Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on Fox 5The invasion of Strikeforce fighters to the UFC has already begun and now a major light heavyweight fight has been scheduled as former champion Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on Fuel in Sweden.

UFC officials announced the new fight early on Saturday.

Gegard Mousasi comes to the UFC as one of the most highly touted prospects transitioning from Strikeforce. The former champion most recently dismantled Mike Kyle in Strikeforce’s final show, and now tries to prove he belongs among the best light heavyweights in the world when he fights in Sweden on April 6.

This will be a serious test for Mousasi as he looks to establish himself as a true force at 205lbs. While the former Strikeforce fighter does have several high profile wins when he was a middleweight, Mousasi has yet to face the same level of talent at light heavyweights so this will be a serious test as he moves to the UFC’s 205lb division.

Mousasi won’t be handed an easy fight for his first trip to the Octagon because waiting for him will be top light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson, fresh off a dominant victory over former champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

A native Swede, Gustafsson will go home in early April with two goals in mind – beat Gegard Mousasi and solidify his spot as the top dog in the division awaiting a shot at champion Jon Jones.

The two light heavyweights will face off in a five round battle headlining the UFC’s second trip to Sweden. Gustafsson also headlined the first card in Sweden in April 2012 when he defeated Thiago Silva by unanimous decision.

UFC on Fuel in Sweden will go down on Saturday, April 6 with tickets on sale on Saturday, Feb 9 with UFC Fight Club members having access to tickets as of Thursday, Feb 7.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Watch the Fight Night Rotterdam Q&A Featuring Alexander Gustafsson and Gegared Mousasi Live at 10:30 AM ET

  • 21 days ago
  • 16 views

Watch the Fight Night Rotterdam Q&A featuring Gegard Mousasi, Alexander Gustafsson and Michael Chiesa on Saturday streaming live at 10:30 a.m. ET. read news >>

UFC Rotterdam Q&A: Alexander Gustafsson, Gegard Mousasi, and Michael Chiesa Video Replay

  • 21 days ago
  • 17 views

Watch the UFC Fight Night Rotterdam Q&A featuring Gegard Mousasi, Alexander Gustafsson and Michael Chiesa, which took place on Saturday prior to the official weigh-in. read news >>

Marloes Coenen Gets New Bellator 155 Opponent, Faces Alexis Dufresne in Non-Title Fight

  • 18 days ago
  • 4 views

An injury has forced Julia Budd to withdraw from her inaugural Bellator women’s featherweight championship bout against Marloes Coenen at Bellator 155. read news >>

UFC 198 and the Aging Faces of Brazilian MMA

  • 16 days ago
  • 14 views

On paper, Saturday's UFC 198 card is a triumph. It's the UFC's first stadium show in Brazil, and it's the promotion's inaugural card in Curitiba, a city with deep roots in MMA. Curitiba is the home o read news >>

Melvin Manhoef on Bellator 155 Title Fight Against Rafael Carvalho: ‘My Striking is Better Than His’

  • 8 days ago
  • 17 views

Melvin Manhoef faces Bellator middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho in the Bellator 155 main event in a match-up that promises beautiful violence. read news >>

Desperate for a win, Jeremy Stephens faces challenge in Renan Barao (Yahoo Sports)

  • 3 days ago
  • 14 views

From Yahoo Sports: Stephens referred to Barao as “a mentally broken Brazilian,” and said he wants to make a point in his fight on Sunday. read news >>

Desperate for a win, Jeremy Stephens faces challenge in Renan Barao (Yahoo Sports)

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 views

From Yahoo Sports: Stephens referred to Barao as “a mentally broken Brazilian” and said he wants to make a point in his fight on Sunday. read news >>

Matt Brown Faces Jake Ellenberger at UFC 201 in Atlanta

  • 2 days ago
  • 8 views

Welterweight veterans Matt Brown and Jake Ellenberger have verbally agreed to meet at UFC 201. read news >>

Alex Caceres Replaces BJ Penn, Faces Cole Miller at UFC 199

  • a day ago
  • 6 views

Alex Caceres has stepped in to replace former lightweight champion BJ Penn against Cole Miller at UFC 199. read news >>

UFC and Bellator Veteran Lavar Johnson Sentenced to Five Years for Domestic Violence

  • 28 days ago
  • 93 views

Former UFC, Bellator, and Strikeforce fighter Lavar Johnson was sentenced on Friday to five years in prison for domestic violence. read news >>