By Adam Martin
A light heavyweight bout with title implications is set to go down in just a few short months.
According to UFC.com, Swedish 205-pounder Alexander Gustafsson will take on fellow contender Gegard Mousasi in the main event of UFC Sweden, which is set to take place April 6 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.
Although not yet set in stone, it’s likely the winner of this bout will determine the No. 1 contender in the UFC light heavyweight division.
Gustafsson (15-1) is on the longest win streak of any light heavyweight besides champion Jon Jones at the moment and is coming off by far the biggest win of his career, a three-round unanimous decision victory over former champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua back at UFC on FOX 5. The 26-year-old Gustafsson headlined the UFC’s first event in Sweden last April when he defeated Thiago Silva via unanimous decision at UFC on FUEL TV 2. With those two huge wins in his back pocket, and considering some fans are clamouring for a matchup with him and Jones, it makes sense for Gustafsson to take this fight against Mousasi and really prove that he’s the top contender to Jones.
Mousasi (33-3-2) is a Strikeforce import and is coming off a TKO win over former UFC fighter Mike Kyle at the Strikeforce finale. A former Strikeforce champion, Mousasi’s only loss in the last seven years came to Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal at a Strikeforce event in 2010. In his career, Mousasi has fought in PRIDE, DREAM, Rings, DEEP, M-1, and BodogFight, among other promotions and holds career victories over Hector Lombard, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, and Mark Hunt. He’s long been one of the most underrated fighters in the sport and if he’s able to topple Gustafsson in front of his home crowd, it’s possible he cuts the line and fights Jones himself.
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