Alexander Gustafsson is one of the brightest stars in the UFC today and could be a single win away from a title shot.

Alexander Gustafsson is one of the brightest stars in the UFC today and could be a single win away from a title shot.

Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson is one of the brightest stars in the sport of mixed martial arts. The Swedish born fighter has a 15-1 record and since dropping to Phil Davis via submission in 2010, has been unstoppable inside the Octagon. How has Gustafsson looked since entering the UFC, who has he beaten, and what is next?

Gustafsson made his UFC debut at UFC 105 by beating Jared Hamman in just 41 seconds. When the UFC made their debut in Abu Dhabi in April 2010, Gustafsson suffered the only defeat in his career. Davis, the powerful grappler picked up the submission win with the anaconda choke, but the Mauler didn’t waste much time in getting back into the win column.

Six months later, Gustafsson entered the Octagon again and this time, picked up a rear-naked choke win against Cyrille Diabate and then another victory via the same method against James Te Huna. Gustafsson then stepped into the Octagon with the fan favorite Matt Hamill, whom he beat via TKO to get the victory. In his next fight, he faced MMA veteran Vladimir Matyushenko and also won that fight via TKO, which prompted the UFC to give him tougher fights.

They next matched him up with the tough Thiago Silva and former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua, both of whom were beaten by unanimous decision. When the UFC was looking for a tough opponent for promotion newcomer and former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi, they looked to Gustafsson. Unfortunately, that fight never happened because of a cut Gustafsson suffered before the fight.

Instead, the future looks much brighter for the Swede. While UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones recovers from a nasty toe injury, Gustafsson will likely get another former champion, Lyoto Machida, in a title eliminator fight. With a win against the former champion, Gustafsson could have his chance to win the first title of his career.