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Sunday, 04/15/2012, 09:27 am

Following His Win At Home, UFC on Fuel TV 2 Headliner Gustafsson Wants Top 5 Opponent


By Romeo Cabras Jr.:

Winning the UFC on FUEL TV 2 headliner against the always dangerous Thiago Silva, Sweden’s very own Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson used his length and footwork to keep Silva on the outside for most of the fight, scoring a knockdown with a right uppercut early in round one. Gustafsson continued picking apart the Brazilian with kicks and punches, battering him throughout the remainder of the fight.

Silva landed some heavy strikes mid-bout, but with quick footwork and tricky style “The Mauler” slowed a frustrated Silva and cruised to a unanimous-decision victory.

Here’s what he had to say to Fox Sports about fighting in Sweden, against Thiago Silva and a possible top 5 opponent:

“It just motivated me more. I was super excited for this fight. I don’t feel any pressure. I just go out there and do what I love to do. The crowd was amazing. I couldn’t even hear my coaches in the corner. I’m proud fighting here at home and in the UFC. Silva is a tough guy, I’ve got a lot of respect for him, and I know he has some good power in his punches. I had my game plan to stay active, like I always do, and tried to pick him apart. I [executed] my game plan, but I’m a finisher. It was my first decision [in the UFC], so I’m still learning. I want to fight the top five guys in the world in my division, but if [the UFC] were to give me a title shot, I would be more than ready if that day comes.”

Who do you think should be his next opponent? Top 5 or too early?

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