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After The Crossfire – UPDATED – UFC on FOX 14: Gustafsson vs Johnson

Jon Jones, Anthony Johnson is coming.

Johnson needed all of 2:15 to finish the #1 challenger and the biggest threat to the light-heavyweight title, Alexander Gustafsson – in front of 26,000 Swedish fans.

And now, Jones vs Johnson is the most interesting fight of the year.

Welcome back to The Crossfire.

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Performances-of-the-Night went to Johnson, Kenny Robertson, Gegard Mousasi, and Makwan Amirkhan, for his 8-second win. It was the fifth-fastest win in UFC history. All fighters received a $50,000 USD bonus.

“We always train for that kick, ” Johnson said on the UFC on FOX post-fight show. “He hit me with a few punches and once he threw a kick, I knew he was in my range.

“The same way I took Gus out, I’ll knock him [Jones] out. I’m going to do my best to take his head off.”

“Jon, keep your hands up, because if you don’t, it’s lights out.” – Anthony Johnson

Gustafsson was classy in defeat, acknowledging Johnson outclassed him. “It doesn’t feel good at all. It’s very tough. He put a lot of pressure on me, but I thought I had everything under control. He threw a good counter and he caught me.”

“Johnson caught me. I wasn’t there. I felt like I was in deep waterI’ll take a few days off to recover and then get back in the gym and learn from my mistakes.”

MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman checks in with her main card thoughts:

Cassie Wiseman
MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman. She is a martial artist with over six years of study. Training primarily in South Korea, the proud Canadian from Roberts Arm, Newfoundland is proficient in Taekwondo, Hapkido, and Muay Thai kickboxing. Image courtesy Steve Bartlett

 

AKIRA CORASSINI VS SAM SICILIA

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Sam Sicilia of the United States punches Akira Corassani of Sweden in their featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Tele2 Arena on January 24, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WISEMAN PREDICTION: SAM SICILIA VIA SUBMISSION

WINNER: SAM SICILIA VIA FIRST ROUND TKO 3:26

WISEMAN: I knew Corassani would want to keep things standing, as he tends to just want to bang. Sicilia came out with aggression and confidence though and instead of taking things to the mat he met Corassani in the center and just let it go. The problem for Corassani is that his chin wasn’t up to the Sicilia-test. The superior striking, counter-striking, and combinations of Sicilia really was too much for Corassani and Sicilia secured the KO finish in the first round. Corassani needs to mix up his combinations and movement more. He has all the tools, but just not putting things together yet. Sicilia showed his usual bulldog aggression. Entertaining fight.

#5 MR. WONDERFUL” PHIL DAVIS VS RYAN “DARTH” BADER

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Ryan Bader of the United States punches Phil Davis of the United States in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Tele2 Arena on January 24, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WISEMAN PREDICTION: PHIL DAVIS VIA SUBMISSION

WINNER: RYAN BADER VIA SPLIT DECISION (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

WISEMAN: Well, the good news is that it wasn’t the lay-and-pray grind like I expected. Bader wanted no part of the wrestling aspect, he just wanted to show his standup game. Davis threw in a load of attempts to bring things to the mat, but Bader is good at defending a takedown. I’ll give him that much credit. The problem is that I don’t see much evolution from either. Bader has always had an awkwardly narrow stance. Davis has always mixed up his long jab for a takedown set up or grinding match. The fight could have gone either way, but Bader pulled it off. Neither showed anything that will threaten Jon Jones.

DAN “HENDO” HENDERSON VS #8 GEGARD MOUSASI

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Dan Henderson of the United States protests to referee Leon Roberts after his TKO loss to Gegard Mousasi of the Netherlands in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Tele2 Arena on January 24, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WISEMAN PREDICTION: GEGARD MOUSASI VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

WINNER: GEGARD MOUSASI VIA TKO

WISEMAN: The inconsistent reffing is ridiculous. One ref will allow a fighter to be knocked out and take unnecessary damage, while another will jump in far too quickly. When we look at the Maynard vs. Edgar battles, they were both rocked at different times, but the ref waited and let them fight. If that ref were the third man inside the cage tonight the fight would still be going. A horrible stoppage by the ref. Mousasi gets the win, but just a terrible stoppage.

MAIN EVENT

#1 ALEXANDER “THE MAULER” GUSTAFSSON VS #3 ANTHONY “RUMBLE” JOHNSON

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Anthony Johnson (top) of the United States punches Alexander Gustafsson of Sweden in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Tele2 Arena on January 24, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

WISEMAN PREDICTION: ANTHONY JOHNSON VIA TKO

WINNER: ANTHONY JOHNSON VIA TKO

WISEMAN: Johnson how incredible power! Gus has been hit by some massive guys, but Rumble has power like no one else in the division. The cardio and aggression when he smells blood. Wow! An impressive win over a dangerous guy. Johnson showed tonight that he certainly needs to be taken seriously by Mr. Bones because he’s coming.

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KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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