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Gegard Mousasi thinks win over Alexander Gustafsson could earn him title-shot

Alexander GustafssonLight heavyweight Gegard Mousasi is set to make his UFC debut on April 6 when he’ll face top contender Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of a stop in Stockholm. The match-up is certainly a jump up in competition for Mousasi whose biggest opponents since 2010 have been the likes of Ovince St. Preux, Keith Jardine, and most recently Mike Kyle.

However, the 33-3-2 Mousasi has proven himself to be one of the division’s most skilled competitors over his career and a crowd-pleaser at that with 29 finishes to his credit. Based on his credentials, “The Dreamcatcher” feels he’s not too far removed from a crack at a divisional championship even if he may still be new to the UFC.

“Gustafsson, he’s on a six fight winning streak. It’s hard to deny him a title shot. It’s definitely for number one contender’s spot, that’s the way I feel,” said Mousasi to MMAWeekly, admitting his showing against the Swede will have a lot to do with his status as well. “If I go there and I perform well it’s much easier to get the fans all behind me. It’s all about performance, and I believe once that’s happened and then we can go to the next step.”

Mousasi has only lost a single time since November 2006, suffering a five-round decision defeat to Mo Lawal a little more than two-and-a-half years ago. He is 5-0-1 in the six fights since. Comparably, Gustafsson holds an overall mark of 15-1 with past victories over the likes of Matt Hamill, Thiago Silva, and Mauricio Rua.

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5 COMMENTS
  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    I’m not convinced either of them could defeat JBJ. Gustafasson might have a better chance of the two, but I haven’t seen anything from either man convincing me they have what it takes.

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  • trupert says:

    We don’t have to worry just yet because JBJ fights Sonnen in April, then you’d have to figure Hendo (if he wins) in Aug/Sept so these guys above will not get a shot at JBJ until year end and that’s if JBJ doesn’t fight Spider then as well.
    Winner here will have to fight one more fight before JBJ, be it against Rashad (if he wins) or Glover or Jimmo/TeHuna winner or Rafael Calvacante or even Phil Davis etc.

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    A shame Mousasi doesn’t seem interested in going back to 185 pounds.

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  • trupert says:

    I agree Brendhan, I’m thinking the same with Mousasi as with Rashad in that we’ll see how they do in their next fight. If they lose or struggle but squeak by, then I’d imagine one if not both will go down to MW…..I hope. You can make the same argument for Cormier depending on how he does against Mir.

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  • Angry Mike says:

    It’s hard to evaluate Mousasi. He has an impressive record, but not against UFC fighters. Once upon a time you could argue that the competition in other organizations was as good or better than UFC, but not now. UFC fighters are way ahead in terms of diet and conditioning. To be competitive, Mousasi will really have to step up his training. His loss to Mo was due in part to Mo’s ability to push the pace and wear down Mousasi.

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