Alexander Lars-Åke Gustafsson is a prominent mixed martial artist from Sweden. Currently, he signed with the UFC, where he competes in the light heavyweight division. He is well known for his footwork as a light heavyweight and efficient striking skills. He is currently ranked #2 in official UFC light heavyweight rankings.
Alexander Gustafsson as a Swedish mixed martial artist formerly practiced Shootfighting, Boxing, Muay Thai, and Submission Wrestling. Further, the Light Heavyweight fighter is a Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
As per many tabloids, his current net worth is reportedly around $1 million and so far his main source of income remains his career as a fighter. He is a resident of Stockholm, Sweden and has a lovely home there.
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Alexander Gustafsson is UFC's 146th highest earning fighters in an organization with more than 800 active fighters. As of 2019, Alexander Gustafsson has reportedly earned around $1,425,000 from his bouts with the UFC.
Further, the MMA fighter gets a certain portion of money from his endorsements and even from UFC-Zuffa founded game and more.
He holds Swedish nationality and currently in contract with UFC. On the date of the news published, he has 279K followers on Twitter and 637K followers on Instagram.
Alexander Gustafsson is currently in living in a relationship with his girlfriend Moa and they have 2 children together.
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Prior to that, he was engaged to Amanda but they later split in 2015. The reason behind their separation is still unknown.
Alexander Gustafsson is 6 ft 5 in (196 cm) tall and weighs around 205 lbs. The MMA fighter has 79 in (201 cm) punching reach.
Alexander Gustafsson was born as Alexander L. Gustafsson on 15 January 1987, in Arboga, Vastmanland Country, Sweden and grew up in Stockholm. He is affiliated to Allstars Training Center, Alliance MMA.
Alexander Gustafsson has admitted that he was a problemed child growing up. Alexander's parents separated while he was very young, hence he lived with his mother and his step-father. Growing up in Arboga near to Stockholm, he was the eldest of his four younger sisters.
He had a deep relationship with his real father who lived in another city near him. Unfortunately, on March 8, 2014, he lost his biological father. further, he also had a close relationship with Pastor Wiggo Carlsson until his death in 2012.
At the age of 18, he was locked up for assaulting and fighting and was imprisoned for two years. He was released in 2006. Growing up, he was a huge Fedor Emelianenko fan and he still admits that Fedor is his biggest inspiration in the MMA world.
He turned pro-MMA fighter on 14 November 2009 and so far holds an MMA record of total 18 wins and 4 losses in his 22 appearances.
He is a handsome Swedish-White (Finn) fighter and is one of the most popular fighters in the LHW roaster. Alexander Gustafsson's birth sign is Capricorn and is famous as the Mauler and The Viking among MMA fans.
Alex in his UFC players profile stated that he started to train MMA in 2006 and before that, he trained in boxing. He started MMA because it felt so real when he stood in the cage next to your opponent.
Alexander Gustafsson started MMA training in 2006 and prior that he trained in boxing. He won the national championship at the age of 16 but soon after that, he went to prison for assault charges. His boxing career ended after afterward, so he pursues a career in MMA and later joined the UFC in September 2009.
Alexander Gustafsson started his MMA career with Shooto Finland: Chicago Collision 3 and fought against Saku Heikola to win the match in round 2 on 17-Nov-07. Then fought against Mikael Haydari at FinnFight 9, winning the match held on 15-Dec-07 via TKO ( punches) in round 1.
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Alexander fought against Farbod Fadami on the Zone FC 1 on 9-Feb-08 in a winning match in where he TKO'ed Farbod in the first round. Again in another important match, he fought against Florian Muller at Fite Selektor and won the match in round 2 on 13-Mar-08 via TKO (knee to the body).
He fought Matteo Minonzio in the FC 2 zone later in his next match on 10-May-08 and won the match in round 1 via TKO (punches). Later, fought Krzysztof Kuak at KSW Extra and won the match (unanimously) in round 2 on 13-Sep-08.
Later after four matches in various MMA belts, Gustafsson made his UFC debut on 14-Nov-09, and fought against Jared Hamman at UFC 105 and won the match in a memorable Fashion with a first-round TKO.
His first UFC loss was against Phil Davis at UFC 112 held on 10th April 2010 after he was caught in an anaconda choke in the very first round.
Six months after his very first loss, on 10th October, he fought against Cyrille Diabat at UFC 120 and won the match in round 2 by submission. At UFC 127, he fought James Te Huna and was able to win the match in round 1 on February 27 via Submission (rear - naked choke).
He fought against Matt Hamill on the UFC 133 on 6-Aug-11 and won the match in round 2 via TKO (punches and elbows). He fought against Vladimir Matyushenko in UFC 141 and again added another win to his stake.
He fought against Thiago Silva on Fuel TV on 14-Apr-12 at UFC: Gustafsson vs. Silva and won the match in round 3 by decision (unanimous). At UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz, he fought against Mauricio Rua, winning the match in round 3 on 8-Dec-12.
Gustafsson then fought Jon Jones in UFC 165 on 21-Sep-13 in their first ever meeting but he lost the match to Bones in a unanimous decision after five rounds of continuous trade.
After his loss with Jones at UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa, the Swedish fighter fought Jimi Manuwa, winning the match in a KO (knee and punches) victory in round 2 on 8-Mar-14.
He also fought Anthony Johnson at the UFC on Fox on 24 January 15: Gustafsson vs. Johnson lost his match in round 1 via TKO (punches). Alexander Gustafsson then fought Jon Jones' all-time rival Daniel Cormier at UFC 192 but lost to current double champion DC on 3rd October 2015 to the judges' split decision score.
Later in his next match, on 3-Sep-16, he fought in the UFC Fight Night against Jan Baachowicz in UFC Arlovski vs. Barnett and won the match in round 3 by decision (unanimous).
He faced Glover Teixeira on May 28, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 209. So far, he has 18 wins in total twenty-four matches he has appeared on.
Alexander Gustafsson has an upcoming title fight against the former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones on December 29, 2018.
On December 29, 2018, Alexander Gustafsson had a title fight against the former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
The fighters went back and forth and were trading shots at each other via social media prior to their re-match almost after five years.
— Alexander Gustafsson (@AlexTheMauler) December 24, 2018
However, he lost the fight via TKO (punches) in round three.