With Gegard Mousasi (33-3-2) and Alexander Gustafsson (15-1) being planned for April, the status of the Sweden’s No. 1 contender spot as been brought up. For Mousasi, the winner of their meeting becomes the next in line to challenge for the light heavyweight championship.
“Gustafsson, he’s on a six fight winning streak, it’s hard to deny him a title shot,” said Mousasi to MMA Weekly. “It’s definitely for number one contender’s spot, that’s the way I feel.”
The UFC has not mentioned if Gustafsson’s future title shot would be up for grabs.
Mousasi last saw action with a first round submission over Mike Kyle on the final Strikeforce show earlier in the month. That win was the fifth in a row for the DREAM light heavyweight champion. Gustafsson took the unanimous decision win over former champion Maurício “Shogun” Rua at UFC on FOX to earn his shot at the gold.
Since current champion Jon Jones is scheduled to meet Chael Sonnen at UFC 159, the belt won’t be defended until June at the earliest. Gustafsson opted to take another fight, rather than to sit out and wait.
“I want a fight so I can get a title shot,” said Mousasi. “I don’t want to build anything up, or get build up fights or whatever. We’re going for the top and I’m happy that they are giving me the opportunity.”
Mousasi vs. Gustafsson is rumored for UFC on FUEL T V 9 from the Ericsson Globe Arena. That show takes place April 6 out of Sweden.