Paris-Saint Germain and Sweden striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has posted a Facebook message in support of Alexander Gustafsson after he lost on Saturday night.
Gustafsson fought Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson in the main event of the UFC on FOX: Sweden card but was finished in the first round.
With it he gave up the number on contender's slot for the UFC Light Heavyweight title but Ibrahimovic asked fans to get behind him and support his 'dream'.
Sweden united for Gustafsson
"Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. That’s part of the excitement, the sport, and life," said Ibrahimovic on his Facebook page.
"Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. That’s part of the excitement, the sport, and life"
"Don’t forget that there is a big difference between losing and being a loser. A true champion gets straight back up after a loss, which you will and become even better.
"Sweden proudly stand behind you. Keep chasing your dream. #ufc #alexandergustafsson"
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The post currently has over 70,000 likes and has united fans behind Gustafsson who will look to bounce back in his next fight and begin his pursuit of Jones and the title from scratch.
Gustafsson taking a break before fighting again
Gustafsson has put up a post on his Facebook page, thanking fans as well as outlining his plans after the fight and making no excuses as to why he lost.
"A loss is not the end of the world, there are so many other problems in the world that needs more attention and discussions than my loss.
"I lost to a better opponent on that giving day, that's it, no excuses what so ever.
Rumble Johnson is not only a fantastic fighter, but a great sportman and athlete that I respect a lot for his personality and for the person he is.
"So what's next? A short vacation and then back to training and becoming a better fighter. My goal is still the same, it was just a small bump on the road."
With Gustafsson set to take a break, there are a few fights he could take when he's ready to come back - including the likes of Daniel Cormier in a potential number one contender's clash.
Or, he could face off against Phil Davis and try and avenge the loss he suffered at the hands of 'Mr Wonderful' back in 2010, when Davis became the first man to beat him.
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