Gegard Mousasi Feels Fight with Alexander Gustafsson is for #1 Contender’s Spot

Recently signed light heavyweight Gegard Mousasi has been running through opponents for years in Japan and Strikeforce, beating some of MMA’s best along the way including Hector Lombard, Renato Sobral, and Ronaldo Souza. The 33-3-2 Mousasi expects to find the same success inside the Octagon when he debuts and, with an upcoming bout against Alexander Gustafsson, certainly has a chance to show he’s the #2 light heavyweight in the world.

Gustafsson is currently considered to be a top contender and is coming off a number of consecutive wins over top opponents. As Mousasi pointed out to MMAWeekly, the Swede’s status is actually one of the reasons he was so interested in seeing action against “The Mauler” at some point as he will in April.

“It was him, Lyoto Machida or ‘Shogun’ Rua, and I mentioned them because I felt those were the names that fans would want to see, and they’re top contenders and obviously he beat Shogun so he’s the number one, so I feel great fighting for this spot.”

“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.”

“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.”

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