Shogun Rua vs. Alexander Gustafsson
: Gustafsson drops Shogun fast with a right hand. Shogun manages to roll and catches Gustafsson in a heel hook. Gustafsson back to his feet, but Rua has him bodylocked from behind. Shogun drops and goes for a leg lock, but doesn't get it. They're back to center Octagon. Gustafsson with a takedown. Rua again goes for his legs and the Swede gets back to his feet. Rua tags Gustafsson with a right hand. All this and we're only two minutes in. Gustafsson back up, but Rua isn't giving up. he's got Gustafsson against the fence and he's throwing knees. They break. Rua rushes in a closes the distance to neutralize Gustafsson's reach. When he doesn't, Gustafsson tends to connect. Rua with a two-punch combo. One minute left. A grappling contest along the fence. Gustafsson goes for a takedown and doesn't get it. MMAFighting scores the round for Mauricio Rua, 10-9.
: More of the same early, as Gustafsson lands when they're at distance and Rua scores when he closes in. They end up in a stalemate along the fence, causing ref Dan Miragliotta to re-start them. Two minutes in. Rua goes for a takedown, but ends up on his back. Gustafsson stands and lands a punch, but then backs off and lets Rua back up. Rua connects on two big rights. Gustafsson with a takedown, but Rua gets back to his feet and clinches Gustafsson. Another takedown with about a minute left. They're standing again, Gustafsson lands a knee in the clinch. Gustafsson with a right uppercut, followed by a knee. MMAFighting scores the round for Alexander Gustafsson, 10-9 (19-19 overall).
: Gustafsson goes for a takedown, which leads to a scramble. Gustafsson tries to get Shogun's back, but can't. They're standing again. Shogun noticeably slower than earlier in the fight. Another takedown by Gustafsson. he lands a couple elbows and then stands again. Midway through the round. A body shot sends Rua scampering backwards. Gustafsson lands a big left hand and a knee. Gustafsson has Shogun locked against the fence. Big Dan breaks them. One minute left. Shogun losing the fight, but still looking for a home run finish. They grapple in center Octagon in the closing seconds and Gustafsson scores a trip right before the horn. MMAFighting scores the round for Alexander Gustafsson, 10-9 (29-28 overall)
This fight went much like the Penn/MacDonald fight.
The older guard not doing so well tonight against the up and comers.