"It went from bad to worse for him (Silva) in this fight. He's got a disadvantage going in and the crowd's against him. From a technical standpoint, once Gustafsson started hitting Silva, Silva started covering up and that's when you're not scoring points. Gustafsson looked like Dominick Cruz tonight. Silva came out to fight, but he got outfought tonight. Alex just kept moving. Gustafsson's won his last five fights. There's never been someone to win five fights in a row and not get a title fight. Gustafsson could go against any of the top guys in the weight class. Henderson is waiting in the wings for a title fight. Gustafsson might have time for another fight before he gets his title chance."
Though impressed with his performance against dangerous Brazilian Thiago Silva yesterday (Sat., April 14, 2012) at UFC on Fuel TV 2 from Stockholm, Sweden, Chael Sonnen believes Alexander Gustafsson will probably have to fight, and more importantly, win, one more time before he gets his chance to compete for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) gold. A winner of his last five bouts, which includes victories over Matt Hamill and Vladimir Matyushenko, "The Mauler" is knocking at the door of top contender status. Unfortunately for him, Dan Henderson already has his foot in said door. That's because UFC President Dana White pretty much guaranteed "Hendo" will get next crack at the light heavyweight title against the winner of next weekends (April 21, 2012) title fight at UFC 145 between current champion Jon Jones and challenger Rashad Evans. So with Henderson in the way, who do you feel would be a top candidate to face Gustafsson his next time out? Mauricio Rua, Lyoto Machida, Ryan Bader and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira are four top 205-pound fighters with no dates currently lined up. Perhaps one of them? Or someone else? Sound off, Maniacs.