Gegard Mousasi set to face Alexander Gustafsson in Sweden April 6th


Earlier today a rumor surfaced and was subsequently confirmed centering around a bout between Alexander Gustafsson and the UFC debuting Gegard Mousasi. That fight will apparently take place in Sweden at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm.

Mousasi should provide a tough test for the surging Swede. Mousasi was last seen submitting Mike Kyle with relative ease at last week’s Strikeforce Finale. Gustafsson beat a more high profile opponent back at UFC on Fox 5 when he defeated Shogun Rua via decision.

The event will be the UFC’s second foray into Sweden, as its first was held at the same location in April of last year. Gustafsson was on that card as well, defeating Thiago Silva in another decision victory.

It appears that the UFC is wasting no time in giving Mousasi tough tests at Light Heavyweight. And for good reason, as the Armenian kickboxer holds a ton of potential and is still young. He was the former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion, and it should be exciting to watch him attempt to become the champion of a bigger promotion.

The event is rumored to be UFC on Fuel 9, but nothing official has been confirmed as of yet in that area.

UFC executive vice president Garry Cook was on hand today to speak about the upcoming matchup, via MMA Junkie:

“Sweden is an incredible market for the UFC, and we’re excited to once again bring a major UFC card to the Ericsson Globe Arena. Alexander Gustafsson is a big star in Sweden and has quickly grown in popularity worldwide thanks to his success in the octagon.”

“We know the fans in Sweden will make the Ericsson Globe Arena an absolutely electric atmosphere as he takes on the very talented Gegard Mousasi on April 6.”

This fight could be a great one. Who is your early pick to win in Sweden?

  • so it begins! yesss! and the winner should face Jonny boy,we al know that Chael is getting creamed! ;D

  • Amazing fight and do you know what's better? Joe Silva made the fight al the hardcores were calling for!

    On the actual fight, IMO Gus will win pretty handily. Mousasi won't be able to take Alex down and Gus beat Shogun standing and even ragdolled him at times, if he can do that to Shogun he will do it to the undersized Gegard.

    • Would not count out mousasi so easily

    • Gegard is a better striker than Rua. Mark this; Mousasi Via TKO in the second or third.

      • I wouldnt say that. Shogun in his prime was nasty. Idk what happend, doesnt even throw kicks anymore!!!

        • True but Gegard is still more technical. He beats high level kick boxers in kickboxing matches.

  • I think Gus will demolish him.

    I've always felt Mousasi was way overrated. Glad to finally see him in the UFC to get some solid evidence.

  • Tough fight for GM on the way in.

    • yep, thats the MMA Truth for sure 8))

  • he will lose by decision and drop to 185 i believe, that said however he is well rounded and has made strides in his wrestling.

  • i'd be pissed if i beat shogun and they offered me gegard, stop being such a companyman gus, its like they're not taking him seriously

  • That is a great match up and a good first fight for Mousasi to show his skill's, win or lose!

  • I always like Gerrard both as a fighter and as a personality.Iwish him the best of luck in the Ufc.
    However, I always felt that his was undersized for the light heavyweight division.
    Watching his last fight against fight Mike Pyle, and although he had an excellent performance, any remaining doubts were completely shredded.
    Although he had an excellent performance , it was evident right from the start of the fight how huge Mike Kyle looked in comparison to him
    i believe due to his skill set he can do pretty well in the 205 division but imo needs to drop down,as stated by others in this thread, to 185 for optimal results

    • Pyle fights at HW. Of course Gegard looked small.

      • I didn't know that about Pyle , except his fight with Big Foot of course

        What i'm trying to say is that he looks small in comparison to a lot of Ufc light Heavyweights like Thiago Silva , Gustaffson, Jones, Rampage Texeira ,Forest and Bonnar & Ortiz, who are of course irrelevant at this point in the division but mentioned just to showcase the body size difference

  • sorry for the bad grammar, I'm tired and can't seem to find how to edit and correct the post

  • Gegard, by masterful performance.

  • I think kungfurule called it. Mousasi would do better at 185. He has the technical skill, but lacks the size and strength to compete in the upper echelon of the 205 division. Gus isn't exactly a muscular powerhouse either(he is a big LHW, but has a thin frame) but I still think he will simply be too big and strong with too much reach for Mousasi to deal with. Hopefully Mousasi will prove me wrong and put on a good showing against Gus, but I have Gus taking this one via complete domination.

  • beeing able to watch another UFC event in my hometown will be awesome!!!
    hope it gets confirmed and that they put up a great card.
    With Gus fighting in Stockholm I dont give Mousasi much of a chance. tough UFC debut…

  • I'm surprised a lot of people are counting out The Dream. He dude has a better striking game than Alex, he is well versed on the ground, dangerous of his back. I cannot see Gegard losing a striking game against Alex. Only kryptonite is wrestling, but if Shogun can get up from under Alex so can Gegard.

  • People who are judging Gegard's future fights by his last two need to rewatch. He looked bored in those fights. An opponent like Gus will wake him up and he will kill.

  • Gegard has fought biger opponents than himself in the past, he has submissions and KO power, Gus is a great fight for him but is silly how people is counting Mousasi out.

  • I disagree with this. Mousasi should face a top 5 fighter but not get to jump in right at the top of the division for a possible title shot. Too much of this going on lately.