The UFC Fight Night 38 card came to us from London, England on Saturday with a main event that saw Alexander Gustafsson knock out hometown hero Jimmy Manuwa in the second round. For Gustafsson, who was a massive favorite in the fight, he did his job and sealed his spot as the number one contender and next up for a title shot in the Light Heavyweight division. For Manuwa, who saw his undefeated 14-0 record go by the wayside, he could actually benefit from the loss as he has a lot of potential still and his athleticism was not lost at the highest level.
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The opening round was a bit flat, as Gustafsson avoided Manuwa´s stand up power by getting the takedown. Gustafsson did not do a lot of damage in the ground and pound, electing to control and grind his opponent.
The second round was a different story, as Gustafsson came out and closed the distance into a thai clinch. From there a knee and a pair of uppercuts sent Manuwa down and out.
Now, Jon Jones is getting ready to fight Glover Teixeira on April 26th, so if Jones wins, the rematch would come in the October to December time frame. Should Teixeira pull off the upset and take the belt, Jones will probably get the automatic rematch because of all he has done in the division, so that leaves Gustafsson waiting.
But the UFC wants Gustafsson-Jones 2 and so do the fans. It will be interesting to see where the odds will be set for that fight. As it stands now, they will be a lot closer than the first time out, and Jones will still be a solid favorite in the fight. The bottom line is he won the first meeting. That line could grow a bit tighter should Jones have trouble with Teixeira, but if he dispatches the Brazilian in strong fashion, he will likely open a 2.5 to 3 to 1 favorite over the big Swede.