Gegard Mousasi has literally a tall order for his first fight in the UFC when he takes on 6’5″ Swedish light-heavyweight top contender Alexander Gustafsson in Gustafsson’s home country of Sweden. The card, which will be the ninthin the UFC on Fuel TV series, is set for Stockholm at Ericsson Globe Arena on April 6. The last time the UFC went to Sweden they broke records, with the presence of Gustafsson making UFC on Fuel TV: “Gustafsson vs. Silva” the fastest selling European fight card ever. This bout could be a title shot eliminator with both fighters on winning streaks.
Gustafsson is coming off the biggest win of his career over Mauricio Rua at the last UFC on Fox event. Now he is currently riding a six-fight win streak and is 7-1 overall in the UFC. The only loss of his career came against his current training partner, Phil Davis. He showed that he has a weakness against submissions in that bout, and that is something that Mousasi may be looking to exploit.
Mousasi has a stellar record of 33-3-2, and has only had four decision wins. Eleven of those wins have come by submission, and he has submitted three of his opponents in his current five-fight win streak. Mousasi is no slouch on the feet either, having 18 wins by TKO/KO. His only loss since 2006 was to Muhammad Lawal, where he was just held on the ground by superior wrestling. If Mousasi passes the test the UFC has offered in Gustafsson he may be fighting for the title shortly.