UFC Fight Night 37: Gustafsson finishes Manuwa with awesome combination

UFC fight night 37 Gustafsson vs. Manuwa

Alexander "The Mauler" Gustafsson back on track to challenge the title again after defeating Jimi Manuwa in England


The tall Swedish gives Manuwa his first defeat with an impressive combination in the second round. The first round had little action, Manuwa tried a guillotine but was instead taken down and Gustafsson controlled the ground until the final minute where Manuwa did great to escape to his feet.

In round two, Gustafsson is using his lengthy jabs brilliantly but his Nigerian-British opponent's throws of overhand punches seemed extremely dangerous as well. During that exchange, Gustafsson landed a light uppercut and very quickly he grabbed Manuwa's head to his knee and that was the beginning of the end. One-two punches and close range, accurate uppercuts to Manuwa's jaw. He dropped and Gustafsson swung hammerfists till the ref came to stop the contest.



This fight was awarded the Fight of the Night, which I find very strange because the first only lasted till the beginning of the second round (out of scheduled five rounds) and there wasn't much action until right before it ended. I would've given it to Brad Pickett versus Neil Seery instead as both these fighters went toe to toe all three rounds, which ended with a win to Pickett who had more takedowns and landed more significant strikes. That was an entertaining fight from the Englishmen, especially pleasing for the home crowd there in England. Not gonna talk about the rest. The main event was the only high profile fight of the night to me.

UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa - Full Results


Fight of the Night: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jimi Manuwa
Performance of the Night: Alexander Gustafsson and Gunnar Nelson

MAIN CARD

Light Heavyweight: Alexander Gustafsson def. Jimi Manuwa | TKO (knee and punches) | R2 1:18
Lightweight: Michael Johnson def. Melvin Guillard | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Flyweight: Brad Pickett def. Neil Seery | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Welterweight: Gunnar Nelson def. Omari Akhmedov | Submission (guillotine choke) | R1 4:36


PRELIMINARY CARD

Light Heavyweight: Ilir Latifi def. Cyrille Diabaté | Submission (ninja choke) | R1 3:02
Middleweight: Luke Barnatt def. Mats Nilsson | TKO (head kick and punches) | R1 4:24
Middleweight: Cláudio Henrique da Silva def. Brad Scott | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Welterweight: Igor Araujo def. Danny Mitchell | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Flyweight: Louis Gaudinot def. Phil Harris | Submission (guillotine choke) | R1 1:13

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