UFC on FOX 5: Alexander Gustafsson gets ready for Shogun Rua (Video)


Next weekend, Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson will be looking to make another step towards a shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight title, facing Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC on FOX 5. Gustafsson is widely-considered as one of the best 205’ers on the planet, with good chances to give the reigning champion, Jon Jones, his toughest test to date. The young Swede trains at Alliance MMA in San Diego, California, alongside fighter such as Dominick Cruz, Phil Davis, and Brandon Vera. In the video below, Gustafsson displays his grappling skills against one of the best wrestlers competing in MMA today, promising a very competitive fight on December 8th.

  • I think it will be sad to see the end of the Rua era. He had a great run. Gustafsson is just too young and powerful. Rua will give a better showing than he did against Jones but it will be similar to Rua Jones in the end.

  • The Dr. speak-eth true

  • He doesn't look strong/sharp enough to beat Rua, IMO……..

  • No way in hell would Fustafsson be able to get up from under Davis like that.
    I see a pretty tit-for-tat battle on the standup but Shogun might be able to do a lot of damage with ground and pound like he did against Vera.

    Rooting for Shogun

  • Rua did get caught early with that flying knee and never recovered the whole fight, so would not count him out just yet!

    • talking about the knee from jones btw 😛

  • Its so stupid to count out Rua.

    • I totally agree. Rua knows that if he doesn't really bring it he might done soon. He's only winning every other fight… Gus has only fought ONE opponent that is of Rua's caliber (Phil Davis) and he got subbed by him in the first round. Rua's resume is replete with FINISHES over quality opponents- Liddell, Machida, Rampage, Overeem) and the war with Henderson, IMO, should have been a victory. (The judges must have been drinking beach while watching that fight, lol.)

      I'd be careful betting the bank on Gus for this one!!!

  • Rua is becoming Penn-esque, in that it's never certain which Rua is going to show up. Throughout his career he has put in awesome and lacklustre performances. I think a prime Rua would take this but there's no knowing which Rua shows up. The Jones fight is irrelevant because Jones has dominated everyone thus far. The Henderson fight showed how tough he is but also how loose parts of his game can be. The same Rua that done what few others ever have to Machida and outclass him standing. A true puzzle is Rua. I know his injuries are apportioned the blame, but I think it is more than that, but what exactly, who knows?

  • Gustafsson is the future LHW champ.

  • Being a guy that comes from a non-wrestling society, such as the UK and Western Europe at large… there is few things I enjoy more in this sport than watching guys from the same upbringing, without wrestling, as me and being to hang if not nullify these great life-long wrestlers… it's not to see the wrestlers fail but I just find it amazing to watch guys work their asses off to catch up and develop a great wrestling game.

    I honestly sometimes enjoy watching a stuffed takedown just as much as a solid striking combination… guys like Gus, JDS, Bisping, Barao, Aldo, Machida and of course GSP have just caught on so quick it truly is amazing!