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✔ Gustafsson praises Khamzat: "One of the toughest" ✔ "The UFC belt is my destiny!"

Swedish UFC star Alexander Gustafsson is preparing for a long-awaited comeback to the Octagon. “The Mauler” is currently in the United States with his coaches and teammate Khamzat “Borz” Chimaev. On social media, they both share their journey back to the octagon after a series of setbacks. Gustafsson is in a pressured situation with three straight losses and almost a year away from the octagon.

However, Gustafsson seems to have found both the motivation and self-confidence during his time away from the fighting. Earlier this year, he shared his long-awaited comeback plans with fans around the world.

I have spent hours and hours in preparation. This summer I will dig deep inside myself. I’m coming back stronger than ever. Stay in touch.
I will offer you the possibility to follow me all the way. ??? – Mauler wrote on Instagram

Now he’s sharing his preparations for returning to the UFC’s heavyweight division. On social media, you can see how “The Mauler” spends time at the UFC’s Performance Institute in Las Vegas. There he trains with the acclaim rising UFC star Khamzat Chimaev.

Khamzat Chimaev “Borz” is one of toughest training partner I’ve ever spar with and he’s 2-3 weight divisions under me.. that’s says a lot!!! – Mauler wrote on Instagram



When will Alexander Gustafsson and Khamzat make a UFC return?

It is most likely only a matter of time before we hear that Alexander Gustafsson and Khamzat Chimaev get fights booked. As they are in the US and training are clear indications that things are going well and leaning for upcoming bouts.

Chimaev broke through in the UFC with two record-breaking wins in July 2020. He followed up that impressive UFC debut by then knocking out Gerald Meerschaert in 17 seconds in September last year.

“Borz” was then booked for a main bout against Leon Edwards, but then the problems began to pile up. The fight was postponed several times after they both tested positive for Covid-19, but Chimaev case was much more serious than first expected.

Many months have passed since then, but the road to recovery has been long and involved, among other things, a surgery. During this time, Chimaev has also spent a lot of time in Chechnya, where he has formed a close relationship with the country’s controversial leaders.

Despite star status and setbacks, however, the dream is still the same.

– I work hard every day for my goals, the UFC belt is my destiny!  – wrote Chimaev on Instagram.


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