"Gegard is by far the most dangerous opponent so far," Gustafsson said. "He's young, he's hungry and has a lot of fight experience. It's gonna be interesting. I'll win the fight, no doubt. It's not going to be a decision that's for sure because two decisions in a row now, it's too much. I'm going to go for the finish, I want the finish. But Mousasi is the toughest opponent so far. It's going to be a great fight."
Gustafsson is riding a six-fight win streak in the UFC ranks, and a win over Mousasi moves him closer to a title shot against Jon Jones.
Mousasi considers the Gustafsson fight to be a No. 1 contender spot.
“I wanted to face a top opponent. He’s the No. 1 contender so fighting him would get me in line for a title shot. That’s the guy I want to fight,” Mousasi told MMAWeekly.com.
“It was him, (Lyoto) Machida or Shogun (Rua), and I mentioned them because I felt those were the names that fans would want to see, and they’re top contenders and obviously (Gustafsson) beat Shogun so he’s the number one, so I feel great fighting for this spot," Mousasi said of fighting Gustafsson.
Mousasi is one of the 20 recent UFC imports from Strikeforce, an MMA promotion that recently folded.
“I’m concentrating 100-percent and from that hopefully I will have that belt around my waist. That’s a big motivation, it’s within reach and it’s a possibility. That’s already giving me a lot of hope and that’s what I’m going for this year. We had a good start but now we are going for the big deal,” said Mousasi.
“I want a fight so I can get a title shot. I don’t want to build anything up, or get build up fights or whatever. We’re going for the top and I’m happy that they are giving me the opportunity.”