Alexander Gustafsson wants nothing more than to become the best light heavyweight in the world.

This coming December, Gustafsson can take a giant step in that direction when he meets former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the co-main event of UFC on Fox 5.

Following his fifth consecutive victory earlier this year, Gustafsson (14-1) has remained on the sidelines, watching the 205-pound division unfold. Now, he knows exactly who he must prepare for in Ru.

“‘Shogun’ is a very tricky fighter. He has a good double-leg, really good striking; I have to be prepared for everything,” said Gustafsson, in a recent interview with “When it’s time, I will be more than ready to fight him. It’s gonna be a tough fight, for sure.”

Gustafsson earned a decision victory over Thiago Silva this past April in his native country of Sweden. That win seems to have given him plenty of confidence, as “The Mauler” said he will, “knock (Rua) out in the second round.”

Since beginning his MMA career, Gustafsson has finished nine of his opponents via KO or TKO, including Vladimir Matyushenko and Matt Hamill in 2011. His lone loss came via submission to Phil Davis in 2010.

Rua earned a victory over Brandon Vera earlier this month. He is trying to work his way back into a fight for the UFC light heavyweight title, as well.

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