Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White already stated that should Alexander Gustafsson defeat Gegard Mousasi in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 9: "Gustafsson vs. Mousasi" on April 6, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden, he would be "in line" for a shot at the light heavyweight strap.
The only problem with that is, the Las Vegas fight boss also said Lyoto Machida earned himself a shot at the division title after he defeated Dan Henderson at UFC 157 a few weeks ago.
I guess the big question here is, who gets it first, "The Mauler" or "The Dragon?"
Of course, Gustafsson still has to get past "The Dreamcatcher," and if he manages to do so, the normally reserved Swede is already planning to call out the champion at 205 pounds because according to "Gus," there isn't going to be any more "Mr. Nice Guy."
His words from his recent appearance on "The MMA Hour:"
"My biggest concern right now is Mousasi. That's my biggest focus, that's the only thing I think of right now, so, I don't really think about it (title fight) that much. I am going to grab the mic to whoever has it after the fight and I'm going to challenge the champ after this fight, so, yeah, let's see what happens. Oh yeah, for sure, I will (call out the champion). No more Mr. Nice Guy, no more running, it's time."
It was widely believed "The Mauler" was next in line to challenge current titleholder Jon Jones after the 26-year-old defeated Mauricio Rua at UFC on FOX 5 last December. However, Chael Sonnen managed to talk his way to the front of the 205-pound line as he received the nod to challenge "Bones" first at UFC 159 on April 27, 2013.
Nevertheless, Gustafsson will have to get it done on his home turf as he faces a red-hot Mousasi -- who is currently riding a five-fight win streak and only has one defeat in the last seven years -- if he wants the chance to call out "The American Gangster" or "Bones."
How about it Maniacs, are you digging Gustafsson's new "take the bull by the horns" approach? Should he get the next crack at the 205-pound title over Machida should he best Gegard in Stockholm?