Light 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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