While Mousasi’s recent interest has been in middleweight, “The Dreamcatcher” isn’t one to back down from a bout and he’s been fighting at 205 pounds for the last few years. Additionally, he and Gustafsson were scheduled to meet last April before a cut caused the latter to withdrawal at the last minute, so Mousasi may even be more comfortable with the clash than he would have if it involved an opponent he hadn’t scouted yet. Furthermore, Mousasi is also slated for a return in late 2013 from a knee injury, so Gustafsson would have plenty of time to lick his wounds from UFC 165. With so many positives in place, pitting the two well-rounded competitors against each other is logical and has potential to produce a entertaining effort to boot.
UFC light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson accomplished a rare feat on Saturday night by boosting his stock despite suffering a loss. As is still etched in the minds of many, Gustafsson went toe-to-toe with champion Jon Jones at UFC 165 and nearly pulled off the upset before ultimately falling by way of decision. The closely-contested clash opened the eyes of a lot of fans regarding Gustafsson’s ability and made it clear he has the potential to be a force at 205 pounds for the next decade. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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