Alexander Gustafsson Faces Gegard Mousasi In Main Event of UFC on Fuel in Sweden

January 19, 2013
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Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on Fox 5The invasion of Strikeforce fighters to the UFC has already begun and now a major light heavyweight fight has been scheduled as former champion Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on Fuel in Sweden.

UFC officials announced the new fight early on Saturday.

Gegard Mousasi comes to the UFC as one of the most highly touted prospects transitioning from Strikeforce. The former champion most recently dismantled Mike Kyle in Strikeforce’s final show, and now tries to prove he belongs among the best light heavyweights in the world when he fights in Sweden on April 6.

This will be a serious test for Mousasi as he looks to establish himself as a true force at 205lbs. While the former Strikeforce fighter does have several high profile wins when he was a middleweight, Mousasi has yet to face the same level of talent at light heavyweights so this will be a serious test as he moves to the UFC’s 205lb division.

Mousasi won’t be handed an easy fight for his first trip to the Octagon because waiting for him will be top light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson, fresh off a dominant victory over former champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

A native Swede, Gustafsson will go home in early April with two goals in mind – beat Gegard Mousasi and solidify his spot as the top dog in the division awaiting a shot at champion Jon Jones.

The two light heavyweights will face off in a five round battle headlining the UFC’s second trip to Sweden. Gustafsson also headlined the first card in Sweden in April 2012 when he defeated Thiago Silva by unanimous decision.

UFC on Fuel in Sweden will go down on Saturday, April 6 with tickets on sale on Saturday, Feb 9 with UFC Fight Club members having access to tickets as of Thursday, Feb 7.

  • Tyme_5

    Now that’s a fight.

  • John Bunch

    So if Gustafsson wins, he gets the next LHW shot, and if he loses, the winner of Hendo/Machida gets it? Wouldn’t mind hearing the plan on this…Hendo isn’t getting any younger and Gustaf has paid his dues. If Mousasi comes in and wins, that could complicate the title picture. Not that I’m complaining about this matchup…can’t wait to see it. Just seems like, from a business perspective, Mousasi might fight a gatekeeper or two first, to build up some “brand” recognition with casual UFC fans before he gets a shot.

    • Roy Munson

      Totally agree

    • Advance*

      Gustafsson should be the #1 contender without this fight. So even though I don’t think Mousasi deserves to step right in and fight the #1 contender, if he beats Gustafsson that’s enough to convince me he deserves the shot. Anyone else he’d have to fight after that would be a step down the ladder

    • http://twitter.com/julianmoranart julian moran

      It all depends on who wins and how they do it. Mousasi, Gustafsson, Machida, Henderson could all deserve a title shot depending on how their fights go.
      Wait and see.

    • Juniordosmike

      After Jones beat Sonnen UFC probably expect Cormier to challenge Jones. So all the fighters you mentioned probably only have a small chance of a titleshot this year.

  • richard duncan

    this should be a good fight,cant wait to see this.

  • Adam Bruss

    I used to really like Gegard because he seemed like a humble and silent killer who went about his business. Now he’s saying he’d only go to middleweight if he got a shot at Anderson. Please maul him Mauler.

    • Milosc

      He originally went to 205 because of weight cutting issues, back when he was still a young man. I would say the same thing, wouldn’t you?

  • http://www.facebook.com/isaac.valens Isaac Valencia

    Like both fighters, if Gegard can get inside of Gustaffson range and take him down (and hold him down) he could take it, other than that should be an awesome fight.

  • http://twitter.com/julianmoranart julian moran

    Great fight. However, Mousasi is better in every aspect and should win this fight easily.

    • Juniordosmike

      Hehe, thats funny

  • 3xhile

    Should BE a very good fight, I hope Gegard wins, go HOLLAND !!

  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    Winner should get a title shot. I would really like to see Glover Tex vs Gegard if he beats Rampage of course.

    • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

      Sorry. I forgot about Hendo and Machida. Glover Tex vs Hendo would be nice as well. There are just so many good match ups especially with top level SF fighters coming over.

  • Damo

    haaa they re killing me! this messes up the ladder so bad… have the mauler keep in shape with an other legend past his prime and save mousasi for a greater purpose.. like giving Silva a real challenge!
    Damn I still wanna see this fight bad but its a waste of contender in my opinion

  • Hightackle

    I have a problem with the comment that he hasnt faced stiff comp after going to 205.
    M.Hunt, K.Jardine, M.Lawal, R.Sobral, T.Sokadjou, J.O’brien and M.Kyle at 205 is pretty impressive.
    I would have liked to see him face Shogun.
    To be honest I cant see him losing this fight. Imo he is a far better striker than the Mauler. Maybe the Mauler will be too akward but I doubt it. Mousasi may have problems with strong wrestlers but I cant see him losing a striking battle with anyone.

  • datdudechrisISBACK!!!!!!

    great matchup ive been waiting for gegard to get in ufc for a while now i love it!!!!

  • Anthony Lopez

    As big of a fan of Gegard’s as I am, I think this is a bad matchup for him. I see Gustaf using his size and taking the decision.