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UFC on FOX 14 report: New number one contender ready to 'rumble'

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Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson's incredible rise to prominence continued as he defeated Alexander Gustafsson in front of his home crowd at UFC on FOX: 14 on Saturday night.

The new light heavyweight number one contender saw off former title challenger, Gustafsson, in front of a packed Tele2 Arena in Stockholm after just two minutes and 15 seconds.

The win on foreign soil has earned 'Rumble' the next shot at long-standing champ Jon Jones, who beat Daniel Cormier at the start of the month but has been dogged by controversy since that impressive victory ever since.

Not a great night for the home town fighters

The event was the UFC's biggest in Sweden and their first foray into using European stadiums and it proved to be very profitable - making the UFC gate on the continent in their history with $3.1 million.

Yet not many of the Swedish fighters rose to the challenge in front of their fans. Gustafsson getting knocked out in the main event was just the sour cherry on top of a bad night for the Swedes.

Akira Corassani was brutally knocked out by Sam Sicilia in the first round and Nico Musoke lost a split decision to Albert Tumenov, to leave Sweden without any winners from the event.

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Henderson will push on despite beatdown

Topping the undercard for the event was 44 year old, Dan Henderson's debut at middleweight, where he was soundly beaten by Gegard Mousasi in just over a minute.

Despite getting beat in just one minute 10 seconds Henderson has vowed to carry on fighting at middleweight, amidst cries from fans that he should give it up and retire.

Bader beats Davis to move on up

It wasn't just the main event that held big things for the UFC's light heavyweight division as Ryan Bader came out on top of 'Mr Wonderful' Phil Davis.

For Bader it was his fourth win in a row, as he continues to rise once again in the division. It leaves him on the edge of the 'elite' tier that is filled by Jones, Johnson, Gustafsson and Rumble, and he'll have to beat one of those to have chance of a title shot.

For Davis, it was his second loss in three fights and leaves him in limbo in the division. He was soundly beat by 'Rumble', in Johnson's first fight back into the UFC but beat Glover Teixeira in October.

For now, he's in danger of having the ill-fated 'gatekeeper' status and while that works for some like Michael Bisping, it has proven to end the UFC careers of fighters like Yushin Okami and Jon Fitch.

Night of knockouts results in big bonuses

Although the fighter's pay for the evening haven't been released yet, the performance bonuses were awarded and the UFC opted to give the bonus money to the knockout stars.

'Rumble', Mousasi, Kenny Robertson and Makwan Amirkhani all got $50,000 added onto their pay cheques for their first round KO wins as Performance of the Night bonuses.

The decision to give four rewards to the KO's meant that there were no Fight of the Night bonuses handed out for the event.

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Daniel Cormier
Alexander Gustafsson
Jon Jones
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