Alexander Gustafsson (14-1) knows his biggest challenge to date awaits him in Maurício ‘Shogun’ Rua (21-6).
“I’m always saying that my current fight is my biggest, but this is truly it,” said Gustafsson on Studio MMA. “It’s Shogun we’re talking about. He’s a legend and warrior in this sport. He’s been through hell in the cage. It’s a challenge for me, but I’m looking forward to it and I’m more than ready.”
Rua is coming off a victory over Brandon Vera (12-6-1 NC) in August of this year. Gustafsson is on a five fight win streak in the UFC.
“Shogun’s an opponent and professional athlete,” said Gustafsson. “I am hungry too and want to be where he is. It’s a fight I’ve been waiting for. He’s a legend, but when we’re in the cage, he’s just an opponent.”
Gustafsson vs. Rua takes place at UFC on FOX 5 on December 8.