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In the co-main event of UFC on Fox 5, Alexander Gustafsson picked up the biggest win of his career by defeated former Pride and UFC champion Mauricio Rua in their light heavyweight bout. The big Swedish fighter used his reach advantage and some timely takedowns to mostly control the fight. Shogun was able to land some big shots, but Gustafsson's chin held up and his fast pace ended up gassing Shogun out. The final scores were 30-27, 30-27, and 30-26.
Gustafsson (15-1, 7-1 UFC) bumped his winning streak to six and has apparently earned a shot at the UFC light heavyweight title at some point down the road. Shogun (21-7, 5-5 UFC) has now alternated wins and losses in his last eight bouts, albeit against the best fighters his division has to offer.
What was the high point of the fight?
Gustafsson dropped Shogun very early in the fight and swarmed for the finish, but was unable to get it.
Where do they go from here?
Gustafsson solidified his spot as a top-five light heavyweight in the UFC and will get more big name opponents going forward. He'll definitely have to fight again before a possible title shot, and it seems to me that the best option would see him face the winner of the UFC 156 bout between Rashad Evans and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
Shogun is still a top LHW himself, and there are a bunch of options for him. He could face the loser of the Evans/Lil Nog bout; a rematch with Dan Henderson is possible if Hendo loses to Lyoto Machida; or he could even possibly face the winner of the Glover Teixeira vs. Quinton Jackson bout, depending on what happens.
Watch now, later, or never?
Later. While the bout was pretty good, it wasn't a surefire fight of the night or anything, and you're not missing a lot by checking it out later.