UFC 133 Results: Alexander Gustafsson Defeats Matt Hamill on Spike TV
Matt "The Hammer" Hamill and Alexander "The Mauler" Gustafsson get the call for the finale of the preliminary card, and the pair of competitors delivered a decent striking affair.
It wasn't the most ferocious display of hostility you'll ever see and there were definitely some slow moments, which were only exacerbated by the Philadelphia crowd—I'm not sure if that city loves its sports so much or if it just enjoys the chance to boo.
Regardless, the Mauler was able to turn back any and all takedown attempts put forth by the shorter Hammer. Hamill's inability to drag the bout to the canvas allowed Gustafsson to pick his adversary apart on the feet, landing a flurry of combinations for each single blow landed by the American.
Eventually, Alexander realized he was in no danger of getting tackled and threw caution to the wind, assaulting Matt with a series of kicks and sniping left hand that put Hamill on Queer Street. From there, an unanswered barrage of right upper cuts sent the American tumbling to the ground where the Mauler pounced on him.
A barrage of elbows and more rights hands convinced referee Dan Miragliotta to (finally) dive in to bring an end to the thrashing.
Alexander Gustafsson defeats Matt Hamill by TKO (elbows) at 3:34 of the second round.
The Swede's suddenly someone to be taken very seriously—beating the Hammer is no monumental achievement, but stopping him with such ease does make you sit up and take notice.
As for the American, it's tough to say what's next for him.
Matt Hamill is obviously one of the most feel-good stories the UFC has to offer and this marks only the fourth official loss (and many feel his defeat at the hands of Michael Bisping was highway robbery). Nevertheless, he was just destroyed by Gustafsson, he was handled with ease by Quinton Jackson, and Jon Jones ran right through him before the eventual DQ.
So what now?
He's still a draw, but it's pretty clear he's not going to be a player at 205 pounds.
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