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Alexander Gustafsson aiming to knock out Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

When UFC light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson makes his headlining debut in April against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC on Fuel 2 he’ll have the added pressure of doing so in front of a packed hometown house in Sweden. A daunting challenge to some, the upcoming test is one the 25-year old embraces and plans to pass with flying colors.

While Gustafsson certainly respects Nogueira based on his past accomplishments, he also knows the Brazilian veteran has flaws he can exploit. In a recent conversation with TATAME “The Mauler” offered some slight elaboration on his mindset, making it clear his goal is to wow his fellow Swedes with a strike-based stoppage.

“I hope he goes for it otherwise I’ll knock him out,” Gustafsson laughed when asked about Nogueira’s statements regarding a knockout of his own. “I’m ready to box! I have a gameplan for him.”

“He is very tough guy. He’s a legend in the sport,” Gustafsson continued on the topic of “Minotoro”, though was not impressed by his outing against Tito Ortiz in December, saying, “It wasn’t a good fight, Tito gave him the fight.”

UFC on Fuel 2 takes place on April 21 in Stockholm. Other bouts include Diego Nunes vs. Dennis Siver and Brian Stann vs. Alessio Sakara.


  • hindsightufuk says:

    Nogueira is the underdog according to the bookies, so i have a few pennys on him.
    also Joe Warren, Meisha tate and Martin Kampmann all have favorable odds if anyone wants to dabble. sounds like a good accumulator to me

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    What! Nog is the underdog? I cant see anyway Gustafson wins this. A lucky puch is his only chance. For me Nog is better everywhere.

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  • JabCrossHook says:

    Nog is slower with less technical stand up. He also doesn’t possess the wrestling to take the mauler down to the ground. He’s been KOed before and the mauler has very good quick accurate strikes with a good amount of power behind them.

    The only way Nog wins this is by submission.

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  • Actually this could go either way in any case. Nog has great boxing but the Mauler has great kickboxing. Nog has great jits but even Phil Davis had a bit of an issue getting Alex to the ground….this could be a great fight between an old fading Lion and a great new up and comer…btw if Alex really believes Tito just gave up the fight then he’s never been punched like that in his ribs.

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  • JabCrossHook says:

    I thought Tito was kneed in the ribs/ plexus? Lil Nog even mentioned after the fight he purposely aimed at that area because Rashad Evans did the same thing to Tito.

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