UFC 141 Results: Alexander Gustafsson is Now a Contender

December 30, 2011
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UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is the phenom of the 205-pound division, right?

He may have a little competition on that front, as Alexander Gustafsson proved at UFC 141 on Friday night in Las Vegas.

The 24-year-old stepped in with one of the sports toughest, hard-nosed fighters in Vladimir Matyushenko, but it took the young Swede just over two minutes to put an end to the Belarusian’s latest resurgence.

Gustafsson had a distinct height and reach advantage over Matyushenko and he kept his distance early, using his kicks to keep away from the power of his opponent. It worked well.

Matyushenko tried on a couple of occasions to bull rush Gustafsson and swung the sledgehammers at him, but couldn’t find his target. In fact, it was when Matyushenko was rushing in that Gustafsson hit him with a stiff jab that put him on the mat. The lanky Swede immediately pounced with a flurry of punches to make sure the fight was over.

“I was prepared for three hard rounds. Vladimir is a tough, hard fight,” said Gustafsson after the fight. “I look up to him, but I got the knockout.

“It was my day to day. It was my dream to fight here in Vegas; I got the biggest win of my life.”

The victory over the 40-year-old Matyushenko moves Gustafsson’s record to a near-spotless 13-1, his sole loss being to Phil Davis.

Alexander Gustafsson, welcome to contender status.

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  • Gustafsson looked good. I’d like to see him fight Bonnar next. Bonnar is a tough, durable guy and I think he’d be a good test for Gustafsson.

    • shakejunt

      would definitely be a good fight, but seems a little risky for ufc brass. i’m not sure bonnar is marketable enough if he wins. i’m thinkin bonnar gets matched up with vera.

      my guess is that gustafsson welcomes back either thiago silva or forrest, but i could be way off base on that