Gustafsson vs. Smith is one more great fight of Ultimate Fighting Championship. It is the main event of UFC Fight Night 153. It’s the light heavyweight bout which will take place in Stockholm, Sweden. Both light heavyweights will have a serious confrontation. Review our thoughts on this bout here below.
On the 1st of June, UFC comes back to Stockholm, Sweden. The main event of the evening will be a light heavyweight bout between former UFC Light Heavyweight Championship challengers Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson (18-5) and Anthony “Lionheart” Smith (31-14). This fight will take place at the Ericsson Globe. Both fighters fought the light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in their last fights but both lost. Now they are looking forward to getting another shot at the title.
Despite his losses to UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones and then-champion Daniel Cormier, Alexander Gustafsson is one of the greatest light heavyweights in UFC history. He’s fought for the light heavyweight title 3 times and unfortunately, he lost all of them. Back at UFC 232 in December “The Mauler” got his rematch with Jon Jones for vacant UFC Light Heavyweight title. The Swedish native got TKO’d in the 3rd round and lost his chance again to become UFC Light Heavyweight champion. Now he is looking to get another shot at the title once again. Gustafsson is a solid boxer, the very good striker has real knockout power. Also “The Mauler” has a great chin – he has never been knocked out. His wrestling is also good, and submission game is solid. In addition, he is young but has a lot of experience in the octagon.
Anthony Smith is also coming off a loss to Jon Jones. Back at UFC 235, he lost by a unanimous decision. It was a quite good performance for “Lionheart” because not all fighters would stand in Jon Jones face for all 5 rounds. Before his loss to Jones, he was on a three-fight winning streak. He had wins against great light heavyweights like Rashad Evans (KO), Mauricio Rua (KO) and Volkan Oezdemir (Submission). Anthony Smith has solid conditioning and dangerous offense. He is an aggressive fighter, moreover, lands a lot of shots in the fight. “Lionheart” was stopped by strikes just one time in 7 years.
These fighters never met each other in the octagon.