Alexander Gustafsson isn’t in the spotlight of the UFC’s light heavyweight division and that’s quite okay with the 24-year-old Swede.

“If I have a lot of media, for me, it doesn’t really matter; I just train and that is my focus. A little media is also very good though, but I stay focused all the time,” said Gustafsson, in an interview with UFC’s website. “For me, it’s an honor (UFC 141 will make his PPV debut). I’ve wanted to fight on pay-per-view for so long, and now I have the chance, so I’m just happy to fight on the main card. I’m really looking forward to it.”

“The Mauler”, who faces Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC 141 on December 30, is riding a three-fight win streak that includes a recent TKO over Matt Hamill. Overall, Gustafsson sports a glistening 12-1 record with his lone loss coming at the hands of highly-touted contender Phil Davis. Gustafsson has since trained with Davis, giving him yet another dimension to his arsenal.

“I’m a striker – that’s my bread and butter. I keep the fight on my feet and trade, but like everything else – all the other skills – you need to be good at them, and that’s something I need to train,” Gustafsson said. “I’ve had a lot of improvements. I feel much better in every category.”

UFC 141 features a heavyweight battle between Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeeem. Gustafsson-Matyushenko is planned for the pay-per-view portion of the Friday night festivities.


MMATraining Take: Gustafsson has all the skills to become a challenger in the 205-pound division. He has excellent striking and solid ground work, but in “The Janitor,” he will face a stern test. This bout could steal the show, so watch out.