Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Alexander Gustafsson Battered Glover Teixeira In A Tough Duel

The powerful hit from the uppercut were the weapon of Teixeira's mass destruction. Gustafsson seemingly landed them at will throughout the fight.
In fact, the first three punches of the aforementioned combination were uppercuts and a hard right cross was the final blow.

Gustafsson's speed and length made it almost impossible for Teixeria to get in range for his heavy shots. This was a clear example of the bull and the matador and the former was taught a lesson in this one. To Teixeira's credit, he took a ton of punishment before succumbing.

He kept coming forward and had some very brief moments of success, but his toughness was otherworldly for four-plus rounds. The performance from both men was worthy of bonus money. They won Fight of the Night.
To top off his night, Gustafsson, a Stockholm native proposed to his girlfriend in the Octagon after the fight and she said yes.

Gustafsson won by TKO in his hometown and got engaged. I'd say he had a pretty good night.
There were 12,668 fans on hand for the event and the UFC took home a gate of $1.92 million.
Here's a look at the rest of the results and a breakdown of the co-main event and the other bonus winners. Performance of the Night winners are marked with an asterisk and the Fight of the Night is in bold.

Main Card 
Alexander Gustafsson def. Glover Teixeira via fifth-round TKO
Volkan Oezdemir def. Misha Cirkunov via first-round TKO (0:28)
Peter Sobotta def. Ben Saunders via second-round TKO
Omari Akhmedov def. Adbul Razak Alhassan via split decision (30-27x2, 28-29)
Nordine Taleb def. Oliver Enkamp via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Jack Hermansson def. Alex Nicholson via first-round TKO (2:00)
Pedro Munhoz def. Damian Stasiak via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Trevor Smith def. Chris Camozzi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26 x2)
Joaquim Silva def. Reza Madadi via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
*Bojan Velickovic def. Nico Musoke via third-round TKO (4:37)
Darren Till def. Jessin Ayari via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-27)
*Damir Hadzovic def. Marcin Held via third-round KO (0:07)
Volkan Oezdemir Shocks Misha Cirkunov

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - MAY 28: Volkan Oezdemir defeats Misha Cirkunov (not pictured) by knockout during the UFC Fight Night event at Ericsson Globe on May 28, 2017, in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Few fighters in the UFC had the buzz Misha Cirkunov carried into his bout with Volkan Oezdemir. After a short right hand behind the ear, that buzz was gone. Oezdemir pulled off his second straight upset of a highly ranked light heavyweight with a stunning first-round TKO win in the co-main event. It took just 28 seconds to unfold.

In his first fight in the UFC, Oezdemir scored a split-decision win over Ovince Saint-Preux back in February. This time, he didn't need any judges. Oezdemir came into the fight ranked No. 5, but he could make the case that he deserves to move up. Cirkunov was No. 7 and many believed he was on track to earn a title shot.
That will have to wait as he tries to recover from the loss.
An Oezdemir vs. Jimi Manuwa fight would seemingly make sense. Manuwa is ranked No. 3 and in line for a title shot, but champion Daniel Cormier is already set to face Jon Jones in July. An Oezdemir-Manuwa bout should line up a title bout or at least a meeting with No. 1 contender Gustafsson.
Velickovic and Hadzovic Earn Bonus Money
A pair of third-round TKOs earned Performance of the Night bonuses. Bojan Velickovic stopped Nico Musoke late with a left hook on the temple.

Velickovic hadn't won in the UFC since his debut back in April 2016, but he didn't just get back into the win column, he also claimed an additional $50,000. Damir Hadzovic received the same reward for his late stoppage of former Bellator standout Marcin Held.

Hadzovic landed a knee that Held ran right into as he shot for a takedown, and he was out instantly.
It was a spectacular finish visually, but I'm not sure either of those guys deserved the POTN bonus more than Gustafsson. If you consider the level of competition and dominance, the Swede's performance was tops on the night in my eyes.
As it is, he still put himself in a great position personally and professionally.



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