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UFC on FOX 5 Round-by-Round Review: Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs. Alexander Gustafsson

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We've reached the co-main event, as light heavyweight contenders Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (21-6) and Alexander Gustafsson (14-1) do battle. The bout could determine the next contender to the 205-pound title. The referee will be Dan Miragliotta.

Round 1: Gustafsson using his reach advantage early, much like Rory MacDonald just did to BJ Penn. Gustafsson drops Rua and pounces, attacking him with strikes. Rua rolls and grabs a heel, working an ankle lock or a heel hook, but Gustafsson is able to get out. My HD feed just went out so it's tough to tell, experiencing some bad weather here in the Midwest it sounds like. Rua with Gustafsson up against the cage and goes for the lock again, but is unable to get it this time. Right uppercut from Gustafsson, who nearly picks Rua up and slams him to the mat. Rua goes for another lock, but Gustafsson scurries away.

Rua with a takedown and into control as Gustafsson backs up against the fence and stands up. High knee to the chest by Rua, who spins Gustafsson around and throws a left. Knee to the face by the Swede. Another knee connects by Gustafsson. Rua catches Gustafsson behind the ear as he tries to spin away. For every one strike landed by Rua, Gustafsson looks to be landing two or three. Gustafsson working hard for a takedown, but Rua not allowing it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Gustafsson

Round 2: Rua lands a big right, but is unable to follow up. For his biggest fight, Gustafsson appears very relaxed, not rushing anything and avoiding any serious damage from Rua. Gustafsson ducks a punch and drops down for a takedown, pushing Rua up against the fence. Rua goes for a trip, but Gustafsson winds up on top. Gustafsson working the body inside the guard and the Swede stands up, wanting nothing to do with a ground game right now. Rua lands a left, and Gustafsson falls against the fence, but quickly gets back to his feet. Gustafsson drops again and gets the takedown. Rua works to take the back and Gustafsson quickly to his feet. Knees to the chin of Rua by Gustafsson. A minute to go in the round, and Gustafsson with a heavy right-knee combo.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Gustafsson

Round 3: Another knee courtesy of Gustafsson, who appears to be in complete control of this one. Gustafsson takes the back after a wild scramble, locks in a hook and Rua rolls, winding up in the guard. Rua kicks out and gets to his feet. Nice kick to the body by Gustafsson. Rua fakes a left and comes with a right that lands. Gustafsson gets an easy takedown off a wild miss by Rua, who appears to have some swelling on his face. Rua up against the fence and Gustafsson is picking him apart, gets another takedown and lands a knee to the head. Two minutes to go and Gustafsson with another right-knee combo. He's turned up his offense this round, moving with ease and landing at will. Rua comes out swinging as we go under a minute. Front-kick lands to the chin of Rua, but he doesn't wilt.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Gustafsson

Alexander Gustafsson def. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

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