Alexander Gustafsson’s title aspirations will take him into South America next, after a matchup with ‘Little Nog’ was all but confirmed for the end of the year.
Having twice fought for the UFC light heavyweight championship and narrowly losing decisions against Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier respectively, the Swedish superstar is on a mission to rebuild his career by stringing a winning streak together and finding his fighting mojo once again before getting another crack at the belt.
Following his unanimous decision victory over Jan Blachowiz at UFC Fight Night Hamburg a few weeks ago, ‘The Mauler’ is now set for a trip to Brazil for the first in his career.
Combate.com broke the news yesterday, reporting a fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was set to headline UFC Fight Night 100, scheduled to take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil on November 19th. European sources, who preferred to remain unnamed, later confirmed the accuracy of the report to Fighters Only.
For Nogueira, currently at number nine in the official UFC rankings, this presents an opportunity to get home field advantage once again having already fought Curitiba earlier this year at UFC 198, notching a first round TKO victory over Patrick Cummins.
Having fought only once a year since 2013, the Gustafsson matchup would be the first time Lil Nog would be fighting back-to-back within the same calendar year since 2011.
Meanwhile, Gustafsson took to Instagram yesterday to announce his return to training, where fellow 205’er Jimi ‘The Posterboy’ Manuwa is currently in camp preparing for his bout with Ovince Saint Preux set for UFC 204 in Manchester, England early next month.
A bantamweight scrap between Pedro Munhoz and Justin Scoggins has also been earmarked for the Brazilian UFC Fight Night 100 card.