UFC light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson is arguably the division’s hottest fighter right now outside of champion Jon Jones, winning six straight including successful showings against talented adversaries such as Matt Hamill, James Te Huna, Thiago Silva, and Mauricio Rua. However, rather than receive a title-shot, Gustafsson landed another tough tilt with former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi serving as his opponent at UFC on Fuel 9.
Were that not enough, Lyoto Machida has also been promised a crack at the championship based on a recent win over former contender Dan Henderson, leaving Gustafsson in a position where he could once again get passed over despite an exciting style and the substance to back it up. As such, the 26-year old plans on letting the world know he wants his go at gold if/when he beats Mousasi on April 6 in Stockholm.
“I’m going to grab the mic from whoever has it after the fight and I’m going to challenge the champ after this fight,” promised Gustafsson this week on The MMA Hour. “No more Mr. Nice Guy. No more running. It’s time.”
The 15-1 Gustafsson also expressed intent to get back to putting foes away rather than outpointing them regardless of how one-sided his decision wins have been.
“I’m not a decision guy. I want to finish guys. That’s what I did before, and that’s what I want to get back to,” said Gustafsson, also predicting a “stand-up war”.
“It’s going to be a finish for sure,” he added confidently.
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