Granted, Jared Hamman is not exactly a world-beater, but the bout marked Gustafsson’s Octagon unveiling. It was also an excellent indication of what was to come with Gustafsson knocking Hamman out in 41 seconds. Unfortunately, Gustafsson followed up the performance with a submission loss to Phil Davis, showing he was also still raw and needed some fine tuning before being unleashed against the upper echelon of the 205-pound division.
Light heavyweight title-contender Alexander Gustafsson has spent years studying inside an eight-sided classroom for the test he’s scheduled to take on Saturday night when he faces champion Jon Jones at UFC 165. The 26-year old Swede has racked up a 15-1 record in his career including success in six straight showdowns and should be fully prepared to try and deliver the first legitimate loss of Jones’ career. Aiding “The Mauler” in his quest to wear divisional gold will no doubt be the experience he has compiled in the cage against a number of tough opponents including a former UFC champion. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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