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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.