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Alexander Gustafsson’s next test comes in form of Vlad Matyushenko

Only 24 years old, 12-1 light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson has recently started drawing similar buzz to that of the current 205-pound champion, Jon Jones, based on his age, explosive arsenal of technique, and poise against seasoned opponents.

That notion was recently boosted by Gustafsson’s strike-based stoppage of Matt Hamill, one of Jones’ former opponents, at UFC 133. Now, according to the UFC, “The Mauler” has drawn another adversary with past ties to the title-holding phenom – Vladimir Matyushenko – and will face him at UFC 141. The two were originally scheduled to lock horns last month before Matyushenko was forced out with an injury.

At 26-5, Matyushenko has more than twice Gustafsson’s experience and will be looking for his third straight win when they meet on December 30. “The Janitor” has also had his hand raised against a number of his respected peers including Jason Lambert, Igor Pokrajac, Pedor Rizzo, Tim Boetsch, Eliot Marshall, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

The Swedish Gustafsson has finished eleven of the twelve foes he’s felled including eight via TKO. None of his victories in the UFC have gone beyond the second round, as he hasn’t been to a decision in more than three years.

UFC 141 is headlined by former UFC champ Brock Lesnar taking on talented newcomer Alistair Overeem and will also feature “Top 3” welterweight Jon Fitch in action against accomplished amateur wrestler Johny Hendricks.


  • fanoftna33 says:

    should be another good test for Alexander here, the Janitor is a real threat for these up and coming LHW fighters especially if they do not take him seriously.

  • Jmad says:

    Gustafsson via ko round 2

  • Creature says:

    I like Gustafsson, i think he has a lot of talent and potential. But i see Vlad taking this, Gustafsson tends to take a lot of shots on the feet as hes dealing them out, and his ground could use some work.. Vlad hits hard and is a powerful wrestler. bad matchup for Alex here.

  • MCM says:

    Gustafsson is a legit bad ass. He’s getting a ton of hype and deservedly so. But Vlady is one tough S.O.B. I think The Janitor is one of the most underrated fighters in the 205 division. Gustafsson has the potential to eventually hold gold, whereas Vlady spent his best years outside the UFC, but I’m gonna have to go with the IFL vet in this one by close Dec.

  • Guthookd says:

    Put it on him Goose!!!


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