UFC light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson has done more than enough to earn a go at divisional gold, stringing together six straight wins including success against the likes of Matt Hamill, Vladimir Matyushenko, Thiago Silva, and most recently Mauricio Rua. The 25-year old Swede’s victory over “Shogun” in co-headlining action last night at UFC on FOX 5 was perhaps his most impressive performance to date as Gustafsson dismantled nearly every attack the former champion offered while delivering a good deal of damage in return.
Though Gustafsson’s stock is exceptionally high at the moment, “The Mauler” revealed he’d personally prefer to risk his status as top contender by fighting again in immediate future rather than sit around and twiddle his thumbs for six or more months.
“I want to stay active. I want to fight. I will fight whenever,” explained Gustafsson at the post-event press conference. “I was away for a long time. I fought the last time in April, and that was too long for me. To wait till summer again, that would be too long. I want to fight earlier than that.”
“I want to fight for the belt, and if they give me one before that, it doesn’t matter. I’ll fight whoever,” he concluded.
Interestingly enough, on Fuel TV’s post-event coverage, UFC President Dana White hinted at the possibility of Gustafsson stepping in to face Lyoto Machida at a show in early 2013 based on the questionable health of Machida’s current opponent, Dan Henderson.