Light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier defended his title at UFC 192 against Alexander Gustafsson in a close split decision on Saturday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
The champion had to fend off numerous takedowns from Gustafsson including a third round knockdown to fight back and get the win in five rounds.
In the fight, Cormier took a lot of punishment, more than in any of his previous bouts and afterwards he thanked his opponent for forcing him to pull out all the stops to defend his title.
Gustafsson (16-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) made the champion stand and slug it out in a brutal fight. But in the end, Cormier’s (17-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) grit and determination got him the decision.
Cormier scored 48-47 and 49-46 from two judges while Gustafsson got 48-47 by the third judge.
All the UFC 192 results:
Daniel Cormier def. Alexander Gustafsson via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46)
Ryan Bader def. Rashad Evans via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ruslan Magomedov def. Shawn Jordan via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Joseph Benavidez def. Ali Bagautinov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Julianna Pena def. Jessica Eye via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Yair Rodriguez def. Daniel Hooker via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Albert Tumenov def. Alan Jouban via TKO (kick, punches) – Round 1, 2:55
Adriano Martins def. Islam Makhachev via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 1:46
Rose Namajunas def. Angela Hill via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:47
Sage Northcutt def. Francisco Trevino via TKO (elbows) – Round 1, 0:50
Sergio Pettis def. Chris Cariaso via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)
Derrick Lewis def. Viktor Pesta via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:15