PHILADELPHIA – BleacherReport.com is live on location from Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. for UFC 133.
Gustafsson entered UFC 133 on a two-fight win streak, each of which ended by submission (rear-naked choke).
Hamill returned to the Octagon after dropping a decision to Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 130 in May. He took the fight on short notice when Vladimir Matyushenko was forced out due to injury.
Round one saw Gustafsson circling and using his movement to keep Hamill in pursuit. Leg kicks were a success for Gustafsson, and punch combinations found a home on multiple occasions.
Gustafsson took over in the second frame and used his far superior striking to chop Hamill down.
Hamill was stuffed on his takedowns. Gustafsson displayed much improved takedown defense and utilized nice combinations.
A huge combination dropped Hamill and Gustafsson followed him to the ground, moved directly to mount and dropped down elbows and punches until the fight was stopped.
Gustafsson, who set up camp at Alliance MMA under the tutelage of Eric Del Fierro and Lloyd Irvin, became the first fighter to stop Hamill within two rounds.
Post-fight the victorious Gustafsson said, “This was by far the biggest fight of my career. It was unbelievable. I think that I was too defensive in the first round, but the second round I felt great. I want a career out of this, I want to fight the best guys in the world.”
Result: Alexander Gustafsson defeats Matt Hamill via TKO (punches) - Round 2, 3:34
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