For the second time in his career, 26-year old Alexander Gustafsson will headline a UFC event in Sweden, serving as one half of the main event match-up when the UFC returns to Stockholm on April 6 for UFC on Fuel 9. Better yet, the surging Swede already has an opponent for the outing too, facing Gegard Mousasi in what will mark the former Strikeforce champion’s UFC debut.
UFC officials have confirmed the bout, aiming to repeat the same success as an April 2012 stop in the European nation where tickets sold out in a matter of hours.
Gustafsson, who defeated Thiago Silva at last year’s lineup, has emerged with his hand raised in six straight scraps. He was most recently seen outpointing Mauricio Rua in December, improving his overall record to 15-1 with the victory and solidifying his status as one of the light heavyweight division’s top contenders.
The 33-3-2 Mousasi is on a nice streak of his own, scoring success in 20 of his last 22 tilts including wins over Renato Sobral, Ronaldo Souza, Mark Hunt, and Hector Lombard. 29 of his total triumphs have involved some form of finish.
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