UFC Fight Night will be an opportunity for both boxers to return to winning ways. Gustafsson and also Smith both lost their previous fights with both coincidentally taking place versus Jon Jones just over two months apart.
Gustafsson’s last round was on December 29th of in 2015 as he stopped working to win the Light Heavyweight Champion thanks to a 3rd round TKO. Smith’s spell against Jones went to the judges’ decision after he and Jones fought for five rounds without a winner.
Smith does have much more experience than Gustafsson. The American has tallied a 31-14 record in blended fighting styles. Smith had won 3 successive fights prior to his title round versus Jones. Now, he is dealing with to get one more chance at the Light Heavyweight Championship. “Lionheart” will certainly need a good efficiency against Gustafsson to get rid of the Swede in Stockholm.
Gustafsson might have much less experience than his challenger, however he has built a solid 18-5 blended martial musician record. “The Mauler” has actually had some prominent battles throughout his years in UFC. Although he is yet to win a championship, Gustafsson has battled Jones on two events for Light Heavyweight Champion. Their 2013 title fight was called Battle of the Year.
Both competitors are back to fresh start in regards to getting a championship round. A loss could eliminate one of both from a title fight for some time.
205 lbs.: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Smith
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205 lbs.: Jimi Manuwa vs. Aleksandar Rakic
145 lbs.: Makwan Amirkhani vs. Chris Fishgold
155 lbs.: Christos Giagos vs. Damir Hadzovic
145 lbs.: Daniel Teymur vs. Sung Bin Jo