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Alexander Gustafsson Will Remain Ahead Of The Pack With Win Over Gegard Mousasi

Despite Lyoto Machida’s claim that the winner of his bout with Dan Henderson should be the No. 1 contender in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, that distinction remains with Alexander Gustafsson – provided he defeat Gegard Mousasi.

Gustafsson and Mousasi will square off in April at UFC on FUEL TV 9, while Machida and Henderson meet next Saturday at UFC 157.

During a recent conference call, Machida insisted that his bout was worthy of providing the next challenger to UFC 205-pound champion Jon Jones. UFC president Dana White, though, differs from that stance.

“If Mousasi beats Gustafsson, he skyrockets right to the top of that division,” White said. “And as far as Gustafsson goes, if he beats Mousasi, he’s in line for a title shot.”

Gustafsson (15-1) cemented his status with a win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in late 2012. He is 7-1 in the UFC, with his lone loss coming to Phil Davis.

Mousasi (33-3-2) will be making his Octagon debut vs. the Swede after competing around the world. He is a former Strikeforce champion and DREAM champion, amassing a 20-1-1 record over the past seven years.

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