On Saturday, October 3, the UFC touched down in Houston, Texas, to bring fight fans UFC 192 live from the Toyota Center.

In the night’s main event, fans witnessed a light heavyweight title fight between reigning champion Daniel Cormier and Swedish superstar Alexander Gustafsson.

Cormier (16-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC), the 2008 U.S. Olympic wrestling captain, was crowned the light heavyweight champion after submitting Anthony Johnson halfway through the third round of their main event title fight at UFC 187 last month.  Prior to this win, “DC” suffered a decision loss to then champion Jon Jones in January. However, Jones would eventually be stripped of his title after a hit-and-run incident in April, resulting in the UFC booking the title fight between Cormier and Johnson for the vacant belt.

Gustafsson (16-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC)) was last seen on the receiving end of a violent first round knockout at the hands Johnson at UFC on FOX 14 in January. This setback not only cost Gustafsson a title shot, but also marked his second loss in his last three bouts. “The Mauler’s” previous loss was a heart-breaking decision to Jones, in their critically acclaimed title fight at UFC 165 in 2013.

All this plus a light heavyweight bout between Ryan Bader and Rashad Evans, a heavyweight contest between Shawn Jordan and Ruslan Magomedov, a flyweight matchup between Ali Bagautinov and Joseph Benavidez as well as a women’s bantamweight fight between Jessica Eye and Julianna Pena.


(c) Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson – for UFC light heavyweight title

Cormier developed a leg kick early then charged in for a takedown. Cormier then lifted the Swede into the air and threw him to the floor. Gustafsson was able to retain guard and nearly got Cormier off of him but failed. Cormier then consistently pounded Gustaffson. Off of a triangle attempt by Gustafsson, Cormier passed guard. Gus was able to get off his back shortly after. Gustafsson landed a few kicks with under a minute left and narrowly avoided a big right hand from the champ. The round ended with a clinch exchange that Cormier got the better of.

Gustafsson landed a right hand early from range. Cormier however was doing a great job with distance. After a few sprawls by Gus, Gustafsson landed a takedown of his own. Cormier then bounced right back up and ate a few punches from Gustafsson. Cormier was able to clinch after eating a few rangy shots and landed some powerful uppercuts. Gustafsson escaped and landed a punch on the exit. Cormier landed a few hooks that Gustafsson answered with an uppercut. Cormier was able to clinch again and landed more powerful uppercuts. Gustafsson then charged in for a takedown and got it, taking the back of the champ in the process. The round ended after Cormier stood up.

A right hand for Gustafsson kicked off round three. Then a huge uppercut lands for Gustafsson. A leg kick landed for Gustafsson but it was answered by a leaping Cormier hook. Cormier started to walk Gustafsson down and was caught with a big right. Cormier gained a clinch and landed more great uppercuts. The fighters exchanged jabs for a bit, then Cormier landed a huge right followed by uppercuts. The fighters clinched again then Gustafsson landed a huge knee that dropped the champ. Cormier bounced back up and clinched to end the round.

Gustafsson landed a straight to body kick combo to start round four. Gustafsson started to land rangy strikes consistently. After a failed takedown attempt by the challenger, the fighters returned to the center. Cormier charged in and forced Gustafsson to run away, with Cormier landing powerful hooks in the process. The fighters circled for a bit with Cormier in the center, then Gustafsson landed a snap kick to the body. Cormier charged in and Gustafsson shot for an unsuccessful takedown but landed a big knee afterwards. Cormier threw a kick that was caught by Gustafsson, then he was thrown to the floor. The round ended with Gustafsson running from Cormier.

The final round began with rangy strikes for Gustafsson. Gustafsson then landed a big right straight that backed up the champion. Cormier answered with a big right hand of his own. Cormier landed a few hooks, then Gustafsson shot for an unsuccessful takedown. The fighters ended up in a clinch with Cormier landing uppercuts. More clinches and uppercuts occurred, with the infrequent knee from Gustafsson. Cormier dominated the rest of the fight with non-stop clinching and dirty boxing, with a Gustafsson knee sneaking in. The round ended and both fighters raised their hands. Daniel Cormier def. Alexander Gustafsson by Split Decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46) – For UFC Light Heavyweight Title

Ryan Bader vs. Rashad Evans

Evans crawled to the center as expected and the fighters began circling. Evans attempted a left hook but Bader countered with an overhand right. Bader then snuck an undercut through the guard of Evans. Evans then stuffed a takedown attempt of Bader’s, then, Bader landed another quick right hook. Bader began developing his jab. Rashad landed a right then was thrown to the ground temporarily by Bader. Evans charged in with hooks and clinched his opponent. Bader quickly turned away and landed an elbow on the break. Round one ended with the fighters circling.

The fighters touched gloves to start round two. Bader then attacked with a right hand followed by a left then a jab. Bader then landed a nice side kick that stopped Evans in his tracks. Evans charged in and was taken down by Bader. Bader took his back then Evans stood up, only to be thrown by Bader. Evans stood up again and escaped the grips of Bader. Evans started to walk Bader down and landed a huge overhand right. Evans landed his overhand right late in the round but caught a Bader right hand in exchange. An Evans takedown attempt was stuffed late in the round, then the bell sounds with the fighters in the clinch.

Bader landed an overhand right followed by a left to kick off round three. Evans again charged in with hooks that were deflected by Bader. Evans entered the clinch against the cage after eating punches from Bader. Bader turned away and landed an elbow on the exit. A body kick landed for Bader after a few punch attempts. Evans shot for another unsuccessful takedown and ate another Bader elbow. Bader landed a jab then ate a response high kick from Evans. Bader landed a double leg to seal the deal. Evans bounced up and tried to pressure Bader, but the final bell stopped his effort. Ryan Bader def. Rashad Evans by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Shawn Jordan vs. Ruslan Magomedov

Jordan stalked Magomedov early, and was greeted by a head kick. Jordan charged in with punches, but Magomedov skirted away. Jordan entered the clinch game with double underhooks, followed by a double leg takedown by Jordan. Magomedov attempted to use the cage to stand, but Jordan pulled the leg away. Magomedov was successful on his second wall-walk then used a kimura to turn away from the cage. A pair of head kicks then a combination landed for Magomedov. Jordan swung for an overhand left that Ruslan dodged, then landed a pair of hooks. The round ended with the fighters circling.

Jordan claimed the center of the cage early in round two. Magomedov landed a huge head kick then quite a few punches. Jordan landed hooks inresponse that had Magomedov in trouble, but then Jordan shot for an unsuccessful takedown. Jordan shot for a takedown and even had Magomedov lifted up but the fight stayed on the feet. Magomedov grazed Jordan with a head kick that gave Jordan issues with his eye but the fight continued. Leg kick to left hook combo landed for Magomedov then Jordan then clinched again. The fighters took turns turning each other around, then Magomedov stepped back and landed a head kick

Question mark kick landed early by Magomedov to start round three. Jordan charged in in response and shot for another unsuccessful takedown. Magomedov escaped the clinch and landed heavy strikes including a big head kick. Magomedov landed another head kick then a push and Jordan looked lost with both eyes damaged. Jordan shot for a double leg against the cage that was unsuccessful, then Magomedov reversed position. After an elbow by Jordan, Magomedov nails him with a head kick. The final round ends and Magomedov raised his hands with satisfaction. Ruslan Magomedov def. Shawn Jordan by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Ali Bagautinov vs. Joseph Benavidez

Bagautinov claimed the center early. Benavidez charged in and was caught with a counter left. Benavidez charged again and landed a big right hand. Benavidez charged for a third time and this time, Bagautinov caught him. Benavidez landed a head kick to left hand combo with no answer from Ali. A combination landed for Bagautinov with an uppercut to thwart Benavidez’s takedown effort. Ali then landed a right over the top of Benavidez, who was cut earlier over the left eye. Benavidez threw many head kicks that were answered by Bagautinov combinations.

Benavidez took the center of the octagon early in round two.  He then charged in with a combo, in which a right hook landed. A couple of big head kicks landed for Benavidez then Bagautinov was cracked with a left. Benavidez landed a crushing body kick as well. Bagautinov landed a few strikes during a combo after a takedown attempt of his own. Benavidez charged at Ali and landed a right. Bagautinov attempt a deep single-leg takedown that seemed successful until Benavidez bounced right back up. Bagautinov then caught a kick of Benavidez and threw him down. Benavidez bounced back up right into a throw by Bagautinov. But Benavidez could not be kept down. The round ended after the throw attempt.

Combinations started to land for Bagautinov to start the final round. Again Bagautinov caught a kick and forced Benavidez to the ground, but Benavidez bounced back up immediately. Benavidez was caught with a left after a few deflected strikes then landed a knee to the head of his opponent. Both fighters seemed just out of range of each other for a minute or so, with their strikes coming up short. Benavidez broke the trend with a stepping jab. Bagautinov was able to land another quick takedown off a charge by Benavidez but again Joe stood up immediately. The final round ended with a wheel kick attempt by Bagautinov. Joseph Benavidez def. Ali Bagautinov by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Jessica Eye vs. Julianna Pena

Eye came out aggresive with a leg kick, then wild hooks were exchanged. Pena slipped in the midst of an exchange but got back up only to be taken down by Eye. Pena’s stand up effort was countered with a headlock by Eye, then the fighters clinched against the cage with Eye claiming over-under. Eye buried her head into Pena’s chin in the clinch but not much progress was made. Pena then reversed position and threw Eye to the ground and landed a few punches.  Eye stood back up and regained over-under against the cage. Pena was able to get a takedown and land in side control off of a double-overhook hold. She elbowed Eye heavily from side control. Eye then rolled over and Pena took her back but time expired.

Pena came out aggressive in round two, charging Eye with hooks. Eye was able to clinch again but Pena escaped and nailed Eye with a head kick. Eye landed a take down and started attacking from half guard. During Pena’s escape effort Eye gained side control then back control. Pena rolled over into half guard and Eye temporarily threatened with an arm triangle. Pena tried to reverse position but Eye retained back control. Pena was able to roll over into top side control. Then, from the bottom, Eye landed a knee to the head of Pena and was docked a point by the ref. The ref reset them standing and Eye landed a huge hook to end the round.

Again the fighters started with wild hooks, followed by a Pena takedown into open guard. Pena was able to pass into side control, and Eye countered with an inverted triangle. The fighters scrambled after Eye let go, and Pena was able to take the back of Eye and attempted a choke that was very deep. Eye was somehow able to escape. Pena then gained half guard and landed ground and pound. Eye retained open guard and attempted a triangle choke that was for naught. The final round ended with a one-armed guillotine attempt from Pena. Julianna Pena def. Jessica Eye by Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)



(c) Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson – for UFC light heavyweight title
Ryan Bader def. Rashad Evans by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ruslan Magomedov def. Shawn Jordan by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Joseph Benavidez def. Ali Bagautinov by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Julianna Pena def. Jessica Eye by Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)


Yair Rodriguez def. Daniel Hooker by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Albert Tumenov def. Alan Jouban by TKO (Punches) in Round 1 (2:55)
Adriano Martins def. Islam Makhachev by KO (Overhand Right) in Round 1 (1:46)
Rose Namajunas def. Angela Hill by Submission (Standing Rear-naked Choke) in Round 1 (2:47)


Sage Northcutt def. Francisco Trevino by TKO (punches) in Round 1 (0:57)
Sergio Pettis def. Chris Cariaso by Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)
Derrick Lewis def. Viktor Pesta by TKO (ground and pound) in Round 3 (1:17)