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UFC 192: Alexander Gustafsson has a little message for Daniel Cormier...

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Alexander Gustafsson can't get any respect from his fellow light heavyweights.

As far as top contender Ryan Bader is concerned, "The Mauler" has no business fighting Daniel Cormier for the 205-pound title in the main event of UFC 192, which airs live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, on Oct. 3, 2015.

As for the champion?

His fight against Gustafsson is nothing more than a 25-minute workout, something to keep him busy until the eventual return of Jon Jones. But in spite of all that criticism, the towering Swede won't launch his own verbal offensive. He does, however, promise to give fans something to talk about.

From his official Facebook page:

A lot of media and you fans have asked what I think about DCs comment on the UFC GoBig press-conference? You know, I think he is right, DC is a very loving and humble person and he says what he truly believes. This will be a test for me, to meet the Champion in LHW division, the rightful Champion without question and one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world??!??! I know have to work hard and be in excellent shape as DC is all year around. Right now I believe my weight is good 1 month before the fight, I used a nutritionist, so my weight cut could be as easy as DCs, I will not give him any advantage there. With all of this said and no matter what DC thinks or believes, I will take that belt on October 3rd and once I have that belt, I hope you all stop talking how close I was getting it from Jon Jones and instead talk about my Earth-shattering win over Daniel Cormier for as long as you guys want.

If Gustafsson wants to shatter the earth, he's going to have to be the first fighter to finish Cormier.

It's certainly possible, as "The Mauler" was able to take Jones down when they fought at UFC 165. Like most of the current champion's contests, this story of this fight will be the relentless pace and aggression of the once-beaten Olympian.

Can Gustafsson succeed where Anthony Johnson failed?

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