UFC light-heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson is one of the sports most promising prospects in the 205-pound division and he will have a chance to establish himself as a true contender at the upcoming UFC on FOX 5 event. UFC on FOX 5 will take place at the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington on December 8th.
Gustafsson will be putting his skill on display when he takes on mixed martial arts legend Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at the event.
If Gustafsson emerges from the octagon with his arm raised in victory, the 25-year-old from Stockholm, Sweden wants his next bout to be for the UFC’s light-heavyweight championship which currently belongs to Jon Jones.
“I want fight the champ after this fight, that’s what I want to do. My focus is on Shogun 100 percent, but when I win the fight, I will – I want to fight for the belt,” Gustaffson said.
While he would like to fight for the title, Gustafsson knows that he can not look past a fighter with Shogun’s history and talent.
“What I really need to be looking out for when it comes to Shogun is his heart. He is willing to take a beating to get what he wants, so it’s a fighter you have to – the more you punch him the better he gets, so it’s a tricky opponent,” Gustafsson added on FUEL TV. “Then he has really good knockout power, good kicks, he has a good double leg, take people down and leg locks, you know, that’s his thing. So it’s a tricky fighter and the best opponent so far. It will be a stand-up war. Shogun is a very aggressive fighter and he hits very hard, but he doesn’t have proper technique.
“I will be fast, I will be keep my technique, keep my game plan and I will stay on the outside, and I will, you know, take my time.”
If Gustafsson pulls off the win, he will advance to 15-1. His only loss came in April of 2010 courtesy of fellow UFC 205er Phil Davis. Gustafsson is currently riding a five-fight win streak and has finished four of those opponents before the conclusion of the second-round.
Gustafsson is a budding MMA star and a win on the national stage against Shogun could take his popularity to new heights.