Gustafsson sends the locals home happy, Stann is back on track with KO
The UFC’s debut in Scandinavia was a rousing success. Despite just two of the five local fighters winning, the home folk went home happy when Alexander Gustafsson won the main event, pounding out a unanimous decision over veteran Thiago Silva. The long 6’5″ Swede scored a flash knockdown at the start and used his reach to pick Silva apart in the stand up to win 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 on the judges cards. Compustrike had Gustafsson with an 83-47 edge in strikes landed.
Gustafsson has won won four straight since his only career loss to Phil “Mr Wonderful” Davis and has created enough buzz in the sport to possibly be in line for a light-heavyweight title shot vs the winner of Jon Jones vs Rashad Evans Saturday at UFC 145 in Atlanta.
In the Fuel 2 co-main event, Brian Stann got back on the winning track with an easy knockout win over outmanned Alessio Sakara. A Silver Star winning ex-marine who served in the Middle East, Stann already had major rep as one of the sports good guys. Stann earned more points Saturday by pulling off Sakara after seeing his opponent was clearly out cold. Stann was off a reality check loss to Chael Sonnen in his last but is back on track for another big fight after a razor sharp performance. Stann could be in line to face the winner of Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares
Stann wins by KO
Siyar Bahazurdada introduced himself to the UFC with a stunning 42-second knockout over Paulo Thiago. The Brazilian special-ops officer got caught charging forward with a big right hand and wound up face down on the mat out cold. Bahazurdada earned the $50 thousand KO of the Night bonus and improved his overall record to 21-4. Paulie Thiago has now lost three of his last four and fell to 14-4, 4-4 in the UFC.
Dennis Siver had some problem cutting weight in making his featherweight debut but managed to win a unanimous decision over Diego Nunes. Neither fighter was in trouble during the fight with Siver landing the more often and the more telling punches. The win establishes Siver (20-8, 9-5 UFC) as a top featherweight, Nunes (17-3, 2-2 UFC) will have to reevaluate his career.
John McGuire took down the 50K Submission of the Night bonus getting the tap from DeMarques Johnson with a brilliant armbar at 4:40 of the second round. McGuire improved to 2-0 in the UFC, 18-3 overall. Johnson fell to 16-10, 4-4 in the UFC.
Fight of the Night honors and 50 dimes a piece went to Brad Pickett and Damacio Page. After a back-and-forth non-stop first nine minutes, Pickett ended matters with a rear naked choke at the 4:05 mark of the second round. Pickett could be looking at a bout with Brian Bowles. Page lost for the third straight time and will be hoping that his game performance will keep him from being cut.
Saturday signals the return of light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones who will fight Rashad Evans at UFC 145 in Atlanta. BOTN will be up and at ’em on Friday with a complete card preview and predictions. BTW, BOTN had a rare losing day on Saturday going 7-5 but dropping 90 cents … about one full unit. The DeBlass and Abedi losses at -200 were especially hurtful.
Jones vs Evans War of Words
Fights on the UFC 145 main card
Champion Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans (for light-heavyweight title)
Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills
Ben Rothwell vs. Brendan Schaub
Michael McDonald vs. Miguel Torres
Mark Hominick vs. Eddie Yagin
John Alessio vs. Mark Bocek
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