UFC Fight Night 37 started and ended with a bang. The night started with Louis Gaudinot’s quick submission win over Phil Harris and ended with Alexander Gustafsson’s thunderous TKO of Jimi Manuwa. Were these performances good enough for Gaudinot and Gustafsson to find their way onto our top three performers list? Take a look below to find out!
3. Ilir Latifi
After a disappointing UFC debut against Gegard Mousasi, Ilir Latifi needed to make a statement against Cyrille Diabate. 3 minutes and two seconds into the first round, the statement was made.
Latifi needed just one takedown attempt to easily dump Diabate on his back. From there, the Swedish Wrestling champion quickly advanced position and locked up a ninja choke to seal the deal. The win surely erases the bad taste left from his UFC debut and positions him to be a solid light-heavyweight for years to come.
2. Alexander Gustafsson
Alexander Gustafsson’s destruction of knockout Jimi Manuwa was nothing short of spectacular. Manuwa had no answer for Gustafsson’s offense in any facet of MMA. The entire first round was a grappling clinic by Gustafsson and the second round featured devastating striking from the Swede.
The performance against Manuwa was badly needed for Gustafsson, who showed that his near victory over Jon Jones was no fluke. If Gustafsson’s performance against Manuwa is any indication, “The Mauler” is only improving and could be the fighter best fit to dethrone Jones.
1. Gunnar Nelson
Gunnar Nelson’s last performance against Jorge Santiago turned me off of him as a prospect. He had trouble finishing a chinny fighter who was on extremely wobbly legs to end the third round. His performance on Saturday night against Omari Akhmedov made me a believer again.
Akhmedov was virtually helpless against Nelson. After knocking down his foe with a straight left, Nelson quickly moved into mount where he demolished Akhmedov with elbows before locking in a fight ending guillotine. While Akhmedov is far from top tier competition, pitching a shutout at this level is very impressive. I cannot wait until Nelson’s next bout.
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