Lyoto Machida- MMAWEEKLYUFC light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson saw an incredible opportunity slip through his fingers last week when a cut he suffered in training cost him a crack at top contendership by forcing his withdrawal from a fight with Gegard Mousasi. Fortunately, Gustafsson’s gash wasn’t too gruesome and essentially looked good enough to garner a green-light against Mousasi had he been given another day or two to heal.

With the Mousasi match-up gone, Gustafsson is looking forward to the next challenge and is itching to compete as soon as possible. According to a report on UFC Tonight, the 26-year old Swede was said to be waiting for either an injury to create an opening he can slide into or a meeting with Lyoto Machida.

Machida (19-3) is a former champion who is also positioned for a title-shot based on recent wins over Ryan Bader and Dan Henderson. Additionally, he is currently available in terms of not having a future fight scheduled.

Gustafsson holds an overall record of 15-1 and has come out triumphant in his last six scraps. Twelve of his wins have featured a finish including those over Matt Hamill, Vladimir Matyushenko, and James Te Huna. He has also had his hand raised against the likes of Thiago Silva and Mauricio Rua.