Alexander Gustafsson (right) lands a right hand on Vladimir Matyushenko during UFC 141 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Dec. 30, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo via UFC.com.
"He just went right to my jab and he went down and I was shocked. I saw him lying there so I continued the ground-and-pound and the judge came, so I got the TKO. I can't' even believe it happened, I trained so hard and he is such a tough guy to finish, I'm too happy. I wanted to strike and wanted to use my reach. I was prepared for two or three rounds of hard battle but it's my day today."
---Fast rising Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson tells UFC.com that he was "shocked" that he was able to finish a very tough Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem this past weekend (Dec., 2011) in Las Vegas, Nevada. "The Mauler" was able to clean "The Janitor's" clock in the very first round of their 205-pound bout. The win marked the fourth straight for the young Gustafsson and made it five for six overall, all finishes, in his time in UFC; with his only loss coming to wrestling powerhouse Phil Davis at UFC 112: "Invincible" back in 2010. With nothing but an upside for the young contender, it will be interesting to see just who UFC matchmaker Joe Silva matches him up with next. In a stacked light heavyweight division, there should be no problem for Gustafsson to find an opponent quick should he want a fast turnaround. What say you, who do you think is a good match-up to test the skills of the young and talented Swedish mixed martial artist (MMA)?