The Swede took the fight to mat nearly at will and from there he worked some slick ground and pound with some short, slick elbows to the face of Blachowicz. Those two are expected to square off later this year.
Prior to his battle with Blachowicz, Gustafsson revealed to Starsport that he was open in rematching former light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
Following his victory, Gustafsson hopes that this victory will put him on the road to another shot at the title.
Just don't expect him to admit to that. Much like a bout against Andrei Arlovksi, a fight with Werdum has seemed like something that would make sense for ages. "My focus is getting back to that W and winning again".
Josh Barnett beat Andrei Arlovski in Saturday night's main event. If De Randamie is going to be out for too long due to injury, then Katlyn Chookagian just picked up a really good win in her debut and AES would be just the right next step up.
Josh Barnett waited more than a decade to finally get a chance to fight Andrei Arlovski, so he wasn't going to let an eye poke get in the way of finishing the job. "If you look at all the people he's fought over the years or I've fought over the years, we have wins and losses against all-time greats, so it's not so trivial, you know what I mean?" He was taken down by Arlovski, but that takedown went to naught at the time the referee called for a restart. "If we lose a few, well, it happens". The legendary English death metal outfit's classic track "The IVth Crusade" reverberated throughout the arena, and it helped the Pride Fighting Championships veteran survive some bombs from Arlovski and eventually choke out "The Pit Bull" in the third round.
Peter Sobotta looked the best he's ever looked inside the Octagon with a dominant decision victory over Nicolas Dalby in a fight where the Polish, German and now apparently Jamaican representative used great ground-and-pound with sharp elbows to piece his opponent up from top position. It's also interesting to note that as revered as Barnett's submission game is, this was his first victory by tapout since January 2013 when he was still a member of Strikeforce. With most fighters, that would be enough for the powers-that-be to come calling with a pink slip, but that would be ridiculous in this case.
After this loss, Arlovski losing streak has increased to three.
Barnett is now 3-2 in his past five, which dates back three years.
The second round began with Barnett connecting on a right hand and smothered Arlovski against the cage. Gustafsson vs Bader made itself on Saturday night.
As the fight got underway, Barnett and Arlovski came out swinging at each other with a knockout seemingly just inches away as they exchanged a pair of knockdowns in the opening seconds of the bout.
UFC Fight Night: Arlvoski vs. Bader featured eight decisions, two knockouts and one submssion finish. He tied Arlovski up in the clinch and won a key scramble late in the round that led to him moving into mount.