Alexander Gustafsson earned himself another crack at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight strap by defeating Jimi Manuwa last month at UFC Fight Night 37 in London, England (video), via thunderous technical knockout (TKO).
An emphatic win "The Mauler" tells Yahoo! Sports he needed in order to erase any and all doubt as to who the true No. 1 contender is in the promotion's competitive 205-pound division.
After Glover Teixiera, of course.
Gustafsson will be an interested observer when the aforementioned Teixeira challenges current division kingpin, Jon Jones, for his title in the main event of UFC 172 this Saturday night (April 26, 2014) in Baltimore, Maryland (details).
Should Jones prove victorious in what would be his seventh consecutive title defense, that would set up a much-anticipated rematch against Gustafsson. A rematch the Swede is confident will happen, as he predicts Jones will pick Teixiera apart when the two collide in "Charm City."
"I think [Glover's] a dangerous fighter. He's good all around and he hits very hard, a very hard striker. But he also just kind of wades forward and doesn't use any movement, and I think that's the style Jon is just going to pick apart once he figures out his range. So I expect Jones to win the fight."
In his first encounter against "Bones" at UFC 165, Gustafsson proved to be Jon's toughest challenge to date, taking him the distance and almost walking out of the Air Canada Centre as the new champion.
And after re-watching the bout, Gustafsson still believes he won the fight. Nevertheless, the towering Swede intends to finish Jones via knockout in the rematch to avoid another judging controversy.
"I still think I won the fight. I'll grant you that Jon really got me in the fourth round and that slowed me down in the final two rounds. But this time I'm not going to let the judges decide. This time, I'll have a better idea of what it takes. This time I plan on knocking him out and I don't care if he knows that."
Of course, that's if Glover -- a man who hass proven his hands can lay out the best of them -- doesn't do it first.
As far as the rest of the light heavyweight division goes, there are plenty of interesting fights on tap, including Dan Henderson taking on Daniel Cormier in a title eliminator fight this July at UFC 175 (we think).
A fight Gus says "DC" will win.
For now, all "The Mauler" can do is wait to see if his much-desired rematch against Jones happens sooner, rather than later. He already has his gameplan set, and he doesn't care who -- Jones included -- knows about it.