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Alexander Gustafsson believes Shogun Rua is not who he once was

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09:18 PM ET 12.05 | At the UFC on FOX 5 open workouts, rising light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson told the media while he respects his impending opponent Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua, he also believes the Brazilian former champion is a diminished form of himself. "It's going to be a fight that I control from the first minute to the last minute," Gustafsson stated. "I don't think Shogun is what he was back in the day, in his highlight prime. But Shogun is Shogun. He's a legend." Gustafsson is the odds-on favorite to defeat Rua on Saturday evening.

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