Alexander Gustafsson believes that his upcoming fight against former title contender Anthony Smith will be a real challenge. They are slated to meet in the headliner of the UFC on ESPN+ 10 show.
Gustafsson is fresh off a loss to Jon Jones with the vacant UFC light heavyweight title being on the line at UFC 232. He earned this title shot with a stoppage victory over Glover Teixeira in 2017.
While speaking with MMAFighting, the title contender admitted that this will be a real challenge and if he loses to Smith then he’ll have to reconsider his career.
“He’s a big hitter and he has a lot of heart and he has a lot of fights behind him,” Gustafsson said Monday on The MMA Hour. “He’s a guy with a good team behind him, and this is going to be a real challenge. And that’s why I’m doing this, to challenge myself. When I beat him, I’m going to just move in the rankings. If I don’t beat him, if he beats me, then maybe I don’t have it anymore. So I’ll just take it from there.”
UFC on ESPN+ 10 is set to take place on on June 1, 2019 at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. The main card will air on ESPN +. The preliminary card will air ESPN +.