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.
UFC Announces Liverpool Event, Darren Till Main Event
Scousers are drowning in celebration this evening. Earlier today, UFC officials announced the addition of a Liverpool show to their 2018 event calendar. Liverpool’s, Echo Arena, plays host for the event, which takes place on May 27th.
Liverpool’s own, Darren Till made the announcement this afternoon with Dan Hardy at the UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov, ceremonial weigh-in. When asked by Hardy what it means to have the UFC in Liverpool, he had this to day, “Words can’t describe it. It doesn’t do it justice, words. So, it’s coming and I’m going to be the first Scousers to ever have done it. In 200 years they’re going to remember my name in combat sports in Liverpool. I’m gonna take someones chin off in Liverpool, that’s what’s happening”.
He was also quoted in an release from the promotion saying, “I can’t believe UFC is finally coming to Liverpool and I’m going to be headlining Echo Arena. My name is going to be remembered in 200 years time for being part of this historical event and I can’t even describe how much that means to me”. Till will headline the card, his opponent is yet to be announced.
In the official release, it quotes David Shaw, Senior Vice President International and Content, claiming, “The stars really aligned for the Octagon to touch down in Liverpool. We have seen such phenomenal demand from fans in the region for a live event. Pair that with having such a rising, local star in Darren Till it made absolute sense to bring our first live event to this historical combat sports city in 2018”.
UFC Liverpool lands on a date speculated for a different venue, in a different country. Reports swirled last month, specifically one from MMAFighting.com, which claimed the May 27th date belonged to the UFCs return to Dublin. A return to Dublin doesn’t seem to fall completely out of the realm of possibility. For now, it remains to be seen.
The UFC also announced two bouts, both in the Middleweight division, booked for the event. Elias Therodorou takes on Trevor Smith, and Daniel Kelly goes up against England’s Tom Breese.
Marco Reyes Flagged for Potential Anti-Doping Policy Violation
Earlier today, UFC officials announced that Lightweight, Marco Reyes was flagged for a potential UFC Anti-Doping Policy violation. The potential violation hails from a sample collected on March 8th, 2018, in an out-of-competition test.
Reyes made his way into the UFC through The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, season 2. Competing in the lightweight bracket, Reyes defeated Christhian Soto by 2nd rd. TKO of a preliminary round bout. He then went onto to face Horacio Gutiérrez, in the semifinals of the tournament. Gutiérrez defeated Reyes in the opening round by TKO.
Following his elimination from the tournament, the Mexican fighter met Cezar Arzamendia on the series finale, The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. Reyes impressively defeated Arzamendia, whom was the first overall pick for Team Gastelum, by 1st round KO.
From there, Reyes defeated Dong Hung Kim (rd. 1, KO), and Jason Novelli (Split Decision) respectively, before falling to rising contender James Vick. Most recently, the Lightweight fighter dispatched Matt Frevola in the opening round, ruining the Long Islanders promotional debut. His bout against Frevola took place at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi, on January 14th of this year.
The UFC statement on the matter reads as follows:
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Marco Reyes of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on March 8, 2018.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Reyes. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.
Dillon Danis to make Pro debut against Kyle Walker at Bellator 198
Mixed Martial Arts officially adopted another incredibly talented jiu-jitsu practioner today. Bellator officials announced today the long-awaited debut of Dillon Danis, whom the promotion had signed in the year previous. After zero amateur and countless jiu-jitsu matches, Danis makes his debut at Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, against Kyle Walker.
Kyle Walker enters the match up also making his Bellator debut. Walker recently made a resurgence in 2016 after taking off, almost exactly, 3 years. Since returning to the professional scene his record is 0-3, losing each fight by stoppage (2 Sub, 1 KO).
Walker looks to snap his streak yet, his opponent could provide a major challenge. In terms of advantages for Walker, he has a massive and obvious one. His experience. Walkers opponent fights for the first time in the sport of MMA. While Danis competed in many top-level jiu-jitsu tournaments and matches, comparing the competition would stop and end upon examining the rule sets. It is quite obvious, the difference. Danis will have a bit of adversity to overcome, in that respect.
In spite of this, Danis’ team, he trains out of the highly regarded SBG Ireland. Even before his MMA training, he trained under Marcelo Garcia. He earned his black belt in April of 2015, following an incredible 2014. In that year, Danis became UAEJJF World Champion, winning gold in the 82 kg (181 lb.) Brown belt category.
The prospect of what that could look like inside the cage is exciting. He may have developed some striking techniques but, the lack of time dedicated to that training in undeniable. Experience and time is required to develop skills of any kind.
Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, takes place on Saturday, April 28th from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Bellator 198 features the third of four preliminary bouts in the promotions Heavyweight Grand Prix, Fedor Emelianenko takes on Frank Mir. It serves as the nights main event. Other bouts on the card feature; Emmanuel Sanchez against Sam Sicilia, Neiman Gracie faces Javier Torres, Rafael Lavato Jr. vs. John Salter, and more.
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