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UFC 141 Results Recap: Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Alexander Gustafsson

In a Light Heavyweight bout at UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem, Alexander Gustafsson made a big name for himself with his 1st round TKO victory over veteran Vladimir Matyushenko. The fight was stopped at 2:35 of round 1 after a Gustafsson left hand. The 24 year old Swede is now 13-1 overall, 5-1 in the UFC, while The Janitor suffers just the 6th loss of his lengthy career, dropping to 26-6 overall.

This fight was a chance for Gustafsson to truly establish himself as a big player at 205, and he made the most of the opportunity. He showed superior stand-up through the round, using his size well. The end came as Matyushenko moved in to attack. Gustafsson timed a counter jab perfectly, catching Vlad flush as his hands were down and his momentum coming forward, and putting him out.

What was the high spot of this fight?

Clearly, the KO. Beautiful timing and execution displayed by Gustafsson.

Where do these guys go from here?

Gustafsson goes up, up, up. It's hard not to draw comparisons to the last man who defeated Matyushenko - Jon Jones. But there's a reason for those comparisons, as Gustafsson is young and seems poised for greatness. There are a lot of options for his next fight - Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Stephan Bonnar, one of Rampage or Ryan Bader depending how that goes - but I'd most like to see him against Rich Franklin if that works with Franklin's anticipated return.

Some are calling for Matyushenko to retire after this loss. But despite being 40 and coming off this loss, I don't think he's there just yet - after all, he is just one fight removed from the big KO of Jason Brilz. There's still life in this veteran yet. I'd love to see him against Kyle Kingsbury next time out.

Watch it now, later or never?

Now. It's a short fight that welcomes a major new name to the division. Make no mistake, Gustafsson is one of THE names to watch in 2012 - start watching now.

More Bloody Elbow coverage of UFC 141 in the full entry.

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