Alexander Gustafsson is working his way up the UFC’s light heavyweight ladder, positioning himself as a future contender by amassing a 13-1 record.

During his UFC career, Gustafsson has defeated the likes of Matt Hamill, Vladimir Matyushenko and Jared Hamman, falling only to Phil Davis back in 2010.

This weekend, Gustafsson will face Thiago Silva in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 2 from his native country of Sweden. The card takes place inside the Ericcson Globe Arena in Stockholm. Gustafsson was a recent guest on “UFC Tonight,” where he shared his thoughts on the fight, his opponent and what’s different about his style since the loss to Davis.

“I’m super excited,” said Gustaffson, in regards to fighting in Sweden. “I’m super motivated. There’s no pressure at all. It’s a dream come true. I’m just doing what I love to do.”

Silva was a replacement for Gustafsson, as he was originally set to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueria before an injury sidelined him. In Silva, he’ll be facing a fighter returning from a year-long suspension due to a failed drug test.

“I’m prepared for the best Thiago – I hope it’s the best Thiago to fight on Saturday,” Gustafsson said. “He’s a really good grappler and he’s strong from the top. I have my game plan and tactics, and I’m going to do my thing.”

“The Mauler” says he is now a full-time fighter since the submission loss to Davis, adding, “I’m a whole new fighter. I’ve been learning a lot from my loss. Everything I do is MMA now. I live it, eat it and sleep it.”

This will be an interesting challenge for Gustafsson, as Silva has been on the sidelines for an extended period, but was once a victory away from competing for the UFC light heavyweight title.