By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson (16-3 MMA) will be the next man to challenge newly crowned UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (16-1 MMA) for the title.

UFC President Dana White stated the promotions intensions yesterday evening on “UFC Tonight.”

No date or venue has been announced for the “Gustafsson vs. Cormier” title fight as of this time.

Alexander Gustafsson was last seen in action at January’s UFC on FOX 14 event in Sweden, where he suffered a first-round TKO loss to Anthony Johnson. Prior to the loss, “The Mauler” was coming off a second-round TKO victory over Jimi Manuwa, which he earned in March of 2014.

Gustafsson has already fought for the UFC’s light heavyweight strap on one occasion, suffering a hard-fought unanimous decision loss to former title holder Jon “Bones” Jones at UFC 165 in September of 2013.

Meanwhile, Daniel Cormier earned the vacant UFC light heavyweight championship this past month by submitting Anthony Johnson in the third-round of their main event title fight at UFC 187. Prior to the title earning win, “DC” had suffered a lop-sided unanimous decision loss to former division kingpin Jon “Bones” Jones at January’s UFC 182 event in Vegas.

The news will serve as a disappointment to fellow 205-pound contender Ryan “Darth” Bader (19-4 MMA), who is currently riding a four-fight win streak and was hopeful to get the nod from the UFC as the next light heavyweight title challenger.

Who do you have winning this light heavyweight title fight?

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