At just 25-years-old, the #9 Ranked Light heavyweight, Alexander Gustafsson (14-1) fought Thiago Silva and made a statement in his home country of Sweden. The bout served as the headliner of UFC on Fuel 2, and if you missed it live, here are the highlights courtesy of Fuel TV:
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Since that short highlight video might not be enough, here's the complete play-by-play of the fight from our live blog of the event:
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Thiago Silva - Round 1 - Gustafsson coming out staying outside while Silva throws some power shots that miss. Leg kick from Silva misses. Gustafsson tags him and Silva is hurt but he can't finis him. They're back to standing, Gustafsson tees off and Silva is bleeding. Gustafsson lands hard again but Silva lands a nice counter punch. Gustafsson doing a good job with combination punching and keeping Silva from getting set for much more than the occasional leg kick. 10-9 Gustafsson.
Round 2 - Gustafsson tossed him to the ground early but they're standing again and the Gustafsson combinations are still flowing. Tremendous combination by Gustafsson now that chases Silva backward. Silva is mainly just chasing and then Gustafsson tags him. Silva did land a nice right hand in the later part of the round though. 10-9 Gustafsson.
Round 3 - More of the same early in the round as Silva can't catch up to his foe and is eating punches for his trouble. Silva is landing the occasional leg kick still, but Gustafsson's uppercuts and hooks are much more effective. Big Knee and an uppercut by Gustafsson, and another uppercut. Silva comes on strong at the end of the round but too little, too late. 10-9 Gustafsson.
Official Scorecards: 30-27, 30-27, 29-28. Alexander Gustafsson wins by unanimous decision.