Many in MMA have said that Alexander Gustafsson (15-1) is the greatest acquisition to come out of Europe in the last decade. Now, the light heavyweight hopes to come through on that allure by bringing gold back to his home country of Sweden.
“My main goal is to bring the belt home,” said Gustafsson to TATAME.” We have no belt. It would be amazing and probably the greatest achievement for the Swedish and European MMA. ”
After fighting out of Europe and going a perfect 8-0, Gustafsson debuted for the UFC. After dropping a submission loss to Phil Davis (10-1-1 NC) in his second outing, Gustafsson has earned six wins in a row. His most recent victory came at UFC on FOX against former UFC light heavyweight champion Maurício “Shogun” Rua (21-7). Gustafsson has stopped 11 of his fights.
With the win over Rua, Gustafsson was expected to face Jon Jones (17-1) for the light heavyweight championship. Since Jones meets Chael Sonnen in April, he won’t be able to fight again until around June at the earliest.
Gustafsson has decided he would rather fight again than sit on the sidelines waiting for the title shot.