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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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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”

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Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:

Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”

Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.

Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”

Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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