How Alexander Gustafsson Can Become a Contender at UFC 141

Sal DeRose@@TheSalDeRoseCorrespondent IDecember 29, 2011

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27:  Alexander Gustafsson of Sweden catches James Te Huna of Australia in a choke hold during their light heavyweight bout as part of UFC 127 at Acer Arena on February 27, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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Alexander Gustafsson burst onto the scene with a finish of Matt Hamill at UFC 133.

Now at UFC 141, Gustafsson gets another crack at a UFC veteran, Vladimir Matyushenko.

Matyushenko is yet another name the Swedish light heavyweight can use to take himself to the top. Gustafsson is 12-1 in his career. His only loss was to the undefeated Phil Davis.

With the way Gustafsson fights, and finish his fights, he can quickly rise to the top. Fans do like that. As some fighters have recently shown, if the fans are on your side, you can get to a title shot in no time.

He has 13 career fights, 12 wins and only one fight that went to the judges scorecard.

Gustafsson is a heavy hitter too. Gustafsson had knocked out his last three opponents before Davis finished him at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi.

At the pace Gustafsson is going, he could be a title contender by the end of 2012. He is quickly becoming a very entertaining fighter and is rapidly growing as a mixed martial artist.

At the age of 24, there is so much more that can be expected from the young prospect.

If he is able to defeat Matyushenko tomorrow, Gustafsson could get a shot at a top light heavyweight in what would be the biggest fight of his career.

If Gustafsson can keep growing and better his already good striking, he could become a top contender for a shot at the UFC light heavyweight belt.

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