Alexander Gustafsson def. James Te Huna via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), photo via Daniel Herbertson, FanHouse
In light heavyweight action, rising Swedish prospect Alexander Gustafsson impressed in his performance on Saturday night at UFC 127 by submitting New Zealand-born fighter James Te Huna at 4:27 of the first round. Gustafsson succumbed to the power of Te Huna early as he was tossed to the ground and battered from top control in the opening moments of the round. Te Huna was able to use his strength for much of the round, but the length of Gustafsson along with his grappling prowess allowed him to out smart the brute force of Te Huna's attacks.
Toward the end of the round, Te Huna shot in for a takedown that was immediately stuffed by Gustafsson. Instantly, Gustafsson transitioned to the back and sunk in the hooks, locking down a rear naked choke as Te Huna franticly tried to escape. As Te Huna rolled out of the choke, Gustafsson buried punches into Te Huna's chin, causing him to roll back over and allowing Gustafsson to once again sink in the choke. This time, Te Huna could not escape.
The performance puts Gustafsson on a two-fight winning streak and on track to fight some better competition in the future. With a highly-regarded training partner in Phil Davis and an always improving skill-set, the 24-year-old Gustafsson could be the future of the division.