Anyone who is familiar with the UFC already has heard the name of Alexander Gustafsson.
Alexander Gustafsson is a retired Swedish professional mixed martial artist. He is best known for fighting the light heavyweight division in the Ultimate fighting championship (UFC).
Alexander is known in the fighting world by the name of the Mauler or the Viking.
He has long retired from the UFC scene after his loss against Anthony Smith on 1st June of 2019.
During his career, he was named the International Fighter of the year in 2013.
Apart from his professional career, he is also a father to two children he had with his longtime girlfriend.
Here are some quick facts just in case you did not know about the unstoppable fighter Alexander Gustafsson.
|Full name||Alexander Lake Gustafsson|
|Date of birth||January 15th of 1987|
|Age||34 Years Old|
|Birthplace||Arboga of Sweden|
|Father’s name||Not Available|
|Mother’s name||Eleanora Gustafsson|
|Height||6 feet 4 inches|
|Children||One daughter and one son|
|Net Worth||$1 million|
|Siblings||Four younger sister|
|Profession||Martial arts UFC fighter|
|Current division||Heavyweight Championship|
|Social Media||Twitter, Instagram|
|Debut year||2006 AD|
|Merch||Poster, Gustafsson vs. Jones, Alexander vs. Daniel|
Alexander Gustafsson: Early Life
Alexander was born on January 15, 1987. The fighter was born in a small town called Arboga in Sweden.
Arboga is a two-hour drive from Stockholm, where he was raised and brought up.
Alexander’s father’s name is unknown as his mother separated from his father when he was very small.
His stepfather and his mother raised him. His birth father has an alcohol addiction which led him to be far from the family.
Despite living in a different town, Alexander and his biological father remained close.
His mother’s name is Eleonora Gustafsson. She worked really hard to raise her five children.
Alexander has four siblings. All of them are sisters who are younger than him.
Being the only son in the family, he felt like he needed to take on the protective role.
Ever since Alexander was a young child, he was never into studying, and as a result, he suffered in the academics part.
But he was good in the athletic part and played football, welding, and hockey in his high school days. But nothing stuck on to him as much as boxing did.
Alexander had a troubled youth and mostly resorted to fighting. He was first convicted at the age of 15 and then at the age of 18, and he was sentenced to prison for aggravated assault.
He assaulted a brother and sister after a night out of drinking.
When he was released in 2006, he felt the need to turn his life around. That is when he started training for the MMA.
He was working as a construction worker and bouncer for clubs on the side. But after his fight with Phil Davis, he took MMA more seriously.
Alexander Gustafsson: Physical Appearance
When it comes to looks, Alexander looks like a Vikings. He has a very distinct beard and a fair complexion.
His height is six feet four inches, and he weighs around 240 lbs. He has blonde hair and black eyes.
Alexander Gustafsson: Personal Life
Alexander Gustafsson is a Swedish citizen. He follows Christianity. In fact, he had a really close relationship with his pastor Wiggo Carlsson before he passed away in 2012.
Being born in January, Alexander is a Capricorn. And like most Capricorns, Alexander is very determined, introverted, and very protective of his near and dear ones.
Alexander has many close friends. Among them, one is a two-division-winning champion, Badou Jack.
They are from Swedish backgrounds and have a common interest in boxing and met at the amateur boxing scene in Stockholm in 2007.
They have been long-time friends and occasional practice and sparring partners.
Alexander is known by the name of Mauler, which was given to him by his boxing friends.
Mauler refers to someone with killer instincts and his reckless way of ending fights.
He is also famous for having the Cauliflower Ear. Cauliflower ear is caused due to blunt trauma or other injuries.
Generally, fighters have the cauliflower ear due to all the fightings.
Alexander has been in a relationship for almost six years now. His girlfriend is named Moa. Other than that, Alexander hasn’t revealed any information about her.
They have been dating since 2015. The wrestler proposed in his won style, inside a boxing ring in Stockholm, after defeating Glover Teixeira.
Moa did not hesitate to say yes, and since then, the couple has been living together.
They also have been blessed with two children. They welcomed their first child in the May of 2017 and named her Eva.
Shortly after that, Moa was pregnant again with her second child. This time it was a boy who they welcomed in the September of 2018. They named him Eston.
Alexander Gustafsson: Career
Alexander started his debut career in 2006 when he started training for the MMA. He had won the National Youth Tournament back in 2003 at the age of 16.
From 2008 to 2009, he had won a few of the Amateur boxing competitions in Sweden, which made him set to fight in the nation of Sweden.
But before he could compete in the nationals of the following year in 2010, he quit MMA to join UFC.
In his last fight before joining UFC, he was put against European veteran Vladimir Shemarov.
The match was on 30th September of 2009, and Gustafsson won the match via knockout in the first round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Alexander made his UFC debut on November 14th of 2009, in the UFC 105.
He fought against Jared Hamman, who he knocked out in the first round using a straight hand punch within the game’s first minute.
But in his next fight against Phil Davis on April 10th of 2010, he lost against Anaconda Choke.
After that, he had traveled to train in the Alliance MMA camp, where he worked on his strength and speed. Then when he returned, he faced Cyrill Diabate in the UFC 120.
He won the match via a rear choke forcing Diabate into submission. Alexander credited the training at the Alliance MMA for his victory.
He went on to win his second consecutive win at the UFC 127.
It was when he defeated James Te-Huna on February 19th of 2011 via a rear-naked choke that led to submission.
Then he went on to face Matt Hamill in the UFC 141. On August 6th of 2010, where he defeated Hamill with straight punches followed by two uppercuts in the second round.
After that came the most anticipated match against Matyushenko, which took place on 30th December of 2011.
Alexander defeated Matyushenko with punches. This set the record straight that Alexander was a force not to be reckoned with.
Next, Alexander dominated the boxing ring against Thiago Silva.
After this, UFC president Dana White commented that Gustafsson would face someone on the top of the rankings next, seeing his continuous great performances.
He was about to face Strike Force Light Heavyweight Champion Gegard Mousasi on the 6th of April of 2013.
But unfortunately, he got injured in the sparring session and was unable to fight.
When Alexander recovered, he has a title shot for the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He was about to face then titleholder Jon Jones on 21st September of 2013.
This match was unlike any for Gustafsson because Jones truly proved to be worthy of his title.
Jones completely dominated Gustafsson in the ring, and by the end of the match, Gustafsson was sent to the hospital due to his injuries.
Jones regarded that Alexander had given him one of the hardest fights of his life and really put up a fight.
They both were rewarded with the Fight Of The Night title. After seeing the match, many critics applauded Gustafsson, and the same year, he was awarded the International Fighter of the year award.
Even after the match was over, this had caused a stir in the boxing world, and President Dana White immediately announced that a rematch was to take place.
But the rematch never took place because of Alexander’s injuries. He was replaced by Daniel Cormier, who went on to win the title.
Then he challenged Daniel Cormier for a match which he lost on October 3rd of 2015.
But the performance was extraordinary, and they were called the Fight of the Night once again.
After losing a fight against Anthony Smith on June 1st of 2019 via submission on a rear-naked choke, Alexander decided it was time to put his boxing gloves away.
But recently, in 2020, Dana White said that Alexander showed interest in returning to the spotlight.
He will be joining the UFC heavyweight division once the Covid restrictions are lifted.
Alexander Gustafsson: Net Worth
From spending over a decade in the boxing scene, Alexander has amassed some good fortune for himself.
He primarily earned from all the matches he fought, but he also earned through his brand endorsements.
his estimated net worth is one million us dollars.
His salary is not clear, but he is also the part-owner of the Swedish Mixed Martial Art promotions AK fighting championship.
From his net worth, we can safely assume that he lives a quality life with his family in Sweden.
Alexander Gustafsson: Social Media
On social media platforms, Gustafsson is very active.
Does Alexander Gustafsson do drugs?
No, Alexander has remained a clean athlete since the beginning of his career.
Is Alexander Gustafsson married?
While he is engaged to Moa, his longtime girlfriend, they have yet to tie the knots.