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Alexander Gustafsson Announces Retirement from MMA, Jon Jones Responds

June 1, 2019 | Posted by Ashish
Alexander Gustafsson

Alexander Gustafsson retired from MMA following his loss to Anthony Smith at UFC on ESPN+ 11, telling fans the “show is over” before leaving his gloves in the Octagon. Gustafsson explained his decision to retire on the UFC Fight Night Post-Show (h/t MMA Weekly).

“Yeah I am. I’m done,” he said. “It feels like I don’t have it in me anymore to be honest. I did a mistake that I shouldn’t do and I just have a feeling it’s the time now.

“I don’t want to be a journeyman. I don’t want to do this just because I’m getting paid. I just want to do this because I love it and I want to be at the top.”

He also talked about how disappointed he is to lose, and how he felt prepared and ready for the fight.

“I’m disappointed with the outcome of the fight,” he said. “I was ready for this. I’ve been training hard and I was just ready. I was in my zone and it felt good. I don’t do this for the money or anything. I do this because I want to be the best and beat the best so if I can’t do that, it is what it is.”

He said UFC has given him everything.

“I had a great journey. I have everything in my life because of this sport, because of the UFC and I’m thankful and it’s been a great journey.”

Jon Jones tweeted about Gustafsson’s retirement, expressing doubt about whether he will remain retired, but wishing him the best anyway.