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Video: UFC 133 Breakout Star Alexander Gustafsson Discusses Big Win Over Matt Hamill


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When Swedish light-heavyweight prospect Alexander Gustafsson (12-1) stepped into the cage against Matt Hamill at UFC 133 on Saturday night, he was already carrying UFC victories over Jared Hamman, Cyrille Diabate, and James Te-Huna, all by stoppage. But his savage second-round TKO of Hamill (gif after the jump) represented his first big-name scalp, and now sets the 24-year-old on a steep upward trajectory.

Asked about his improvements since his sole career loss to Phil Davis in April 2010, Gustafsson said, “I see myself like, I want to beat the Alex who was fighting against Te-Huna. Next fight I want to beat the Alex who fought Matt Hamill. I want to be better after every practice, and evolve, progress.”

Hamill came in as a short-notice replacement for Vladimir Matyushenko, and said after the fight that not having a full training camp led to him feeling fatigued and weak against Gustafsson. Though the UFC gave Hamill credit for stepping up, his future in the UFC is somewhat uncertain. Meanwhile, Gustafsson is a new golden boy in the 205-pound division. Any suggestions on who he should fight next?

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EoinMMA- August 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm
Alexander should fight sosczynski or bonnar next, but i wanna see bonnar vs franklin
XENOPHON- August 8, 2011 at 11:55 am
@blaphtome

I saw the same reserve as you. He could have easily picked up the pace and intensity of those blows if he needed too. I think by that stage he was cognitively aware a stoppage was imminent.
Me likey- August 8, 2011 at 9:21 am
bonnar or krystoff. middle of the pack fighters and sure to be a slugfest. bader would be a nice step up in competition and might let everyone know how his wrestling is.
Dmonicideals- August 8, 2011 at 8:51 am
@Ninja: You don't watch many fights, do you? It was a beating, yes, but nothing more special than any other late stoppage tko.
blaphtome- August 8, 2011 at 8:33 am
Anyone else notice he seemed to hold back what could have been a very damaging elbow? Classy move I thought.
Bandito- August 8, 2011 at 8:06 am
I think the obvious fight for him would be Tito.
SumDumGuy- August 8, 2011 at 8:04 am
Give him the Charlatan cowerd of a math teacher who ducked him just now....
newdeal- August 8, 2011 at 7:42 am
hamill is overrated. he is very slow and among the fighters who seem to focus on their poor striking so much they forget how to wrestle
Pen Fifteen- August 8, 2011 at 7:28 am
Dubbing Gustaffson a "breakout star" seems a bit hyperbolic to me. Sure the beatdown was impressive, but Dirty Dan let that one go on for way, way too long, and Matt Hammill hasn't looked impressive against anyone since his headkick KO of Mark Muñoz, and that was over two years ago. I say throw him in with another mid-level guy like Brilz, Cane, Kingsbury, or even rebook Matyushenko. If he can wait until next year, maybe Thiago Silva.
Ninja- August 8, 2011 at 7:04 am
been a long time since I have seen a full mount beat down as comprehensive as that.
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