At just 26 year old, Alexander Gustafsson already has 16 professional fights on his resume, including wins over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Matt Hamill and Thiago Silva.
However, if he is to improve to 16-1, he will become the new UFC light heavyweight champion and defeat the man atop the pound-for-pound rankings in Jon Jones.
The two will square off in September at UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson from Toronto.
“It is all about working hard,” said Gustafsson, during Tuesday’s UFC World Tour stop in Los Angeles. “It will come down to who is working the hardest.”
“The Mauler” hasn’t fought since late in 2012, as a planned meeting with Gegard Mousasi earlier this year was called off due to a cut suffered in training.
“Everything is going to go well,” he stated. “I am doing my homework and I will be ready.”
Jones, meanwhile, will set the UFC 205-pound record for title defenses if he is able to withstand the challenge of a man he referred to as a “young lion.”
“Alexander is a great fighter and I am excited for the challenge,” Jones said. “He is young and has ambition to win; Alexander wants (what I have) and I need to train my butt off.”