In accordance to the a few-time UFC title challenger, the heartbreak of dropping in front of a residence viewers in Sweden—his 2nd defeat in a row overall—just led to the outburst that he was hanging up his gloves for superior.
Now Gustafsson can conveniently acknowledge he regrets that selection and that in the end the moment just bought the better of him that night.
“It was an psychological second. Absolutely nothing else,” Gustafsson explained to MMA Fighting on Tuesday throughout the UFC on ESPN 14 media day. “I was just heartbroken. It was a tricky battle. It was in Stockholm. It was towards a man I know I’ve got the applications to defeat but I didn’t of course.
“It was a tough night and my emotions and ideas ended up just chaos in my head.”
As he prepares to make his return at UFC on ESPN 14 this weekend, Gustafsson truly understood pretty a extended time in the past that he was going to combat yet again.
“After a thirty day period or two at dwelling about that. I then I want to go back again to instruction and I can not train devoid of inspiration so now I’m in this article,” Gustafsson explained.
Although his overall UFC profession has been put in at 205 kilos, Gustafsson’s to start with combat back in about a 12 months will truly get spot in the heavyweight division when he faces off with previous winner Fabricio Werdum on Saturday evening.
Pounds reducing was normally considered as the magical recipe for winning in MMA but recently extra and a lot more fighters are really relocating up to even larger divisions and finding achievement.
Gustafsson’s previous foe Daniel Cormier moved up to heavyweight and turned champion. Numerous other mild heavyweight contenders have tested the exact waters in new months.
For his part, Gustafsson can not say for certain if preventing at heavyweight is long term but he surely feels the big difference now that he’s not making ready for a slash down to 205 kilos.
“I felt it was the proper time for me to go up 1 excess weight class,” Gustafsson discussed. “Cause I’m rather weighty, pretty huge. I felt definitely excellent to stage up a single excess weight class and attempt out the heavyweight division.
“Then I got the combat with Werdum and this is some thing that suits me pretty effectively and I’m very excited about. I’m just more powerful. I’m more robust than I ordinarily was in light heavyweight.”
Experiencing off versus a former winner in his heavyweight debut is a daunting activity but which is exactly what Gustafsson wished when generating his return to the UFC.
He’s not building any wild predictions about the future as Gustafsson ideas to reassess his divisional options following clashing with a legit heavyweight this weekend.
“I’ll challenge myself and see how it goes,” Gustafsson reported. “I will get of class but let’s see how I really feel about it.
“He’s a legend of the activity. He’s a previous champion. It is a ideal way to occur back again. I’ll conquer Werdum on Saturday and then we’ll consider the following one.”
In the previous, Gustafsson’s total career surrounded the chase for UFC gold right after he engaged in one of the greatest fights in history all through a five-spherical battle with Jon Jones back in 2013. Regrettably he by no means achieved that goal even with two more tries in a rematch with Jones and a fight with Cormier in 2015.
As he prepares to battle at heavyweight in the UFC for the initially time, Gustafsson isn’t thinking about title photographs ideal now. He’s just content to be back and he’s not likely any place this time close to.
“I’m right here to earn my fights,” Gustafsson explained. “Just just take it from there. Exactly where I’m in a condition in which I can touch the belt, then we’ll go for the belt.
“Right now, it is just a single battle at a time. I’m preventing Werdum, I’ll beat Werdum on Saturday then we’ll acquire the upcoming 1. I’m here to stay.”