Alexander Gustafsson is now 0-2 in a pair of hotly contested Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title fights after reigning light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was awarded a (relatively) controversial split-decision win over "The Mauler" last night (Oct. 3, 2015) in their UFC 192 pay-per-view (PPV) headliner, which took place inside Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
In what was a bloody affair, "DC" was able to springboard off his normally potent wrestling game -- he notched a takedown in round one -- to have success in striking over the Swedish powerhouse. For five frames, Cormier (17-1) stalked Gustafsson (16-4), bringing the fight to his doorstep in the way of powerful uppercuts and several crushing hooks.
However, the 28-year-old Swede was able to take down Cormier twice in the second round. He also stunned the American Kickboxing Academy staple with a stinging knee and left hook in the waning seconds of round three, which many would say put Gustafsson up 2-1.
Rounds four and five were pretty much up for grabs, but Cormier was typically the aggressor as he continued to follow Gustafsson every which way he turned pelting him hooks and instigating the clinch, while the latter looked to land as many leg kicks and uppercuts as he could.
A commendable showing by champion and challenger, with only one man moving on to presumably face former pound-for-pound star Jon Jones at a later date.