Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight No. 1 contender Alexander Gustafsson is jubilant over the fact he will challenge Jon Jones for the divisional title at UFC 165 on Sept. 21, 2013.
"The Mauler" has been campaigning for a title shot for quite some time now and on Thursday (June 14, 2013) UFC President Dana confirmed the 205-pound title match for the organization's fourth trip to Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Hearing the news of his opportunity to complete his ultimately goal in mixed martial arts (MMA) was overwhelming for Gustafsson, and he is simply joyous over his new position as No. 1 contender.
"It's unbelievable," Gustafsson told Swedish news outlet Kimurase. "It's a dream come true and I'm happy. I'm a happy guy today. I want this fight because it's the number one fight. This is the fight that every fighter wants. I want to become the number one guy in the world. I want the belt. Everything I've done has been leading up to this. It's a dream come true so what can I say, I want to bring the belt home to Sweden and I'm ready to go on the 21st of September."
The Gustafsson fight marks a significant moment in Jones' title reign, as a successful defense of his belt would statistically make him the most accomplished light heavyweight champion in UFC history.
Aside from a Vitor Belfort near-armbar, no one has been able to threaten Jones' grip on the belt thus far; however, Gustafsson feels he is the man to get the job done due to his undying hunger to be the best.
"I have to do my homework," he said of fighting Jones. "He's the number one guy; he's the toughest guy out there. He's pound-for-pound one of the best guys in the world, so he's very dangerous. I will be more than ready, I'm hungry and I want this belt."
Many fighters concern themselves with dealing with the many threatening skills "Bones" brings into the cage any time he competes, but Gustafsson has no fear of what the champion can do to him.
When the cage door closes, the 26-year-old is expects a 25-minute battle where he has to give it his all. Ultimately, though, even if Jones says the Swede won't be his toughest test, Gustafsson expects to walk out of the Octagon with his hand raised and the title around his waist regardless of what Jones does.
"He can do whatever he wants to do in the cage; I will be ready for everything," he said. "Whatever he throws I will have an answer for that, so it's going to be a good fight for the fans, I promise you that. It's going to be a war."
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