He keeps getting better too. He's probably one of the strongest guys at 185, if not the strongest. He's not a great technical striker or world class grappler but he's got power, an iron chin and tons of heart. Those knees were brutal though. Knocked Sakara back to ancient Rome.
The Mauler looked pretty good. Got a bit sloppy with his defense at times and I thought he could have been more aggressive but he respected, rightfully so, Silva's power. He has a lot to learn but the upside is there.
Swedish fans were awesome. Obviously having Gustafsson on the card helps but I was thoroughly impressed with them on the fights I watched. Not to mention that the event sold out in 3 hours. They definitely earned themselves more cards, with bigger names, in my book. Bravo to Swedish MMA fans.
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Gustafsson fought a very smart fight. Thiago wants that wild, bloody brawl but He stayed patient and fought his fight. Thiago looked good at times but he just couldn't sustain anything due to The Mauler's reach. Big things coming for both fighters I think.