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Old 10-03-2013, 06:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alexander Gustafsson Leaves Alliance MMA , Future Training Camps now in Sweden

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Alexander Gustafsson Leaves Alliance MMA and Phil Davis Behind, Opts to Hold Future Training Camps in Sweden






Alexander Gustafsson fought better than ever at UFC 165 in challenging light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Even though he lost on the official score cards, many observers felt that the Swede did enough to become the new champion, and the conventional wisdom was that his training with former foe Phil Davis at the Alliance MMA camp in San Diego was key to Alexander’s improvement.

Gustafsson has announced, however, that he will no longer conduct training camps with the Alliance team nor train with Phil Davis, according to a report from MMA Junkie. “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 in a recent interview with Aftonbladet. “It costs too much and it takes too much time away from my family. It’s simply not worth it.”

It may be that Gustafsson believes that he and Davis will be fighting one another again and wants to avoid the untenable situation of fighting a teammate. The two big men fought one another at UFC 112 in 2010, with Davis earning a first-round submission win. Since that time, Gustafsson has trained alongside Davis at Alliance, improving his wrestling skills by working with the former national champion out of Penn State.

“We belong to both the top, and that’s not a difficult guess that we’ll meet again soon,” Gustafsson explained. “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.”

“We do not train with each other as much anymore,” Gustafsson said flatly.

Alliance head trainer Eric Del Fierro expressed surprise at Gustafsson’s decision. According to Del Fierro, an injury sustained by Davis recently prevented he and Gustafsson from training much together in advance of UFC 165 but that prior to that the two had no apparent problems working with one another.

What do you think, nation? Is Gustafsson sensing that the UFC will pit him against his friend Davis once again since they have opted to give Glover Teixeira the next shot at Jones?

Will Davis and Gustafsson’s ebony and ivory buddy cop friendship survive this latest riff and a possible second fight? And can Gustafsson continue to improve as much in Sweden, without the help of Davis and Del Fierro?

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Old 10-03-2013, 06:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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In a lot of ways its understandable. If he doesn't want to relocate to the US then this is probably not a surprise to Davis or the team.
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Move the **** here. There is nothing good coming in his career if he stays in Sweden. There just isn't the level needed for him to beat Jones. This is an awful decision if he ever wants to be champion. I understand he misses his family but ask Frank Mir how training around your family goes.

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I think we might of seen the last of Gus at his peak...
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I think we might of seen the last of Gus at his peak...
I really doubt that, the only thing Davis dose better than Gus is wrestling not that its not significant but not a lot of fighters are better at wrestling than Davis. Im not saying his camps will be as good as he would get in the USA but Gus wont drop off the radar or start dropping fights he should be favored to win because of it IMO.
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I really doubt that, the only thing Davis dose better than Gus is wrestling not that its not significant but not a lot of fighters are better at wrestling than Davis. Im not saying his camps will be as good as he would get in the USA but Gus wont drop off the radar or start dropping fights he should be favored to win because of it IMO.
Thats why i said peak, Gus will still be top 5... But he won't be at the level of giving Jones a tough razor close fight if he is not training and sparring with great athletes.
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This bodes terribly for Gus imo.
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This bodes terribly for Gus imo.
Exactly.... Your not going to get better by leaving a great Gym like Alliance. Just look how far along his MMA wrestling has come. This is really sad news to be honest.
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I understand why he did it, but I think it was a bad move on his part.
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I think he'll be fine against the rest of the division training in Sweden, givin the skills that he's developed. However, he should atleast go back and train at Alliance if/when he fights Jones again.
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