UFC light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson was in Las Vegas last weekend as part of the festivities attached to UFC 162 and had an opportunity to see Anderson Silva lose to Chris Weidman in the event’s headliner. The victory had special significance for Gustafsson as he too is out to topple a talented champion, Jon Jones, when the two square off in September at UFC 165.
Like Silva, Jones has been labeled as essentially invincible after a string of successful showings against some of the best competitors his division has to offer. Now, with “The Spider” going down, Gustafsson’s confidence has been given an additional boost.
“We’re all human beings. Everyone is beatable, and I’m here to prove everyone wrong, and that’s how it’s going to be,” said Gustafsson in an interview with MMAJunkie.
Gustafsson also addressed the smidge of smack-talk between the two prior to the bout’s announcement, dismissing the exchanges as little more than pre-fight hype.
“I have nothing personal against Jones. He’s a professional athlete; I’m a professional athlete. This pays our rent and it’s our job, so it’s not personal at all,” he confirmed.
“The Mauler” is 15-1 including wins in his last six showings. Twelve of his victories have featured some form of finish. In Jones he will face an 18-1 champion out to set a UFC record with a sixth straight successful defense of his light heavyweight belt.