After almost a year hiatus, that came about as a result of some crushing defeats, Alexander Gustafsson believes his best is yet to come as he prepares to do battle with Jan Blachowicz at UFC Fight 93 on the weekend.
Gustafsson was tipped to be one of Europe's flag bearers within the UFC, however, defeats to Jon Jones, Anthony Johnson and Daniel Cormier in three of his last four bouts led to the Swede being shunned from the limelight at the expense of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
There was more to those losses than just a decrease in his European fan base, though. Gustafsson also lost a huge amount of confidence and has not fought since missing out on the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship to Cormier in October of 2015.
However, the 29-year-old is now set to get back in the octagon and is adamant that he will contend for the title again.
"It's tough coming off a loss but you keep learning, you keep ticking," he told Sky Sports.
"I picked up the good things and learned from the bad. I've been training the whole time, trying to develop my game. I've stayed busy. I'm trying to do better with every detail, trying to better myself.
"I see myself as a much better fighter today with new skills.
"I'm not thinking of Cormier or Jon Jones or anybody. You haven't seen my best performance yet, I have a lot more to show."
Gustafsson meets with Blachowicz on the weekend. The latter is not ranked within the UFC and should be the ideal opponent for Gustafsson to face as he makes his way back into the sport.