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Thursday, 04/12/2012, 08:00 am

Gustafsson Feeling No Pressure Heading Into Bout with Silva


By George Deutsch:
UFC light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson says he’s feeling no pressure prior to his main event matchup against Thiago Silva in Gustafsson’s native Sweden on April 14 at UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva, also known as UFC: Sweden.

Speaking to Karyn Bryant of MMA Heat, “The Mauler” cited his training as the reason for his confidence. The Swede said he has been working out in Las Vegas with Alliance MMA, as team member and UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz films The Ultimate Fighter: Live there.

“I’ve been working with all those [Alliance MMA] guys — Phil Davis, Brandon Vera — and it’s been a great camp. I’ve been having world-class sparring and world-class coaching… So I’m ready.

“I’m feeling good. I’m just doing something I love to do, so I don’t feel any pressure at all. I’m just going to go in there and have fun. I have confidence and I know I’ve been through hell to be here today. So I’m just enjoying every time. … I want to win my fight and one day have a title shot. And when that day comes, I’ll be more than ready.”

Gustafsson said he isn’t expecting any ring rust from Silva, who’s returning from a one-year suspension handed down by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after he falsified a urine sample following his fight with Brandon Vera on Jan. 1, 2011. The fight, which Silva initially won via unanimous decision, was later declared a no contest by NSAC.

“I’m preparing for the best Thiago, and I hope that it’s the best Thiago out there on Saturday.”

For his part, Silva (14-2) is replacing “Lil Nog,” Antônio Rogério Nogueira, on the card, who suffered a knee injury.

Gustafsson (13-1) is coming off victories over Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko and Matt Hamill. He is considered a rising star at 205 lbs. and is currently ranked the #7 light heavyweight by ESPN and #8 by Sherdog.

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3 Comments to Gustafsson Feeling No Pressure Heading Into Bout with Silva

  1. Greg says:

    Thiago is good, but I’m expecting him to have some ring rust. I think Gustafsson takes this one, which begs the question of how long it will be before he gets a LHW championship match.

  2. GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

    I think its going to be alot more pressure on Gustaffson than he wants to admit and with his suspect ground game he could be in for a long nite against to very aggressive Silva. regardless this is going to be a scrap probably about as opposite of a GSP or Fitch fight as there will ever be in UFC

  3. drew says:

    fitch fights suck out of all fights…ya this is going to be a scrap i trully silva thinka he beat vera regardless of the roids and i think his confidence is up there and thiago silva is still thiago silva and theonly guy to beat him is machida…silva is very dangerous and going to win this fight

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