Gustafsson (16-3) has been in limbo since losing his shot at light heavyweight champion Jon Jones to Anthony “Rumble” Johnson in January. Johnson once again used his inhuman punching power to stop Gustafsson dead in his tracks two-minutes-fifteen-seconds into the opening round of their headlining bout in the Swede’s home country.
He’ll try to get back into the hunt for a title shot against another former contender in Teixeira (22-4), who has been out of action since October of last year.
He had been scheduled to fight Rashad Evans on Feb. 22, but Teixeira suffered a knee injury in his unanimous-decision loss to Phil Davis at UFC 179 in Rio de Janeiro. The knee injury was slow to heal, forcing him to withdraw from the fight.
Gustafsson vs. Teixeira will headline the O2 World in Berlin slightly more than a year after the promotion made its first trip to the German capital.