Alexander Gustafsson defeats Thiago Silva in home turf.
Thiago Silva had entered into hostile territory last night when he sought to redeem himself by taking out the native Swede. Unfortunately for Silva, he was unable to spoil party in Sweden, loosing at the hands of the very talented Gustafsson by way of unanimous decision. The rising star never looked better and put a beating on the Brazilian, making good use of his range and footwork. This was the 25 year olds toughest fight to date in front of his home crowd and his first main event in the UFC, so questions arose as to whether the pressure would throw him off guard? Not for a hungry fighter like Gustafsson, as he out classed the aggressive Brazilian.
In the first round Silva was stalking his opponent hoping to connect with a powerful overhand right, Gustafsson well wise to his tactic countered with a devastating uppercut that sent the home crowd spiralling out of control. Silva managed to get back to his feet though visibly hurt and bleeding over his forehead. In the second round Gustafsson easily tossed Silva to the ground and continued to avoid his punches by circling the octagon displaying an unorthodox style which mirrored that of current light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, and proved difficult for Silva as he continued to be ambushed by a combination of punches, kicks and knees, much to the excitement of the home crowd.
The judges scored the fight 30-27 all in favour of the Swede. Gustafsson’s striking was superb so it would be interesting to see he how matches up against an established wrestler such as Dan Henderson or Ryan Bader. One thing is for sure, look out Jon Jones we have a new addition to the light heavyweight division.
Brian Stann moves ever so close to middleweight title shot.
Brian Stann successfully climbed back to the top of the middleweight division with a first round knockout victory over Alessio Sakara. The talk of this fight was the power of Stann and it took only 2 minutes before it was showcased, as the hard hitter threw two vicious knees that dropped Sakara to the mat, although not knocking him out just yet. The Romanian solider managed to defend himself and pull guard for the time being hoping to stop the onslaught, but it didn’t stop the ex military leader from attacking as he delivered two short punches that sent Sakara’s eyes rolling back into oblivion. The American war hero saw that his opponent was unconscious before the referre and stopped punching so as to prevent any further damage to the Italian, which showed real sportsmanship.
The all American is without a doubt the most powerful striker in the division and after finishing such a dangerous striker in such easy fashion certainly puts him in line to either face the winner of Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen for the tile or perhaps Michael Bisping for a number one contender ship bout, either way Stann is en route to becoming a dominant force of the division.