Alexander Gustafsson Expands on Retirement Announcement, “I Don’t Want to be a Journeyman”
By FCF Staff
Immediately after being submitted by Anthony Smith at UFC Stockholm, Alexander Gustafsson announced he’s retiring, and the Swedish star expanded on that decision during the post-fight presser.
Gustafsson, who was coming off a stoppage loss to Jon Jones in December, tapped out to a fourth round, rear-naked-choke from Smith. After announcing the “show is over” in the Octagon, Gustafsson reported the following while talking to the media (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“So it’s been a great journey,” the longtime, light-heavyweight contender said. “But now I lost to Anthony, too, so it feels like I don’t have it in me anymore. It feels like a confirmation to me.”
“I don’t do this for the money. I do this because I want to beat the best, and be the best. If I can’t do that, it is what it is. I don’t want to be a journeyman. I don’t want to do this because I get paid. I want to do this because I love it, and I want to be at the top.”
The 32-year-old Gustafsson retires from MMA having gone 18-6 during his pro-career.