Alexander Gustafsson will face a former UFC champion next month, as the Swede is set to tangle with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC on Fox 5. The bout will be the co-main event from Seattle.
For Gustafsson, he sees the Rua contest as a great opportunity to prove his standing in the UFC’s light heavyweight division. The winner of five consecutive fights recently appeared on Inside MMA to discuss what a victory over Rua would mean to his career.
“I want to fight the champion. That’s my main goal: to bring the belt back to Sweden. That’s what I want to do, but I never look past any opponent. When I beat ‘Shogun,’ I will be more than prepared to fight for a title. That’s what I want to do.”
Gustafsson improved to 14-1 earlier this year when he earned a decision victory over Thiago Silva. He last – and only loss – came to Phil Davis in 2010.
Despite the statement concerning a title shot, Gustafsson made sure to let everyone know he is not looking past Rua, who is coming off a victory over Brandon Vera.
“Like everyone always says, I’m trying to take it one fight at a time. I’m trying to be focused on ‘Shogun’ right now. Everything has gone well,” Gustafsson said. “I’m happy. There was a lot of pressure, fighting on my home ground, but it was a good experience.”