Alexander Gustafsson Ready To Test Himself Against UFC Light Heavyweight Champion

Some fighters ignore the question when presented before them. Not Alexander Gustafsson.

This past weekend, following his victory over Thiago Silva, Gustafsson was asked about going after the UFC light heavyweight champion.

“I want to fight the top-five guys in the world in my division, but if (UFC) were to give me a title shot, I would be more than ready if that day comes,” Gustafsson said during the post-fight press conference for UFC on FUEL TV 2.

“The Mauler” has lost just once in his UFC and MMA career, falling to Phil Davis via submission. Since that defeat, Gustafsson has tallied five straight victories. Among his triumphs are TKO wins against Vladimir Matyushenko and Matt Hamill, along with two submission triumphs.

Currently, the UFC light heavyweight belt is held by Jon Jones, who has a title defense set for this Saturday night against Rashad Evans. Dan Henderson has also been promised a championship match, and “Hendo” is likely to go after the 205-pound belt.

That leaves Gustafsson back in the line, and likely needing another performance like his victory over Silva to get in the talk for a shot at the belt either in late 2012 or early 2013.

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  • Iknowmmaubitch

    I still think jones vs him will be a boring fight due to the fact tht they are scared to get hit so it’s going to be alot of movement and no swinging just jabs

  • http://profiles.google.com/highdollarstl Bill Schumer

    He’s not ready for Jones.  Maybe Machida?

    • Ed Lib

      Machida for being a tough challenge to Alex, or maybe a top wrestler, huh?! Since his only loss was for a very qualified wrestler… 

      Still, I think he can improve the power of his striking…and when I say “can”, it means he’s able, not that he needs that so much… 

  • Miranduh

    “Currently, the UFC light heavyweight belt is held by Jon Jones, who has a title defense set for this Saturday night against Rashad Evans.”

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure everybody knows that already.

  • Quardy

    He should fight the loser of Jones/Evans next.

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