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Alexander Gustafsson KOs Glover Teixeira in the 5th round to cap off incredible performance

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UFC Fight Night 109: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira – Alexander Gustafsson gains a 5th-round knockout over Glover Teixeira in his hometown of Stockholm, Sweden at the Ericsson Globe.

The fight between Gustafsson and Teixeira was previously scheduled for UFC Fight Night 69 in June 2015 but was canceled after Gustafsson was forced to pull out due to injury. With both fighters having lengthy careers, it is clear that this inevitable bout was highly meaningful to the futures of both fighters who find themselves in a considerably small division.

Alexander Gustafsson (18-4) began his MMA career in 2006 and his UFC career in 2009. He was recognized early in his career as being a well-rounded fighter with surprising wrestling technique. Gustafsson is noted for his time spent at Alliance MMA where he trained with a number of big UFC names such as Dominick Cruz, Joey Beltran, and Travis Browne. After a number of wins and losses in the UFC, Gustafsson earned a title shot against former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones at UFC 165. Despite Gustafsson’s controversial decision loss, the bout stood as a career-changing moment for Gustafsson as he was the first contender to challenge the Jones at his own game. Many considered this bout to be the greatest light heavyweight title fight of all time.

A rematch was set for Gustafsson and Jones, however, he was forced to pull out due to injury and was replaced by contender Daniel Cormier. After Cormier won the title, the two were set to meet at UFC 191 but was rescheduled for UFC 192 due to an injury of Cormier’s. Gustafsson lost the fight by split decision and went on to have to pass up a number of fights due to injury, leading up to the bout against Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 109.

What a night it was for Gustafsson.

From the early moments, it was clear that Gustafsson possessed the speed and movement advantage as he circled around Teixeira. Utilizing quick, popping jabs to set up harder strikes, Gustafsson focused on his quick footwork to avoid heavy damage from his opponent.

While some may not be a fan of Gustafsson’s approach to turning his back to his opponent, running to get his back off the cage, and resetting the action by taking the center of the Octagon, it has proven effective in every fight. To the untrained eye, it may seem like Gustafsson is avoiding action initially, but when he regains the center of the Octagon, the Swede begins to blast away at his opponent with hard, crisp boxing techniques.

Towards the end of the first round, Gustafsson accidentally poked Teixeira in his right eye, causing a pause in the action. Teixeria would tell his corner at the conclusion of the round, that he was unable to see out of it, but refused to stop fighting on.

What would unfold from there was an epic display of quick jabs and hard punches from Gustafsson, and incredible heart and will from Teixeira. Over the next 3 rounds, Teixeria would be on the receiving end of the bulk of the damage, unable to find a way to work around the jab of Gustafsson.

In the fifth and final round, after clearly winning every previous round on the scorecards, Gustafsson would unload a hellacious combination ending with a brutal uppercut that dropped Teixeira for the final time.

The official stoppage came at 1:07 in the fifth round to the roars of the Swedish crowd as their hometown fighter scaled the fence in celebration of his performance.

In one of the best performances of his career, Gustafsson may have earned another crack at UFC gold. With Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier set to fight for the title at UFC 214 in July, the Swede may find himself next in line for the winner of that bout. He believes he deserves the winner of that bout and only time will tell if the promotion agrees with him.

To cap off the incredible performance, Gustafsson utilized his post-fight interview time to briefly address the crowd before dropping to one knee and proposing to his girlfriend inside the Octagon.

She said yes!

Official Result: Alexander Gustafsson def. Glover Teixeira via KO (Punch), Round 5 – 1:07

UFC 212 is the next stop for the UFC as the promotion heads to Brazil.

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Felice Herrig vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz in the works for UFC 223

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UFC 223 looks to add a variety of intriguing bouts. With Paul Felder vs. Al Iaquinta reportedly set for the unannounced UFC 223 card, the promotion looks to add a high stakes female flyweight match-up. According to MMANYTT.com, sources confirmed a bout between Felice Herrig and Karolina Kowalkiewicz, is in the works for the pay-per-view card.

 

Assuming the match-up does come to be, both women have much to gain from a victory. For Herrig, she currently sits on a four-fight win streak. A streak in which the strawweight contender defeated Kailin Curran, Alexa Grasso, Justine Kish, and Cortney Casey. The MMA veteran, Herrig, began fighting professionally in 2009. As of late, her issues with the marketing machine that is the UFC have intensified.

After demonstrating her technical prowess over Justine Kish at UFC Fight Night 122: Chiesa vs. Lee, Herrig put her emotions on display. She stated at the post-fight media scrum, “Sometimes, I feel like, I’m not young and beautiful enough for the UFC to want to promote me. And it’s sad because I’ve really worked so hard to be here and it’s hard to see these people who’ve not been through what I’ve been through. Who just got into the UFC at the right time. They’re getting all these opportunities and I see how hard I work to get here and it’s just like, it doesn’t matter. I just feel like, ‘I’m not pretty enough and I’m not getting any younger'”.

A frustrated Felice Herrig then spoke to MMAJunkie.com in December. She claimed, “Aside from (former UFC women’s strawweight champ) Joanna (Jedrzejczyk), I’m the only strawweight who’s gone on a four-fight winning streak. That’s a fact. At this point, I want to fight someone in the top 10. It doesn’t really make sense for me to keep fighting girls that are ranked below me. That’s the whole point. If I want to keep working my way up. I fight the most dangerous girls outside the top 10”. The #9 ranked women’s flyweight has a point. In her UFC career, she recorded one loss in six appearances. Yet, she has one co-main event booking, while fighters like Michelle Waterson, booked the main event in her second UFC bout. In Waterson’s third bout, she received a co-main event scheduling. Understandably, Felice Herrig is upset with her situation.

Later in her interview, Herrig brought up Kowalkiewicz as a potential next opponent. “For whatever reason, I really want to fight Karolina. I just think that would be an exciting fight… Stylistically, I really like that fight. She’s ranked above (me), and it may be a good gauge for me,” she stated. Right now, it looks like Herrig is close to getting what she wants.

Kowalkiewicz last fought in her native country of Poland on the UFC Fight Pass card, UFC Fight Night 118: Cowboy vs. Till, in October. The Polish star defeated Jody Esquibel, after losing consecutive contests to former UFC female strawweight champion, Joanna Jedrzejcyk and Claudia Gadelha, respectively.

A win for either makes a good case for the next or an eventual title challenger. Kowalkiewicz holds a victory over current division champion, Rose Namajunas. While a win for Herrig would further establish her impressive win streak and undoubtedly give her the boost in the rankings she deserves.

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Douglas Lima found out about change to co-main event at Bellator 192 from the internet

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Bellator 192 fight card has gone through a shake-up over the past week. Bellator president Scott Coker revealed last week that the scheduled welterweight title fight between Rory MacDonald and champion Douglas Lima will now be serving as the co-main event and the heavyweight matchup between Chael Sonnen and Rampage Jackson would instead take top billing. At the time no explanation was made for the change. Monday Douglas Lima was a guest on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani to discuss this change.

“I was little bummed, but it is what it is, it’s business you know. I was pretty excited you know? Being the main event, having Rampage fight as the co-main event, I was happy there. Then I was bummed out that they changed it back to the co-main event. It’s not going to change a thing for me, I’m just focusing on the fight.”

Lima has been notoriously looked over in the eyes of fight fans. A longtime member of Bellator and a two-time champion has not gotten the notice he deserves and hopes to get.

“I found out through the internet, nobody tells me anything, I didn’t know. the same thing happened in New York, I thought my fight would be before the two main events there, but it ended up being the first fight of the night on Pay-Per-View. Hopefully, it doesn’t take anything away from the fight, you know spotlight and stuff.”

Lima is looking to make all the naysayers take notice at Bellator 192 that takes place at The Forum in Inglewood, Califonia on January 20th.

“This is the fight I’ve been waiting for for a long time. To get my name out there, to get people to know who I am. I’ve been delivering a lot of good fights, fights fans like to watch but no attention yet. I’m hoping though that after a win over Rory this week it will really put my name out there and show all these welterweights out there that I am for real.”

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Al Iaquinta vs. Paul Felder rescheduled for UFC 223 in April

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MMA fans around the world wept in deep sorrow when Al Iaquinta withdrew from a bout scheduled for UFC 218 against Paul Felder. Weep no more, for Paul Felder faces Al Iaquinta at UFC 223. Rumblings behind the match-up, first reported by FloCombat.com, came Sunday night before MMAFighting.com confirmed the bout scheduled for unannounced pay-per-view card, later in the evening.

 

The original bout fell through due to a severe knee injury to Iaquinta. He spoke to BJ Penn Radio about the injury nearly a week before the December 2nd, PPV event in Detriot. The Long Island real estate agent claimed, “I tore my PCL and my MCL maybe three or four months ago… for me to really put in a full training camp and do what I need to do, I would’ve had to just focus on fighting and physical therapy… it was the kind of thing where all roads led to me not kind of taking a risk and fighting on December 2nd”.

Iaquinta went on to say, “I kind of accepted the fight, but I never signed a bout agreement… I was kind of told I had to give them an answer pretty quick. It was a fight I thought I really wanted. I thought it was a good stylistic match-up for me, so I accepted the fight, and then thinking about it over the course of a day, we realized it probably wasn’t a smart decision for my health, for everything”.

An outspoken lightweight, he is not the first of his kind. Al Iaquinta is no stranger to idly waiting on the sideline for the UFC to make a move. Contract disputes and other bad strokes of luck left the Serra-Longo with three octagon appearances since 2015. The feud between Iaquinta and the promotion comes as a surprise when looking at the credentials of the aforementioned fighter. With an octagon record of 8-2, he earned notoriety as one of the best lightweights in the world. During his time in the UFC, he defeated Kevin Lee, Ross Pearson, Joe Lauzon, Jorge Masvidal, and most recently Diego Sanchez.

His opponent, “The Irish Dragon”, Paul Felder, holds an impressive UFC record of his own. At 7-3, Felder defeated tough competition as well. His record notes wins over Daron Cruickshank, Jason Saggo, Stevie Ray, and Charles Oliveira. Even more impressive than his record, his knockout ratio. At this stage of his career, Felder knockouts 55% of his opponents (10 knockouts in 18 career pro bouts).

Like his opponent Iaquinta, Paul Felder has a separate career outside of fighting. As many should notice, Felder found a role as a color commentator with the promotion he fights for. Following the footsteps in a long line of fighters before him, Felder announced multiple events alongside another new addition to the UFC broadcast team, Brendan Fitzgerald.

PPV card, UFC 223 and its location are not official yet. Despite a lack of an announcement, the event takes place in Brooklyn, New York at the Barclays Centre, according to multiple reports. Currently, the card features no official bouts. Reports state Felice Herrig vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (per Jim Edwards), and Evan Dunham vs. Mairbek Taisumov (per Farah Hannoun) are both in the works for UFC 223.

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