Saturday night should provide some answers to the questions that loom over Alexander Gustafsson and his position in the light heavyweight division.
Is the 25-year-old Swede the true top contender to Jon Jones’ title?
Is the man prepared to tangle with the top five ranked fighters of the division?
These are things we simply do not know.
The kid has looked fantastic up to this point, suffering only a single career setback, in his UFC 112 bout with Phil Davis. He’s logged five consecutive victories inside the Octagon, and in the process has taken out game opponents in Thiago Silva, Vladimir Matyushenko and James Te Huna.
Stylistically Alex looks to be a threat to virtually anyone not named Jon Jones, who not only rivals but also surpasses Alex’s ranginess and natural strengths. Gustafsson could have a wonderful future in this sport, and it may all begin on Saturday night in Seattle, Washington.