When Gustafsson submitted Cyrille Diabate fans wondered if it was a fluke based on the Swedish scrapper’s propensity for putting opponents away with strikes prior to the victory. However, he picked up a second tap-out against James Te Huna, sinking in a Rear-Naked Choke in the first frame of their fight. For the first time it was clear there was more to Gustafsson than his stand-up.
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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