The World MMA Awards are awards presented by Fighters Only magazine to honor exceptional performance in various aspects of Mixed martial arts. Winners are presented with the Fighters Only silver statuette. The World MMA Awards are divided into over twenty categories. The first World MMA Awards ceremony was held in 2008. From their inception to the present, award winners have been chosen through online fan voting. It is the most prestigious award event in the world of MMA.
Type: Award Show
Runtime: 60 minutes
World MMA Awards - Alexander Gustafsson - Netflix
Alexander Lars-Åke Gustafsson is a Swedish professional mixed martial artist. He is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) where he competes in their light heavyweight division. As of 20 April 2018, Gustafsson is the #1 ranked light heavyweight contender in official UFC rankings.
World MMA Awards - Post title fight - Netflix
At a post-fight press conference in Manchester, Dana White said that Gustafsson would be facing Antônio Rogério Nogueira on 8 March 2014, at UFC Fight Night 37. He also stated that if both he and Jones won their next bouts, then the rematch would be set for the title. However, just 5 days after the fight was announced news came that Nogueira had to withdraw from the bout due to an injury. Later, reports came that said that Nogueira had never agreed to take the fight against Gustafsson at all. Instead, he faced undefeated striker Jimi Manuwa at the same event. He won the fight by TKO after dropping Manuwa with a knee followed by a flurry of punches in the clinch, in the second round, handing Manuwa the first loss of his career. His performance earned him both Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night awards. On April 27, 2014, UFC President Dana White confirmed that a rematch with the champion Jon Jones would be next for Gustafsson, and stated the possibility of the match taking place in a stadium in Sweden on pay-per-view. On May 24, 2014, it was indicated that the rematch would take place in Las Vegas on August 30, 2014, at UFC 177. The statement, and the time and venue, wasn't official however, since Gustafsson was the only one who still had agreed to take the fight. On June 2, the fight was still on hold, and UFC President Dana White explained the situation as: “Jones doesn't want to fight Gustafsson”. On June 5, 2014, the UFC confirmed that the Jones/Gustafsson rematch would take place on September 27, 2014, at UFC 178. At first, the fight was expected to take place in Toronto, but the venue was later changed to Las Vegas. However, Gustafsson was forced to pull out of the bout due to a torn meniscus and was replaced by fellow top contender Daniel Cormier. At first, a fight against Anthony Johnson was reported to be in the makings, but the bout would later be scratched by the UFC. Gustafsson was briefly linked to a potential bout with Rashad Evans on January 24, 2015, at UFC on Fox 14. Subsequently, Evans announced he would not be ready during that time line as he was still rehabilitating a knee injury. Gustafsson instead faced Anthony Johnson at the event with the winner guaranteed a title shot against Jon Jones. Gustafsson lost the fight via TKO in the first round, marking the first time in his career that he had been stopped due to strikes. Gustafsson later admitted that he thought about retiring due to the embarrassment of losing in front of his hometown. He later took a year off from fighting. Gustafsson was expected to face Glover Teixeira on June 20, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 69. However, it was announced that Gustafsson had been removed from the card due to an injury in his back. In June, 2015, news came that Gustafsson was about to be booked against Daniel Cormier who recently had won the vacant title. At first, the matchup seemed to be set for September 5, 2015, at UFC 191. However, Cormier wasn't able to make it due to an injury and the fight was delayed. The title fight against Cormier took place on October 3, 2015, at UFC 192. It was a back and forth fight that saw Gustafsson land two takedowns in round 2 and also drop Cormier by a knee and following punches in the end of round 3. He lost the fight by split decision. Their performance earned both fighters the Fight of the Night awards. As a result of the injuries Gustafsson sustained during the fight, a preliminary medical suspension was set for him until April. Gustafsson next fought Jan Błachowicz on September 3, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 93. He won the fight by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27). A pairing with Antônio Rogério Nogueira was scheduled for a third time and was expected to take place on November 19, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 100. However just days after the fight was announced, Gustafsson pulled out of the bout citing an injury. In turn, he was replaced by Ryan Bader. It was later revealed that he had sustained a back injury, which would sideline him from training and competition indefinitely. A rescheduled fight with Glover Teixeira took place on May 28, 2017 in the main event at UFC Fight Night 109. After dominating the fight for four rounds Gustafson won the fight via knockout early in the fifth round. Their performance earned both fighters the Fight of the Night awards.
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