Alexander Gustafsson gets the chance to headline the first UFC fight card taking place in his home country against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on April 14 at UFC on Fuel TV 2 in Stockholm, Sweden.
We thought it might be and now it is so.
Speculation was rampant that Alexander Gustafsson would headline the event when the UFC invades his home country of Sweden for the first time, which it will do on April 14 in Stockholm at the Ericsson Globe Arena, and now we know for certain that he will.
Gustafsson last fought just this past Dec. 30 in Las Vegas at UFC 141, a short but sweet bout that saw him defeat Vladimir Matyushenko via knockout inside the very first round. That drove the Swede's record up to 13-1 in just four years as a professional. This is the man many consider the guy who could develop into the talent to take down Jon Jones.
Rogerio Nogueira just recently stopped a two-fight skid with a first round bludgeoning of Tito Ortiz back at UFC 140 on Dec. 10 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Brazilian buttkicker used his superior boxing and some vicious shots to the body to put "The People's Champ" away.
His two fights previous, though, saw him struggle against superior wrestlers who had little problem putting him on his back and keeping him there. Does Gustafsson have it in him to do the same? Will he even need those skills with his long reach and heavy hands?
We shall see.
UFC on Fuel TV 2 takes place on April 14 in Stockholm, Sweden, and will be headlined by Gustafsson vs. Nogueira. Other interesting match-ups announced for the fight card include a middleweight tilt pitting Brian Stann vs. Alessio Sakara and a welterweight war between Paulo Thiago and Siyar Bahadurzada.