UFC Fight Island 3: Werdum Spoils Gustafsson’s HW Debut
Alexander Gustafsson was hoping to make a big splash in his heavyweight debut, but former champ Fabricio Werdum made sure that wasn't happening.
Alexander Gustafsson was unable to return to the win column in his comeback fight. As the longtime, light-heavyweight contender was quickly submitted by decorated heavyweight, Fabricio Werdum.
Gustafsson came out with jabs early on and Werdum fired in a big leg kick. Werdum scored with another leg kick not long after and went for a takedown. In the ensuing scramble, Gustafsson pounded in some shots from above, before finding himself defending an armbar attempt. Gustafsson defended for several moments, but eventually Werdum stretched out the arm and prompted the tap.
Impressive win for Werdum.
Gustafsson was competing for the first time since last June, when after his loss to Anthony Smith, he announced he was retiring.
UFC Fight Island 3 results
Here are the results so far for UFC Fight Island 3, which is taking place in Abu Dhabi.
Fabricio Werdum def. Alexander Gustafsson via submission (armbar) R1, 2:30
Carla Esparza def. Marina Rodriguez via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Paul Craig def. Gadzhimurad Antigulov via submission (triangle-choke) R1, 2:06
Alex Oliveira def. Peter Sobotta via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Khamzat Chimaev def. Rhys McKee via TKO (punches) R1, 3:09
Francisco Trinaldo def. Jai Herbert via TKO (punches) R3, 1:30
Jesse Ronson def. Nicolas Dalby via submission (rear-naked-choke) R1, 2:48
Tom Aspinall def. Jake Collier via KO (punches) R1, 0:45
Movsar Evloev def. Mike Grundy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Tanner Boser def. Raphael Pessoa via TKO (punches) R2, 2:36
Pannie Kianzad def. Bethe Correia via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Ramazan Emeev def. Niklas Stolze via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Nathaniel Wood def. John Castaneda via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)