Alexander Gustafsson brushed off some early rust and the lingering disappointment of a loss to Daniel Cormier to down Jan Blachowicz in Hamburg on Saturday.
Fighting for the first time since his defeat to Cormier nearly a year ago, Gustafsson was tagged by a few early shots from Blachowicz but maintained his composure to end the round on top.
Gustafsson scored another takedown in the second round after an early exchange of blows, and landed some heavy elbows as he began to assert his dominance over Blachowicz.
While Gustafsson again had the better of the third round, showing his skills on the mat, the Swede could not get the job done and so it was to the judges card.
The fight was unanimously ruled in the 29-year-old’s favour 30-27 on all cards.
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“It felt wonderful. It’s so good to be back in the Octagon and to start winning again,” said Gustafsson who snapped a two-fight losing streak. “I came in with an open mind, I knew that he wanted to finish me early and he came in hard. I didn’t connect my punches really in the beginning though.
“Jan Blachowicz is a very tough opponent. He has been in the game for a very, very long time and I knew I had to be on top form for this fight. And here I am now with the win. I’m glad I got to fight him because now everything is clear; I am the best guy in Europe.”