Come April 14th all eyes will be on up and comer Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson when he touches gloves with Thiago Silva. The event takes place at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden and will be aired on Fuel TV at 6pm ET. If you’re a stand and bang fan then don’t miss this fight as both fighters are aggressive brawlers.
Alexander Gustafsson was on a 9 win streak before getting submitted by Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis in his 2nd UFC fight. If anything that loss gave him more fuel for the fire as he has finished his last 4 opponents, 2 via submission and 2 via TKO. His last victories were over The Ultimate Fighter winner Matt Hamill and MMA veteran Vladimir Matyushenko. This 25 year old young gun has rocketed to the 8th spot in the Sherdog Light Heavyweight rankings and will now face the most dangerous opponent of his career, the beast that is Thiago Silva.
Silva is coming off a one year suspension for falsifying a urine sample. His victory over Brandon Vera was overturned and changed to No Contest. In that fight Thiago exhibited good striking and great ground and pound, but showed holes in his stand up defense. While moving forward Thiago is a force to be reckoned with, but he eats strikes by not covering up effectively and doesn’t display very good head movement. Silva is a Black Belt in BJJ and has never been submitted. He uses his ground skills to position for ground and pound and only has 2 wins via submission.
Alexander Gustafsson was preparing to fight Antônio Rogério Nogueira, but “Lil Nog” got injured. Fortunately for Alexander, Thiago’s fighting style matches well with his and makes for a more interesting matchup. Gustafsson won’t be afraid to exchange punches with Silva as he has the length advantage and is the better counter striker. The problem for Alexander is on the floor, he needs to avoid getting taken down as he is most vulnerable on the ground.
There is a lot of hype surrounding Alexander Gustafsson, he is praised as being the next Jon Jones. He missed his opportunity to prove that he can compete with the top UFC contenders when he lost to Phil Davis, but if he can defeat Silva he will get a chance to be pitted against the likes of Ryan Bader, Lyoto Machida or another top contender. Alexander will be fighting from his home country, but will fan support and preparation be enough to stop the lethal Thiago Silva? Tune in April 14th on Fuel TV to find out!