Shogun Rua vs. Alexander Gustafsson Winner Gets Next UFC Light Heavyweight Title Shot

December 6, 2012
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Shogun vs Gustafsson UFC on Fox 5 presserSEATTLE – The winner of the UFC on Fox 5 co-main event between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Alexander Gustafsson will be the next challenger to the UFC light heavyweight championship belt currently strapped firmly around Jon Jones’ waist.

“Unless there’s some crazy (expletive) that happens, which always does,” said UFC president Dana White at Thursday’s UFC on Fox 5 pre-fight press conference.

Barring injuries, draws, and the like, White made it clear that he intends for Shogun or Gustafsson to be the one to step in the Octagon with the winner of the April 2013 bout between The Ultimate Fighter 17 coaches Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen.

“Look at the fights Shogun has had in his past two or three fights. He is the gatekeeper right now to that title,” White declared.

“If Alexander can beat Shogun, he’d get the shot. Shogun wins, he gets it.”

No ifs, ands, or buts.

Shogun has alternated wins and losses in his past six fights, but his opponents read like a laundry list of the best light heavyweights in the world: Jon Jones, Lyoto Machida, Dan Henderson, Forrest Griffin, Brandon Vera.

Gustafsson hasn’t fight quite the pedigree of champions that Shogun has, but he has won five straight, including Thiago Silva, Vladimir Matyushenko, and Matt Hamill in the last three.

It would be difficult to deny the winner of their fight deserves a shot at the belt, and White won’t deny the winner.

Shogun vs. Gustafsson is your UFC light heavyweight No. 1 contender’s bout.

“The winner of this fight will get the next shot.”

Stay tuned to for all the latest UFC on Fox 5 news and fight coverage.


  • el che

    as much of a fan i am of Shogun’s, answer me this, what happens if Hendo beats Machida at 157? is he just out of the picture then – at least until winner of Gus/Shogun v. Jones happens?

    • Jason Spangler

      I think that’s the ‘crazy sh..’ that Dana was referring to. I too am a big Shogun fan, and I don’t see him doing any better his second go-round with Jones. The Machida/Hendo winner makes most sense. Of course, I guess there’s plenty of time for everyone to get a shot of losing to Bones…

      • Anthony Lopez

        I agree. Even though I believe Hendo is the best chance out there, if he wins he’ll get the shot regardless. Gustafson would also be an interesting matchup with Jones

  • Tommy Blingshyne

    i agree that gustaffson would be line for a title shot should he beat shogun impressively but hendo already earned his title shot…beating machida would be above and beyond and easily out ranks any of gustaffsons collective wins…bones v. sonnen is retarded and tying up the belt…say gustaffson wins and hes next…when does that fight even happen? the summer? what if hendo wins? does he wait it out? what the hell is going on?

  • DannYV

    Dana White is a piece of ****. If he doesn’t like a fighter (Hendo) than your pretty much ****** in the UFC.

  • Karl

    this doesn’t make sense really. Who has Gus beaten? THiago? Please… If Shogun wins impressevly he may deserve it but he would still lose against Jones…

    Machida vs Hendo should be the No1 contender match. Very stupid Dana,very stupid

  • BobLemons

    If Gustafsson can beat Shogun I’d love to see him fight Jones, but it still ******* sucks for Hendo if he beats Machida. Sonnen/Jones isn’t scheduled until the end of April, so Gustafsson or Shogun wouldn’t be until August providing the champ is injury free. So if Hendo can keep winning he wouldn’t get a shot until the end of 2013/early 2014 at the soonest.


    you guys are funny…Shogun has only fought the best of the best, hes fight with Hendo was a DRAW, the last round was 10-8. If Shogun comes healthy and in TOP Shape then he can KO anyone at 205. Gus has not fought anyone, has not been challenged, has not been in a brawl! This is a clear win for Shogun, Shogun will do better vs Jones next time. Brazilians are the toughest, no one can compete with them