The main event of UFC 192 is a fight that you need to watch.

The fight, the light heavyweight title, between current champion Daniel Cormier and the challenger Alexander Gustafsson, is a fight that many fans wanted to see.

Cormier, who lost his chance at the belt when he was demolished by former champion Jon Jones, was given a gift when Jones got in trouble with the law and was stripped of his title. This allowed Anthony Johnson and Daniel Cormier to fight for the vacant belt, with Cormier winning that fight by submission in the third round, and allowed Cormier to finally capture the gold he was looking for. He will be defending his belt for the very first time and the UFC pins him up against arguably the best light heavyweight fighter in the division.

There was only one man who truly took Jon Jones to his limit, no matter how many times the UFC tries to sell PPV by saying Glover Teixeira did, and that was Alexander Gustafsson.

Gustafsson went five rounds, and they were an awesome five rounds as the fight earned the Fight of the Night bonus, and won on a lot of people’s scorecards. However, the judges did not feel that he had won and Jon Jones defended his title once again. It was a heartbreaking loss for Gustafsson and many did not know how he would respond from it. Gustafsson bounced back though, as he beat Jimi Manuwa by TKO to earn himself a Performance of the Night bonus with the win. Gustafsson will look to win the belt he has been looking for and show that the loss to Jones and Johnson were just flukes.

Here are Alexander Gustafsson’s keys to victory at UFC 192.

Defend the takedown, defend the takedown, and defend the takedown:

This key is so important that I had to repeat it three times. Cormier is a former Olympic wrestler and his wrestling is top notch. He dominates people by taking them to the ground and grinding them away. If Gustafsson has any chance of winning on Saturday, he needs to try to defend the takedown to the best of his ability.

Get Back To His Feet:

Gustafsson surely needs to defend the takedown, but he is also guaranteed to get taken down by Cormier. When he gets taken down, Gustafsson needs to work and work until he gets back to his feet. The last thing he wants is to be grinded away for five rounds and lose a decision.

Showcase His Stand-up Game:

Gustafsson is known for his stand-up and his fight against Jones highlights that. This is a different Gustafsson than the Gustafsson that lost to Jones, but Gustafsson needs to showcase that stand-up game like he did when he fought Jones. Gustafsson is aggressive and can bring the fight, so he needs to show Cormier just that. If Gustafsson can keep the fight standing and showcase his stand-up game, he will be one step closer to victory against Cormier. Remember, Johnson, who lost to Cormier, dropped Cormier and almost won the fight. Gustafsson needs to finish the fight if he drops Cormier.

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Jeremy Klump
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Jeremy Klump is a Sport Media major at Ithaca College and has been writing about Mixed Martial Arts for over a year now. He interned at MVC Sports Management and AMA Fight Club. While interning at MVC and AMA, Jeremy found out that he had a true passion for writing about Mixed Martial Arts. He has interviewed and wrote articles on top UFC fighters while also having knowledge of regional fighters and the top new comers. He looks to grow as a writer and expand his knowledge of Mixed Martial Arts while being a proud member of The MMA Corner team.