Gustafssson was able to take Cormier down a couple of times, and also dropped the latter with a thunderous knee. The 6’5 tall fighter also bloodied Cormier with jabs and hard right hands.
Cormier also bruised and battered Gustafsson with punches, however, and constantly pressured the challenger. It was likely because of this pressure, and his striking volume that Cormier was handed a split decision win.
“DC” proceeded to thank Gustafsson for making him a better man and fighter after the wildly entertaining bout.
In the co-headliner, Ryan Bader out struck Rashad Evan, landed a couple of key takedowns, and received a well deserved, UD victory.
Here are the complete results for UFC 192, which took place at Houston’s Toyota Center.
Daniel Cormier def. Alexander Gustafsson via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46)
Ryan Bader def. Rashad Evans via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ruslan Magomedov def. Shawn Jordan via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Joseph Benavidez def. Ali Bagautinov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Julianna Pena def. Jessica Eye via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Yair Rodriguez def. Daniel Hooker via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Albert Tumenov def. Alan Jouban via TKO (strikes) R1, 2:55
Adriano Martins def. Islam Makhachev via KO (punch) R1, 1:46
Rose Namajunas def. Angela Hill via submission (rear-naked-choke) R1, 2:47
Sage Northcutt def. Francisco Trevino via TKO (strikes) R1, 0:57
Sergio Pettis def. Chris Cariaso via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)
Derrick Lewis def. Viktor Pesta via TKO (punches) R3, 1:15