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Sweden’s Alexander Gustafsson will headline a UFC event in his home country for UFC Fight Night 109: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira. His opponent will be fellow light heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira as both try and make their way toward a shot at Daniel Cormier’s title.
Online streaming should be available via UFC.TV, the UFC YouTube channel and of course, UFC Fight Pass.
Gustafsson has fought for the title twice, and in both fights he lost a decision but arguably did enough to win. That was against Jon Jones in 2013 and Cormier in 2015. The Cormier fight came after a TKO loss to Anthony Johnson, but Gustafsson stepped in as a replacement when Johnson couldn’t go.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the hurt business today (Sun., May 28, 2017) after a one-week break to stage UFC Fight Night 109 live from inside Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. The promotion’s latest mixed martial arts (MMA) FOX Sports 1-televised event, headlined by a Light Heavyweight fight between Alexander Gustafsson and Glover Teixeira, will also feature a another pivotal 205-pound showdown between Misha Cirkunov vs. Volkan Oezdemir.
With Jon Jones finally making his long-awaited return to action to face current 205-pound champion Daniel Cormeir at UFC 214 this summer, all seems right with the Light Heavyweight division. But, while Jon was out serving his one-year suspension and trying to get his life back on track, the rest of the division was still chugging along. And two men who were trying their best to stay at the top of the title race were Alexander Gustafsson and Glover Teixeira.
Coming off a win over Jan Blackhowicz in Sept. 2016, Alex will try to string together his first back-to-back victories for the first time since 2012. Yes, five years ago. That said, going 2-3 since then has not affected “The Mauler” much, as he is still the No. 1 ranked fighter in the division right behind the champion. Mind-boggling. That means an impressive win and showing against Glover could put the towering Swede right back into a title fight against the winner of “DC” and Bones.” Glover, meanwhile, is ranked at No. 2, which doesn’t put him that far off from shot at the strap with a win, either. After taking out Jared Cannonier in his previous outing, Teixiera managed to get back on track after previously suffered an eight-second knockout loss to Anthony Johnson. With “Rumble” now retired, both Glover and Gus don’t have to worry about his heavy hands coming at them, and it’s one less contender they have to try to jump over in the title race.
But, they have another rising contender chomping at their behinds, as Misha Cirkunov looks to earn his fifth straight win inside the Octagon when he takes on Volkan Oezdemir in the co-headlining bout. A win for Misha will shoot him up the rankings and cloud up the title picture a bit more, which also has Jimi Manuwa lurking around, as well.
I get it, not all cards can be UFC 211, but it seems most overseas events always get the short end of the stick when it comes to star power. Yes, they’re getting their hometown hero to headline the event; apart from that, the rest of the card is really lacking. Just being honest.
Original Card vs. Actual Card:
This card, believe it nor not, changed quite a bit. After Magnus Cedenblad was removed from the card, Trevor Smith stepped in to face Chris Camozzi. Also, Emil Weber Meek was set to face Nordine Taleb but pulled out of the fight with an injury and replaced by Oliver Enkamp, who will be making his UFC debut.
Both Christian Colombo and Damian Grabowski suffered injuries and their heavyweight matchup was ultimately scrapped. Also, Mairbek Taisumov was set to face Joaquim Silva, but, he also pulled out of the fight with an injury and was replaced by Reza Madadi.