By Evan Stoumbelis:
After defeating Thiago Silva this past weekend, Light Heavyweight Alex Gustafsson feels he’s ready to face one of the top 5 light heavyweight fighters in the division, and feels “more than ready” to fight for the title should the opportunity present itself.
Gustafsson said that he had no added pressure during this last fight, and said ““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,” Gustafsson told Fox Sports. “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.” Gustafsson’s may have exaggerated a bit, seeing as how this was a big fight for him, against Thiago Silva, who was making his comeback in this fight.
Dana White felt the same way, saying “I think he’s full of shit, I think there was a ton of pressure on him.”
Gustafsson said after the fight: “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.”
Based on that statement, it seems like Gustafsson successfully implemented a game plan that worked well for him.
Keeping Silva at arm length, but not letting him close the gap, Gustafsson picked apart the hard hitting Silva, for the most part not letting him get any power shots that could potentially be fight ending, and until the last round, he was fairly successful at this.
Gustafsson was asked about the hard hook Silva connected with at the end of the fight, saying “Silva threw, and I felt it, but it didn’t rock me.” .