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Gustafsson Looks To Move One Step Closer To Title Rematch Versus Manuwa At UFC Fight Night

Posted by Jack “The Hammer” Howard on 3/3/2014 8:12:29 PM

Most people realize that Alexander Gustafsson will get another shot UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones and his title belt. First, he has to get his way back in the win column. Coming off a unanimous decision loss to Jones that many people felt could have easily swung the other way, Gustafsson will step back in to the Octagon for a bout with Jimi Manuwa at the UFC Fight event this Saturday. The Mauler had earned six-straight wins before he lost to Jones, and he will look to pick up from where he left off with the chance to earn another shot at the belt.

UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs Manuwa
(15-2-0) Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jimi Manuwa(14-0-0)
Saturday March 8, 2014
The O2 Arena, London, England
UFC Sports Betting Line: Gustafsson - 400

Gustafsson’s fight with Jones earned Fight of the Night and Fight of the Year honors, but that isn’t what the 27-year old wants. Gustafsson is a substantial favorite heading in to this fight, but don’t think he will let that take away from his focus when he steps back inside the Octagon for this fight.

UFC Betting Preview: Alexander Gustafsson

The loss to Jones was only the second of Gustafsson’s career, and he has become that much more well-rounded since he lost to Phil Davis via submission back in 2010. Gustafsson is a better wrestler and his striking has improved to the point where he can end a fight with a single punch. Gustafsson has also learned patience, and his group did an excellent job preparing for the fight against Jones. Two of his last six wins have come via knockout, and another two via submission, which shows how dangerous he can be. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he wanted to take this tilt to the ground, where he could use his wrestling skill and technique to control the fight.

UFC Betting Preview: Jimi Manuwa

Manuwa hasn’t been registering many knockout wins, but he has consistently battered his opponents, earning four-straight wins via TKO. TKO wins over Cyrille Diabate and Ryan Jimmo pushed Manuwa’s record to 14-0, and that was enough for him to get his shot at the former No. 1 contender on this stage. However, Manuwa hasn’t had to go past the third round in any of his UFC fights to this point, and that’s something he will likely have to do in this bout versus Gustafsson. He knows that all it takes is that one punch to end this fight, and he needs to bring a level of confidence to this tilt in order to have a chance.

UFC Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

Neither fighter has seen much action over the past few months, and while it did Gustafsson some good as he recovered from his war with Jones, it will be interesting to see if either fighter shows any rust. Manuwa is outmatched in nearly every aspect of his final fight but don’t count on him for the type of upset you might see in this year’s NCAA tournament.

UFC Betting Pick: Alexander Gustafsson - 400

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