26 July 2020 06:45
Alexander Gustafsson's UFC on ESPN 14 fight against former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum did not play out as he envisioned. In his heavyweight debut, Gustafsson (18-7 MMA, 10-7 UFC) was submitted in the first round by Werdum (24-9-1 MMA, 12-6 UFC). After some brief exchanges on the feet, Werdum dragged Gustafsson to the mat. From there, Werdum took Gustafsson's back and eventually worked his way into a fight-ending armbar. Shortly after the loss, Gustafsson issued a statement on Twitter expressing a mix emotions.
He also promoted his teammate, Khamzat Chimaev, who picked up a win earlier in the evening against Rhys McKee. "It's sucks to lose but I'm alive and healthy it's a sport, a sport that I love!" Gustafsson wrote. "Thanks Werdum for a great fight and the UFC for the opportunity! Now let's celebrate my brother and teammate kamza borz!!! He's coming for everyone, be ready" Gustafsson, 33, now has lost three consecutive fights.
Prior to the Werdum loss, Gustafsson was submitted by Anthony Smith, which led to retirement until his return Saturday. UFC on ESPN 14 took place at Flash Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The card simulcasted on ESPN and ESPN+. Fabricio Werdum and Alexander Gustafsson faced off in a Heavyweight bout tonight (Sat., July 25, 2020) at UFC on ESPN 14 from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Werdum landed a hard low kick to start the fight. Gustafsson showed the body jab, but Werdum dug low twice more. Gustafsson found a home for his right, but Werdum attacked a single leg takedown. The Brazilian pulled Gustafsson into a half guard and immediately snuck out the back door! Gustafsson tried to stand up, but Werdum drug him back down and jumped on the armbar. Werdum rolled his way into top position while still on the arm. Werdum extended the arm and forced the tap! WOW! Werdum finished his UFC career in style, showing up in better shape and punting his opponent's lead leg. Then, he completely sold out on his grappling, and it paid off with a beautiful armbar! Result: Fabricio Werdum defeats Alexander Gustafsson via first-round armbar For complete UFC on ESPN 14: "Whittaker vs. Till" results and play-by-play, click HERE!