Fabricio Werdum ruins Gustafsson's heavyweight debut; Secures first round armbar

Fabricio Werdum ruins Gustafsson’s heavyweight debut; Secures first round armbar

UFC on ESPN 14 takes place Saturday, July 25 and is headlined by a middleweight bout between former champion Robert Whittaker and former welterweight title contender Darren Till.

The event takes place at the Flash Forum in Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The card airs on ESPN and streams on ESPN+.

In a heavyweight bout, former light heavyweight number 1 contender, Alexander Gustafsson makes his debut in the division against the dangerous ground specialist, Fabricio Werdum.

Gustafsson, whom once rivaled former pound for pound king, Jon “Bones” Jones, makes a step up in weight to face the highly touted blackbelt, Werdum after back to back losses in the light heavyweight division.

Werdum has fought a who’s who list of opponents throughout his career. Once known as the man that dethroned Fedor Emelianenko, Werdum has had a tough stint, going 2-3 in his last 5 outings. With both fighters looking to bounce back from consecutive losses, this contest has fireworks written all over it.

Here is how the heavyweight clash between Fabricio Werdum and Alexander Gustafsson went down at UFC Fight Night: Whitaker vs. Till, including round by round scoring. For full results, check them out here.

The fighters touch gloves to get this underway. Gustafsson doesn’t waste any time popping out several jabs as Werdum counters with a leg kick. Gustafsson is light on his feet early in the round. Werdum follows with another leg kick and immediately switches his levels for the single-leg takedown. Gustafsson is able to avoid damage early as he hammer fists the black belt in an attempt to escape. Amid Gustafsson‘s escape, Werdum snatches his back and worked his way to an armbar attempt. Gustafsson fends off the submission early but Werdum stays active on the armbar, secures the arm, and Gustafsson is forced to tap.

Official result: Fabricio Werdum wins via submission (armbar) at 2:30 in round 1.

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