters, Vera and Rogan lauded the former light heavyweight title challenger, Alexander Gustafsson.

While talking about Gustafsson’s stunning knockout win over the now light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira, Rogan said, “And then you know Gustafsson put it on right there and with Gustafsson, that was his best performance of his career. I mean, Gustafson was on fire in that fight. Oh my god, he looks so good in that fight.”

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However, after his win over Teixeira in 2017, ‘The Mauler’ found little success in UFC. He also announced his retirement but later returned to the heavyweight division. Here’s a brief preview of his career.

Alexander Gustafsson: Over the Years

‘The Mauler’ is one of the most prominent names in the promotion. He has an impressive professional fighting career of 18-7 under his name. The 34-year-old has eleven knockout wins on his MMA resume.

(Alexander Gustafsson announces retirement after loss to Anthony Smith)

Alexander Gustafsson made a stunning UFC debut in 2009 with a first-round knockout win at UFC 105. Unfortunately, he faced a defeat in his second UFC fight. But he can bounce back in the win column.

The Swedish fighter was on an amazing six-fight undefeated streak when he earned his first title light heavyweight title shot. However, he lost the fight against Jon Jones and faced a rough patch after that.

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He only won one fight from 2013 to 2015. The Swedish fighter lost yet another UFC light heavyweight title against Daniel Cormier in UFC 192. In the quest to conquer the gold strap, he won two bouts in 2016 and 2017 only to lose in a title rematch against Jones.

Following his third title loss, the 34-year-old announced his retirement in 2019. However, he returned to the UFC octagon, this time in the heavyweight division.

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Unfortunately, he lost in his heavyweight debut in 2020. He has not competed ever since then and is waiting for his second fight in the heavyweight division. Do tell us below what do you make out of Joe Rogan and Marlon Vera’s conversation?

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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