Alexander Gustafsson only had one obstacle left between himself and a rematch with current UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones. Unfortunately for the Swede, that obstacle happened to be Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.
The top tier light-heavyweights met in the main event of UFC on Fox 14 which took place in Gustafsson’s home country of Sweden. The bout started off with a fast and furious pace but after an unintentional eye poke from Gustafsson, Johnson took over the bout. Johnson landed a heavy right hand that put Gustafsson on wobbly legs before unloading a bevvy of head kicks and punches that dropped the Swede. It did not get much better for Gustafsson on the mat as Johnson unloaded with punch after punch before referee Marc Goddard jumped in to call a stop to the bout.
The win elevates Johnson to the top contender spot in the light-heavyweight division and a date inside the Octagon with Jones this Summer. Gustafsson drops to 1-1 since his bout with Jones, but is likely just a win or two away from a title shot.
In the night’s co-main event, Gegard Mousasi made quick work of MMA legend Dan Henderson. After a competitive first minute, Mousasi countered an overhand right from Henderson with a lightning fast right straight behind the former PRIDE champion’s ear. Henderson dropped to the floor and Mousasi landed two more punches on the ground before referee Leon Roberts stepped in to call the bout. The bout wasn’t without controversy as it seemed that Henderson still had his wits about him before and after the stoppage. None the less, the win advances Mousasi to 35-5-2 and drops Henderson to 30-13 and 1-5 in his last six.
Also on the main card was a bout between top ranked light-heavyweights Phil Davis and Ryan Bader. Bader picked up a split decision over Davis in a bout that did not belong anywhere near a FOX main card. Both men were hesitant to engage and even when they did, it was hardly effective. “Darth” Bader was the slightly more active fighter during the bout which likely led to him picking up the decision. Bader improves to 19-4 with the win while Davis drops to 13-3.
Rounding out the main card were featherweights Akira Corassani and Sam Sicilia. Both men opened the bout with a furious pace that would have won it “Fight of the Night” had it gone all three rounds. After a back and forth three minutes, Sicilia landed a brutal right hand that stiffened Corassani like a board. The vicious knockout pushes Sicilia to 14-5 while Corassani drops his third straight and goes to 12-6 with one no contest.
Full UFC on Fox 14 results are below:
Main Card (FOX)
Light Heavyweight Bout: Anthony Johnson def. Alexander Gustafsson via TKO (punches) at 2:15 of round one.
Middleweight Bout: Gegard Mousasi def. Dan Henderson via TKO (punches) at 1:10 of round one.
Light Heavyweight Bout:Ryan Bader def. Phil Davis via decision (split) (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Featherweight Bout: Sam Sicilia def. Akira Corassani via KO (punches) at 3:26 of round one.
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Welterweight Bout: Albert Tumenov def. Nico Musoke via decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Welterweight Bout: Kenny Robertson def. Sultan Aliev via KO (punch) at 2:42 of round one.
Featherweight Bout: Makwan Amirkhani def. Andy Ogle via TKO (flying knee to the body & punches) at 0:06 of round one.
Light Heavyweight Bout: Nikita Krylov def. Stanislav Nedkov via Submission (standing guillotine choke) at 1:24 of round one.
Lightweight Bout: Mairbek Taisumov def. Anthony Christodoulou via KO (punches) at 0:38 of round two.
Catchweight (149 lbs) Bout: Mirsad Bektic def. Paul Redmond via decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Heavyweight Bout: Viktor Pešta def. Konstantin Erokhin via decision (unanimous) (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Flyweight Bout: Neil Seery def. Chris Beal via decision (unanimous) (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)