Daniel Cormier retains light heavyweight title in a close fight against Alexander Gustafsson
If it wasn't for the performances in the main event, this card would've been a complete bore. Sage Northcut's TKO was what's going viral but seriously, besides being a 19-year-old karate practitioner in the cage, it wasn't really an impressive finish. His opponent Francisco Trevino simply slipped and Northcut just rushed into punching him while he's trying to get back up. All bouts in the entire main card ended in the judges' hands, including the boring co-main event fight between Rashad Evans (19-4-1) and Ryan Bader (20-4) which the latter won 'cause Evans was practically sleepwalking in the fight. And the cancellation of the bout between Johny Hendricks (17-3) and Tyron Woodley (15-3) didn't help either as the former destroyed himself during his weightcut.
Alexander Gustafsson (16-4) has lost to the actual light heavyweight champ Jon Jones, then loss the title eliminator fight against Anthony Johnson, and now he's defeated by the current champ Daniel Cormier (17-1) too. It may not sound like he's in the top 3 of the division's ranking, but his performance was bold. The tall 28-year-old Swedish utilised his lengthy range on standup against the shorter but buffer 36-year-old, which was mildly effective in the first round as Cormier kept moving forward, eventually got the double-leg and lifted Gus up wildly before throwing him down hard and ended on half guard where he stayed there for a while for some ground and pound. That's some top class Olympian wrestling right there.
In the second round, Gus emerges and take down the wrestler twice while cutting the bottom of Cormier's eye with a punch. Gus' jab and leg kicks were his greatest arsenal, whereas for Cormier, he just kept going for the clinch and delivering the uppercuts, and Gus had not answer for that. This clinch move by Cormier was used in almost every round at anywhere on the cage, and not on the fence, which was impressive. He simply grabbed Gus' neck with his left hand, pulled his head down and fucked his face up with the uppercuts. Gus had an almost-finish in the third round when he knocked down Cormier with a clean knee to the chin followed by a hook punch. I thought it was over but Cormier defended well and almost immediately weathered the storm even though he was probably half-conscious. Both fighters' conditioning were great, lasting all five rounds at high pace, but it was Cormier who kept pressing while Gus just kept running away and ran out of ideas. It was a split decision in the end, but a clear win for Cormier.
UFC 192: Cormier vs. Gustafsson - Full Results
Main CardLight Heavyweight Title: Daniel Cormier (c) def. Alexander Gustafsson | Decision (split) | 5 rounds
Light Heavyweight: Ryan Bader def. Rashad Evans | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Heavyweight: Ruslan Magomedov def. Shawn Jordan | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Flyweight: Joseph Benavidez def. Ali Bagautinov | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Women's Bantamweight: Julianna Peña def. Jessica Eye | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Preliminary CardFeatherweight: Yair Rodríguez def. Dan Hooker | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Welterweight: Albert Tumenov def. Alan Jouban | TKO (head kick & punches) | R1 2:55
Lightweight: Adriano Martins def. Islam Makhachev | KO (punch) | R1 1:46
Women's Strawweight: Rose Namajunas def. Angela Hill | T. Submission (standing RNC) | R1 2:47
Catchweight (160 lbs): Sage Northcutt def. Francisco Trevino | TKO (elbows & punches) | R1 0:57
Flyweight: Sergio Pettis def. Chris Cariaso | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis def. Viktor Pešta | TKO (punches) | R3 1:15
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