UFC 127 took place February 26, 2011. This card featured a light heavyweight match between Alexander Gustafsson and James Te Huna.
This would be Alex’s 4th fight in the UFC. He had 2 wins and 1 loss, defeating Jared Hamman by KO and Cyrille Diabate by submission. His one loss was to Phil Davis by submission in round 1. He was a tall and strong light heavyweight with a well rounded fight game. His length and height match the current champion, Jon Jones.
This would be Te Huna’s 2nd fight in the UFC. His last fight was at UFC 110. He defeated Igor Pokrajac by KO in the 3rd round. Being the shorter fighter, Te Huna will have to find a way to close the distance against the dynamic and lengthy Swedish fighter.
Round 1: Both fighters touch gloves in the center then engage. Alex circles on the outside while Te Huna moves forward. Alex comes in with a quick one-two combo, and Te Huna grabs his body in a clinch. He backs up Alex towards the cage, but Alex picks James up and drops him to the canvas.
Te Huna pops right back up and they both continue to clinch. Te Huna drops down and carries Alex’s weight over in a nice takedown. He mounts Alex and looks to gain a good top position. Alex is scrambling and bucking his hips, trying to stop Te Huna from gaining a good position. Te Huna gets side control, and starts working to score some offense.
He lands a few medium shots to the side of Alex’s face, but nothing greatly damaging. Alex is defending well, covering his face and looking for opportunities to stand back up. Alex gets a hold of Te Huna’s neck and keeps control of his posture. Te Huna is landing body shots and occasional shots to Alex’s face, but nothing threatening to end the fight.
Alex manages to lock up full guard, preventing Te Huna from posturing up to reign down punches. Te Huna continues to work from Alex’s guard, landing shots to the body and the head. Alex is still defending, attempting to keep control of Te Huna’s neck and head. Te Huna is scoring more offense now, landing a solid elbow, and more frequent punches.
Te Huna postures up again, and Alex uses that moment to throw an upkick that misses. Alex quickly scrambles to his feet and Te Huna grabs his body once more and presses him into the cage. Te Huna has his hands clasped around Alex’s body, looking for another takedown. Alex is defending well, keeping the takedown at bay.
Te Huna pulls Alex away from the cage, holding one of his legs up in the air. They go back into the cage, and Alex gets his arms around Te Huna’s neck. Te Huna continues to work Alex into the cage, looking for a takedown. Alex finally backs Te Huna up toward the center of the cage, then grabs one of Te Huna’s legs and slams him down. Alex is in side control and starts working immediately. Te Huna is able to scramble and both men stand up.
Te Huna drops down again and grabs Alex body, pushing him into the cage. Te Huna drops down lower and is able to get Alex down onto his knees. Te Huna has a hold of Alex’s leg, but Alex escapes scoots around to Te Huna’s back. Alex quickly gets the hooks in and flattens James out. Once he gets him flat, Alex quickly wraps his arm around Te Huna’s neck and gets a rear-naked choke locked in.
Te Huna tries to fight it off and Alex rolls him over. He lets go of the choke and drops 3 or 4 punches to James face. When James rolls back over, Alex sinks in the choke again. After only a few seconds, Te Huna is forced to tap out and the ref separates the two. Alexander Gustafsson defeats James Te Huna by submission in round 1.