After announcing his retirement last June, UFC fighter Alexander Gustafsson is reportedly returning to the octagon.

According to Raphael Marinho of, Gustafsson has elected to fight as a heavyweight in his return to the UFC. The Swede previously was a member of the light heavyweight division.

Marinho is reporting that Gustafsson and the UFC are in advanced talks to have the fighter compete on July 25 as part of Fight Island. Brazil’s Fabricio Werdum is favorited to be Gustafsson’s opponent.

The deal for the fight is close to being completed, per Marinho, but, if it does not materialize, ‘plan b’ is for Gustafsson to fight Ovince St-Preux of Haiti.