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Alexander Gustafsson (born 15 January 1987) is a Swedish professional mixed martial artist and competes in the heavyweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
In 2015, Gustafsson began a relationship with his present girlfriend, Moa. The couple has a daughter, Ava, born in May 2017. Later in May 2017 the couple became engaged inside the octagon right after Gustafsson defeated Glover Teixeira in his hometown of Stockholm, Sweden. In September 2018 the couple had their second child, a son.He grew up nearby Arboga, a small town about 1 1⁄2 hours drive west of Stockholm, together with his mother, step-father and four younger sisters. In interviews his mother has said that she named him after Alexander the Great. He had a close relationship to his biological father, who lived in another city and was struggling with alcohol abuse. His biological father died a few weeks prior to Gustafsson's fight in London against Jimi Manuwa on 8 March 2014. In interviews after the fight he said he wanted to dedicate the victory to him.His nickname, "The Mauler", was given to him early in his career by his training partners, referring to his powerful striking, killer instinct and the reckless ways he finishes his fights.When asked about his idols in combats sports, Gustafsson always names MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko as his biggest inspiration coming in to the sport.Gustafsson is a Christian, and he had a close personal relationship to his pastor Wiggo Carlsson until his death in 2012.He is a long time friend, and former occasional training and sparring partner, of two-division boxing world champion Badou Jack. With both being Swedish and Gustafsson coming from a boxing background, their paths crossed on the amateur boxing scene in Stockholm in 2007–2008. He has often, both before and after his title fight at UFC 165, been compared to Swedish Heavyweight boxer Ingemar Johansson who won the world title in 1959. Focusing both on similarities and differences in their respective fighting styles.Gustafsson had a troubled youth which led to him ending up in fights often as a teenager, he was convicted for it for the first time when he was 15. As an 18-year-old in 2005 he was sentenced to prison for aggravated assault, having unprovokedly assaulted a brother and a sister together with two accomplices after a night of drinking. He was released in 2006, turned his life around, got back to training, found MMA and moved to another city to leave the trouble behind him. He has said that it was getting involved in MMA that finally changed his life for the better.Before embarking on his fight career, Gustafsson had various other jobs. He was a construction worker and also worked security as a bouncer in night clubs. He also had a license to work as a divemaster for scuba diving. It was after his fight with Phil Davis he quit his regular job to fully commit to MMA.Gustafsson played a role in Swedish mainstream movie Johan Falk - Blood Diamonds which premiered in 2015.As of 2019, Gustafsson is a part owner at the Swedish mixed martial arts promotion AK Fighting Championship.
Movies & TV Series
Johan Falk 15: Blodsdiamanter
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UFC on Fox 14: Gustafsson vs. Johnson
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