UFC London Results: Alexander Gustafsson TKOs Jimi Manuwa, Calls for Rematch with Jon Jones

March 8, 2014
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Alexander GustafssonAlexander Gustafsson topped Jimi Manuwa in the main event of UFC Fight Night 37, earning the technical knockout on Saturday evening in London.

Gustafsson closed in on his foe with a perfectly placed knee before pounding out the English fighter for the finish at 1:18 of the second round.

“Feels amazing,” Gustafsson said in reaction to the win. “This guy was so dangerous.”

The main-event fighters traded punches and kicks early on before Gustafsson scored a takedown. From half guard, Gustafsson worked to secure a kimura, but Manuwa defended it well and recovered guard. The match returned to the feet where the two fighters measured each other before Manuwa landed a heavy body punch with the left hand.

The second round had Manuwa sustain an eye poke that brought a momentary stop to the fight. When the contest resumed, Gustafsson ate an overhand right, but later closed the distance and a Thai clinch. As Gustafsson controlled his opponent’s head, he landed the knee that began the ending sequence to the fight..

The knee rocked Manuwa, which opened up an opportunity for Gustafsson to unload punches that dropped his opponent to the floor. A few more strikes on the ground signaled the referee to put a stop to the contest by TKO.

With the win, Gustafsson will await the winner of the Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira fight that will take place at UFC 172 in April. If given a rematch with Jones from their UFC 165 encounter, Gustafsson expressed desire to compete with the champ for the belt once again.

“Jon Jones, I want my title shot again,” he said. “I’m right here. Whenever you want.”

Gustafsson improved his record to 16-2 with the UFC win in London. In defeat, Manuwa lost the first fight of his professional career.

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  • Timothy Malone

    Nice knockout. The co-main was a flop but other than that you missed some good fights if you don’t have Fight Pass.

    I was surprised that Hardy turned out to be a pretty decent commentator.

    • TheCerealKiller

      Did he take much damage? If not, he should get DC and the winner gets the winner of Jones/Teixeira and the losers get each other.

      • Timothy Malone

        He took almost no damage

        • Obi-Wan Granoli

          it was a couple of tier difference.

    • snapdad

      I cant believe you actually talk highly of fightpass. u are getting charged 10 bucks a month for what u used to get for free. low quality fight cards, prelims, and TUF.

  • Get2DaChoppa

    He deserves it

  • Denny Swain

    Predicted 2nd rd ko via gnp

  • Obi-Wan Granoli

    it was a good card, i enoyed it! ilir latifi looked f—ing great as well.

  • Denny Swain

    Jones may take a dive with glover to avoid rematch with gus. Or jones will feign injury a couple times to make ufc match gus up with another contender hoping gus will be removed from contender status

  • snapdad

    sorry gus, I didn’t watch the fight. I have crappy internet so I cant watch fight pass. this fight pass is really bumming me out. I never miss a fight, I watch all the ppv and televised cards. but apparently we now have to pay for prelims, low quality fight cards, and now TUF. all these were free before. I thought the move to fox was to make this a mainstream sport. the nfl, nhl, nba, ect. don’t do this. and this is not a way to attract new fans, because news fans are not going to pay for something they are not familiar with. this is just a way to get more money from the hardcore fans.

  • hyderabod

    Sorry, was not impressed, he landed nothing until the eye poke, was looking for a better fight

  • some dude

    And in other news: “Jon Jones announced today he is officially retired.”

  • Kenny Powers

    Gus is such a thug. F’n love this guy.