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Alexander Gustafsson to Receive Title Shot With Win Over Gegard Mousasi; Henderson/Machida Remain on UFC’s Pay-No-Mind List

(“I would consider it an honor to fight a great champion like Chael Sonnen. LOL, just kidding.” Photo via Esther Lin/MMAFighting)

Not that reports like this are ever worth a damn, but in accordance with the current mood of UFC President Dana White, Swedish light-heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson will receive a title shot if he can beat Gegard Mousasi in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 9, April 6th in Stockholm.

If Mousasi beats Gustafsson, he skyrockets right to the top of that division,” White said today in London. “And as far as Gustafsson goes, if he beats Mousasi in that fight, he’s in line for a title shot. This is a big fight for both of those guys.”

This, of course, is an old trick — pumping up a non-title-fight main event by declaring that it has title fight “implications.” But the UFC could very likely stick to their word this time, if for no other reason than to further punish Dan Henderson for his role in sinking UFC 151 and Lyoto Machida for refusing a title shot at UFC 152. Those two poor saps will be playing second-fiddle to a couple of broads in ten days at UFC 157.

Gustafsson has won his last six fights, which ties him for #4 on the list of longest current UFC win streaks. Would a seventh win against Mousasi convince you that he’d be a threat to Bones?

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dipsetkilla316- February 14, 2013 at 2:44 pm
If he beat mos he's 7 str8 What else can you do.
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mookiestick- February 13, 2013 at 7:59 pm
Wht the heck are the number 1 contender (Hendo) and number 2 contender (Machida) even fighting then? So Gustaffson can loose to Gergard? I don't know were those two are ranked but I don't think either are in the top 5. Now nobody fights Jones? Other than Chael I suppose. I guess he could win...
towelie- February 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm
i like this match up and the Rockhold vs Belfort too. hopefully we see some fireworks.
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- February 13, 2013 at 4:44 pm
Gay guard needs to run his mouth a Lil more.
Alan K- February 13, 2013 at 3:57 pm
That's rough for Gegard since it's his first fight in the UFC, which means that statistically he stands a real good chance of blowing ass hard. Is it really worth securing a title shot against a guy who hasn't competed in the company before anyway?
Rear Naked Poke- February 13, 2013 at 3:44 pm
I think Mousasi's footwork, and angles will be too much for the sweede. Shogun proved that Gustaffon is very hitable, Mousasi is a very accurate striker. Unfortunately we will prob see Gegard fight the winner of MACHIDA/Hendo.
JayJitsu310- February 14, 2013 at 1:23 pm
I don't know, Mousasi is a beast, but people forget, or just don't know that Gustafsson is an excellent boxer. Going to be a good fight hopefully.
KungfuJaysus- February 13, 2013 at 3:41 pm
Not just mma math but regular math doesn't work either. Seriously, when was the last time you added some shit or like divided? That's right, never!
Pen Fifteen- February 13, 2013 at 2:08 pm
Gustaf in the UFC:
-gets submitted by Phil Davis, who is like JBJ but without the striking
-beats 5 jobbers
-wins a narrow decision over Shogun, who got mauled by Bones

Even if he beats Mousasi (who hasn't faced relevant competition at 205 basically ever) convincingly, there is nothing from this list that suggests he'd be anything other than cannon fodder. But who cares. There isn't anyone at 205 that would be a good matchup for Jones.
eselockster- February 13, 2013 at 2:22 pm
mmath doesnt work...your argument is invalid
Mr_Misanthropy- February 13, 2013 at 1:36 pm
Maybe... no.
Fried Taco- February 13, 2013 at 1:03 pm