Alexander Gustafsson vs. James Te Huna Full Fight Video

UFC 127 took place February 26, 2011. This card featured a light heavyweight match between Alexander Gustafsson and James Te Huna.

This would be Alex’s 4th fight in the UFC. He had 2 wins and 1 loss, defeating Jared Hamman by KO and Cyrille Diabate by submission. His one loss was to Phil Davis by submission in round 1. He was a tall and strong light heavyweight with a well rounded fight game. His length and height match the current champion, Jon Jones.

This would be Te Huna’s 2nd fight in the UFC. His last fight was at UFC 110. He defeated Igor Pokrajac by KO in the 3rd round. Being the shorter fighter, Te Huna will have to find a way to close the distance against the dynamic and lengthy Swedish fighter.

Round 1: Both fighters touch gloves in the center then engage. Alex circles on the outside while Te Huna moves forward. Alex comes in with a quick one-two combo, and Te Huna grabs his body in a clinch. He backs up Alex towards the cage, but Alex picks James up and drops him to the canvas.

Te Huna pops right back up and they both continue to clinch. Te Huna drops down and carries Alex’s weight over in a nice takedown. He mounts Alex and looks to gain a good top position. Alex is scrambling and bucking his hips, trying to stop Te Huna from gaining a good position. Te Huna gets side control, and starts working to score some offense.

He lands a few medium shots to the side of Alex’s face, but nothing greatly damaging. Alex is defending well, covering his face and looking for opportunities to stand back up. Alex gets a hold of Te Huna’s neck and keeps control of his posture. Te Huna is landing body shots and occasional shots to Alex’s face, but nothing threatening to end the fight.

Alex manages to lock up full guard, preventing Te Huna from posturing up to reign down punches. Te Huna continues to work from Alex’s guard, landing shots to the body and the head. Alex is still defending, attempting to keep control of Te Huna’s neck and head. Te Huna is scoring more offense now, landing a solid elbow, and more frequent punches.

Te Huna postures up again, and Alex uses that moment to throw an upkick that misses. Alex quickly scrambles to his feet and Te Huna grabs his body once more and presses him into the cage. Te Huna has his hands clasped around Alex’s body, looking for another takedown. Alex is defending well, keeping the takedown at bay.

Te Huna pulls Alex away from the cage, holding one of his legs up in the air. They go back into the cage, and Alex gets his arms around Te Huna’s neck. Te Huna continues to work Alex into the cage, looking for a takedown. Alex finally backs Te Huna up toward the center of the cage, then grabs one of Te Huna’s legs and slams him down. Alex is in side control and starts working immediately. Te Huna is able to scramble and both men stand up.

Te Huna drops down again and grabs Alex body, pushing him into the cage. Te Huna drops down lower and is able to get Alex down onto his knees. Te Huna has a hold of Alex’s leg, but Alex escapes scoots around to Te Huna’s back. Alex quickly gets the hooks in and flattens James out. Once he gets him flat, Alex quickly wraps his arm around Te Huna’s neck and gets a rear-naked choke locked in.

Te Huna tries to fight it off and Alex rolls him over. He lets go of the choke and drops 3 or 4 punches to James face. When James rolls back over, Alex sinks in the choke again. After only a few seconds, Te Huna is forced to tap out and the ref separates the two. Alexander Gustafsson defeats James Te Huna by submission in round 1.

Renan Barao defeats McDonald to retain UFC Interim Bantamweight Title

The UFC on Fuel 7 proved to be an entertaining event. Renan Barao retained his interim Bantamweight title by defeating Michael McDonald with an arm triangle choke in the fourth round. However, Barao did not walk through McDonald. McDonald had some flurries in early rounds that definitely did damage to Barao. Nevertheless, in the end, Barao used all his tools and ability to put McDonald away and retain his belt.

Cub Swanson continued his winning ways with a unanimous decision over Dustin Poirier. Swanson did it with his striking, but the last round his impressive ground game sealed Poirier fate. Swanson has now rattled of 4 straight wins, and is moving atop the ranks in the featherweight division.

In other action, James Te-Huna survived a brutal leg kick upside his head by Jimmo followed by a series of nasty punches. Te-Huna quickly turned things around after weathering the storm, and took advantage of a winded Jimmo to get a unanimous decision. Gunnar Nelson and Matthew Riddle also picked up victories in their matches. Jimi Manuwa defeated Cyrille Diabate, when Diabate was unable to continue due to injury. Next up UFC 157!

UFC on Fuel TV: Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald

This Saturday the Fuel TV 7 card will air from historic Wembley Arena in London. The main event is features Renan Barao going up against Michael McDonald in a battle for the interim bantamweight title.

Che Mills and Matthew Riddle will meet in a welterweight bout. Mills has won 7 of his last 8, with that one lost coming to Rory MacDonald. While Riddle has been dealing with personal obstacles stemming from his drug suspension last year, to the birth of twin daughters.

James Te-Huna will face Ryan Jimmo. These to light-heavyweights both possess loads of KO power. If you recall Ryan Jimmo recorded the fastest KO in UFC history the last time he stepped into the Octagon.

Gunnar Nelson an undefeated BJJ blackbelt will try and keep his perfect MMA record on the line against Jorge Santiago. Santiago has been kind of hit or miss lately, and this will be his first fight back in the UFC.

Jimi Manuwa who is also undefeated in his MMA career with 12 wins and 11 coming by way of KO, will face Cyrille Diabate a former lengthy kickboxer who also has the ability to put you to sleep.

Cub Swanson is on a three fight win streak, and during this streak he has finished every one of his opponents. Dustin Poirer would like to put an end to that in this featherweight match –up.

Finally we have the interim Bantamweight title with Barao going up against McDonald. McDonald is impressive at 15-1 and his last two fights he finished his opponents with impressive KO’s. However he has a huge task in facing Barao who currently holds one of the longest unbeaten streaks in MMA today at 29 fights dating back to 2005.