The main event of UFC Fight Night 37 is a colossal Light Heavyweight bout with major title implications. Former #1 contender, Alexander Gustafsson, takes on the undefeated Englishman, Jimi Manuwa.
Gustafsson (15-2, 7-2 UFC) is coming off a razor close decision loss to Light Heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, back at UFC 165. The fight is considered by many to be the greatest title fight in the history of the UFC, and really opened fans eyes as to how good Gustafsson truly is. Dana White has made it clear that with a win tonight, Gustafsson will get a shot at the title again.
Manuwa (14-0, 3-0 UFC) is looking to play spoiler tonight in front of his home crowd. This will be the biggest test of Manuwa’s career, and he is ready to shock the world. If Manuwa is able to beat Gustafsson, expect him to be in the title picture later on this year.
Round 1: They touch gloves to start. Jimi with a jab and a low kick immediately. Gus answers with a kick and hook of his own. Big takedown from Gus right into half guard. Gus has wrist control and is fishing for a kimura. Elbows from Gus to the body of Jimi. Shoulder strike from Gus, and another two. Right hand from Gus and Jimi gets into full guard. Left hand from Gus. Jimi pushes Gus off and Gus tries to take his back, but Jimi gets to his feet. Jab from Gus, and a takedown is stuffed. Knee to the face from Jimi. Leg kick from Gus, and he misses an uppercut. Body shot from Jimi. 1-2 from Gus lands. 10-9 Gus
Round 2: Big inside leg kick from Jimi. Left hook and body kick from Gus. Straight right and uppercut from Gus. Jimi is poked in the eye, and they stop the fight momentarily. On the restart, jabs from Gus. Overhand right from Manuwa. Outside leg kick from Jimi. Big overhand right from Jimi. Uppercut and knee from Gus hurt Jimi badly. Two big uppercuts and Manuwa is dropped. Huge hammerfists from Gus and Manuwa is finished. What a performance by Alexander Gustafsson.
Official Decision: Alexander Gustafsson defeats Jimi Manuwa by TKO Round 2 (1:18)