Mousasi-Gustafsson to Headline UFC on Fuel in Sweden

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 19, 2013

Dec 8, 2012, Seattle, WA, USA; Alexander Gustafsson fights Mauricio Rua (not pictured) during their light heavyweight bout at MMA on FOX 5 at Key Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
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It looks like the UFC is ready to return to Sweden.

Alexander Gustafsson will meet Gegard Mousasi in the headliner of a UFC on Fuel card in Gustafsson's native land. It is confirmed by the UFC that the 205ers will fight April 6 at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm.

Mousasi is a Strikeforce import who recently took part on the final Strikeforce card. He easily defeated Mike Kyle via submission, thrusting him into the UFC.

Mousasi has long been considered the best light heavyweight not in the UFC. At 33-3-2, he rarely goes to decision and has defeated the likes of Renato Sobral, Mark Hunt, Ronaldo Souza and Melvin Manhoef.

With this fight, Mousasi takes on a certified top-five light heavyweight.

Gustafsson is a guy that many are touting as the next top contender to Jon Jones' throne. His recent run in the UFC would definitely suggest he is ready for a title shot. The Swede is on a six-fight win streak right now, finishing four opponents along the way. His most recent wins have seen him beat Thiago Silva and MMA legend Mauricio Rua.

This fight will be interesting for several reasons. The first reason is because this is a very risky fight for Gustafsson. Should he lose, his ticket for a title shot will be as good as useless for the time being.

The second reason is because Gustafsson has relied upon his polished boxing skills in most fights. Here. he may not be the better boxer, as Mousasi has pro boxing experience and even contemplated on competing in the Olympics.

However, this fight has all the implications of being a fun fight. Both men are consistently fun to watch.

If and when this fight goes down, it should be a crowd pleaser. Let's hope the injury bug stays away on this one.