It looks like Alexander Gustafsson is ready to make his return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon, as MMA Fighting reports that “The Mauler” is expected to meet fellow light heavyweight title contender Glover Teixeira in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 28. The potential 205-pound battle would serve as the headlining act for the yet-to-be-announced European event.
Gustafsson, 30, is coming off a unanimous decision win over Jan Blachowicz at UFC Fight Night 93. The former light heavyweight title challenger remains one of the very best fighters in the division. But after losing title shots to both Jon Jones and current champion Daniel Cormier, the Swedish striker needs to string a few wins together to earn his third shot at UFC gold.
Teixeira, 37, just manhandled former heavyweight Jared Cannonier at UFC 208 to the tune of a unanimous decision. Before that, the Brazilian suffered a crushing knockout defeat to Anthony Johnson in just 13 seconds. Teixeira is also one of the best fighters at 205 pounds, but he has a longer road ahead before being considered for another title shot (he also lost to Jones back in 2014).
If everything moves forward and injuries play no factor, this is one of the best matchups in the weight class. Gustafsson has excellent takedown defense and would force Teixeira to throw bombs on the feet.
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