UFC Stockholm goes down this week and in the main event, Alexander Gustafsson returns to the Octagon to face Glover Teixeira in the main event.
Despite being ranked at number one in the division, Gustafsson hasn’t fought since August 2016 when he defeated Polish fighter, Jan Blachowicz. Despite not fighting himself, Gustafsson has been keeping sharp by helping his training partner, Jimi Manuwa, get ready for his last two fights at #UFC204 and #UFCLondon.
With Gustafsson now preparing for his own fight, Manuwa has been returning the favour and he spoke to Champions.co this past week to explain why AllStars Gym in Stockholm is the right place for him to train.
“I’ve been working a lot here [Stockholm] these past few months,” Manuwa said. “I was here getting ready for the Anderson fight and I’ve been back helping Gus for his fight with Teixeira. It’s good for me, you know. When I’m here, I get to take myself away from distractions back home and just focus on my training. Here I get great training partners and I get to work with great people.”
Those wondering if Gustafsson will struggle with ring rust this weekend might want to think again. According to Manuwa, “The Mauler” is looking better than ever ahead of his fight with Teixeira.
“He’s looking like a machine—very sharp,” Manuwa said. “Trust me, he’s looking really, really good. I’ve been working with him for the past few months and his boxing is looking very good. We got him very ready. He’s fit, he’s strong and he’s been doing five, six, seven, eight rounds, no problem. He’s ready now and he’s just looking forward to the fight and performing.”
Manuwa has never been one to make fight predictions, but he’s fully confident his teammate will get it done inside the distance. The Londoner said that Gustafsson has been sharpening all areas of his game and that the Swede should be ready for wherever the fights goes.
“I don’t know, but I think he can get it done any way he wants to,” Manuwa said. “I think he can definitely stop him. It could be a KO or he could submit him. Gus is so good all round. I don’t how he’s going to do it, but that’s only because he’s been working so many different things—submissions, takedowns and his striking is looking very on point. It’s going to be interesting that’s for sure.”
Gustafsson vs. Teixeira will serve as the headlining fight for the 13-bout fight card on Sunday night.