UFC Fight Night 109: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira

Ericsson Globe | Stockholm, Sweden

Sunday, May 28, 2017



The early prelims started out with a bang! What a twist of events in the fight between Hadzovic and Held.  Just when we thought the one fighter had won 2 of the 3 rounds, the other comes in with a knockout in the first 7 seconds of round 3 and steals the fight! Read on to see who!!  That was a fight worth watching for sure.  Non stop action from start to finish.  The prelims also started with a turn of events whereby the fighter winning 2 of the 3 rounds gets blindsided by a TKO and ends up losing! Another fight to see that occurred between Nico Musoke vs. Bojan Velickovic which ended at 4:37 of Round 3!  The fight between Reza Madadi and Joaquim Silva went to the judges for decision however the turn out didn’t seem to be what we or the crowd thought.  Read our recap to see why and let us know who you thought should have won.  The fight between Jack Hermansson and Alex Nicholson ended as quickly as it began with Hermansson winning by TKO at 2:00 of Round 1!! That was another intense fight that is worth watching. The fight between Ben Saunders vs. Peter Sobotta ended well with a good TKO by Sobotta in the second round.  Another fight that was over before it started was between Misha Cirkunov and Volkan Oezdemir where Oezdemir won by TKO at 0:28 of Round 1.  The main card went all 5 rounds however ended at 1:07 of the last round with Alexander Gustafsson knocking out Glover Teixeira.  With all those upper cuts we were shocked it went that far.  And of course, the perfect wrap up to the card was a proposal by Gustafsson.  Congratulations to them both!

Overall, this card averaged a score of 3.50/5 therefore giving the card a rating of 5/5. This card is now tied for third along with 2 other fight nights February 4 and March 11.

Until next time, Stay Tuned, Stay Focused. Good Night till the Next Fight.

Fighting out of the BLUE CORNER and fighting out of the RED CORNER


Ben “Killa B” Saunders (Florida, USA) 21  –  7  – 2 vs. Peter Sobotta (Balingen, Germany) 16  – 5  – 1 Welterweight
  • ROUND 1 – Sobotta comes out with a huge hook that drops Saunders.  Saunders gets up very quickly or this fight would have been over quick! Both fighters are back in the centre of the Octagon. Both fighters trading combos. Saunders is bleeding from the left eye most likely from the hook it got earlier.  Sobotta hits Saunders with another hook and drops him.  He didn’t quite finish Saunders off however that will definitely win him the round.  Saunders is going for a submission with 10 seconds to go however doesn’t get it before the horn blows.  We give this round to Sobotta.
  • ROUND 2 – The round starts with both fighters exchanging strikes in the center of the Octagon.  Nothing of significance until Sobotta hit Saunders with another hook.  He’s wobbling now! A jab by Sobotta only adds to Saunders wobble.  Sobotta with another left hook that drops Saunders to his knees.  Saunders gets back up when Sobotta lands a right knee to his head and drops him.  Sobotta goes to give more punches while Saunders is down however the referee intervenes and stops the fight.  Peter Sobotta wins by TKO at 2:29 of Round 2.  Fight Rate: 4/5


Omari “Wolverine” Akhmedov (Makhachkala, Russia) 7  – 0  – 0 vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan (Texas, USA) 16  – 3  – 0 Welterweight
  • ROUND 1 – Alhassan goes for a kick caught by Akhmedov and gets a stiff jab to the face that knocks him down. Akhmedov is on top however Alhassan escapes.  Both fighters are exchanging strikes with nothing significant so far.  With 40 seconds to go, we give the round to Akhmedov due to the knock down.
  • ROUND 2 – Both fighters come out aggressive, which was to be expected.  Akhmedov takes Alhassan down to the mat with a beautiful take down.  Alhassan escapes and both fighters are now standing.  Akhmedov takes Alhassan down once again and then once more when Alhassan gets back up! This round goes to Akhmedov for the multiple take downs.
  • ROUND 3 – The third round starts with both fighters coming out swinging.  However, Akhmedov takes Alhassan down yet again and has full mount. Alhassan escapes with a minute left to go.  Nothing else transpires.  The horn blows and the fight is over.  We give this round and fight to Akhmedov 30-27.  Judges decide 30-27 Akhmedov, 29-28 Alhassan, 30-27 for your winner by split decision Omari Akhmedov.  Fight Rate: 3/5
Oliver “The Future” Enkamp (Stockholm, Sweden) 7  –  0  – 0 vs. Nordine Taleb (Quebec, Canada) 11  – 4  – 0  Welterweight
Fight Fact! This is home town kid Oliver Enkamp’s UFC debut! 
  • ROUND 1 – Both fighters coming out feeling the other out.  Taleb looking for the power punch.  Enkamp looking for a take down and has Taleb against the cage.  He succeeds however it doesn’t last long as both fighters are back in the centre of the Octagon.  Taleb throws Enkamp to the mat and is on top.  Enkamp looking for a submission with Taleb defending it well and raining down a few punches.  The round ends.  It was close, however we give the edge to Taleb due to his take down and control of the round.
  • ROUND 2 –  A stiff jab by Taleb stuns Enkamp.  Taleb taking control of the round being the more aggressive striker.  Taleb is counter striking Enkamp’s strikes.  Enkamp tries to take Kaleb down, Kaleb defends well and ends up on top of Enkamp.  With a minute left, both fighters are still struggling for position.  Tis round is all Taleb.
  • ROUND 3 – Taleb starts off the round counter striking which seems to be working out well for him.  Enkamp trying to get something going with his kicks, however Taleb keeps on countering with punches. Taleb secures a take down against the cage with 1:30 left in the round. Great strategy to use this late in the last round. Enkamp is trying to look for a opening for a submission, with no success.  Taleb dropping some elbows in Enkamp’s face. The horn blows and the round ends. We give this round and the fight to Taleb 30-27.  Lets see if the judges agree.  They decide to score the fight 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28, winner by unanimous decision Nordine Taleb. Fight Rate: 3/5


Jack “The Joker” Hermansson (Oslo, Norway) 14  – 3  – 0 vs. Alex “The Spartan” Nicholson (Florida, USA) 7  – 3  – 0 Middleweight

  • ROUND 1 – Hermansson goes in for a take down 30 seconds into the round and secures it! Seems like starting off the fight with take downs is our trend this time.  Hermansson landing some punches to Nicholson’s face and has full mount.  The crowd is in an uproar as Hermansson rains down punches! The referee stops the fight and Jack Hermansson wins by TKO at 2:00 of Round 1! Wow! Fight Rate: 4/5


Pedro “The Young Punisher” Munhoz (Sao Paulo, Brazil) 13  –  2  – 0 vs. Damian “Webster” Stasiak (Lodz, Poland) 10  – 3  – 0 Bantamweight

  • ROUND 1 – Stasiak with a big inside leg kick to start the round.  Both fighters feeling each other out.  A big head kick by Munhoz.  Stasiak retaliates with a few stiff jabs.  Stasiak goes for a take down however Munhoz defends it well with a submission attempt.  Munhoz goes for a take down now and Stasiak defends it well.  30 seconds to go. It’s been  very close fight thus far however we give this round to Stasiak for being the more active fighter.
  • ROUND 2 – A stiff jab by Munhoz to start off the round! Another head kick by Munhoz! Both fighters are exchanging strikes.  Nothing of significance.  With a minute left in the round we give it to Munhoz for landing more strikes.
  • ROUND 3 – Round 3 starts! With the rounds tied so far, someone needs to win this to win the fight.  Munhoz takes Stasiak down with 3:30 to go.  The referee stands them back up due to inactivity.  Munhoz gets Stasiak with a right hook that stuns him.  A leg kick by Munhoz! Seems like he’s started to take control of this round.  Once again Munhoz takes Stasiak down.  A minute left in the round and the fight.  Munhoz looking for a submission.  OH! Another take down by Munhoz.  Stasiak gets back up but back down he goes! Back up and again! 3 take downs by Munhoz.  30 seconds to go.  That may have won him the round and the fight.  The crowd is on fire! We give the round and fight to Munhoz 29-28.  And we’re correct, Pedro Munhoz for the win.  Fight Rate: 3/5

Chris Camozzi (Colorado, USA) 24  – 12  – 0 vs. Trevor ” Hot Sauce” Smith (Washington, USA) 14  – 7  – 0 Middleweight

  • ROUND 1 – Smith takes Camozzi down within the first 30 seconds of Round 1.  Camozzi going for a submission however it doesn’t pay off and he leaves himself exposed.  Both fighters are now standing however the mood of the arenas has dropped dramatically from the previous fight.  Smith takes Camozzi down once again with a minute to go.  The round ends, we give it to Smith for being in control and on top for majority of the round.
  • ROUND 2 – Smith starts the round off again by taking Camozzi down.  The crowd is booing.  This is definitely a change of pace compared to the previous fights.  Camozzi’s eye is bleeding from the elbows landed by Smith.  Smith has been on top of Camozzi since the take down 30 seconds into the round.  With 15 seconds to go we give this round to Smith for his pure dominance.
  • ROUND 3 – The round starts off with Smith having Camozzi against the cage looking for a take down.  The referee breaks it up due to inactivity,  Smith takes Camozzi down with 2:30 to go.  He has been there ever since as the round comes to an end.  We give this round and the fight to Smith 30-27.  Let’s see if the judges agree or throw us another curveball.  Judges decide 30-27, 30-26 and 30-26 for winner by unanimous decision Trevor Smith! Fight Rate: 3/5
Reza “Mad Dog” Madadi (Stockholm, Sweden) 14  – 5  – 0 vs. Joaquim “Netto BJJ” Silva (Curitiba, Brazil) 9  – 1  – 0 Lightweight
  • ROUND 1 – Both fighters start off by feeling each other out.  Madadi takes Silva down with a double leg take down however Silva is back up in no time only to be taken down again.  Silva defending well when it comes to Madadi looking to get a better position.  Silva attempting a submission as the round comes to an end and he doesn’t get it. We give the Madadi for his control over majority of the round by having Silva on his back.
  • ROUND 2 – Round 2 starts with a head kick by Silva that drops Madadi, however he quickly gets back up as well.  Madadi with another take down but yet again Silva gets back up.  Silva with a head kick to Madadi again that stuns him this time followed by body shots.  Madadi retaliates with a spinning elbow that makes contact! These fighters are really going at it.  Another spinning elbow! Silva with a good flurry of strike against Madadi.  Madidi responds back with an upper cut.  40 seconds to go!  Although it was a very close round, we give it to Madadi for his counter strikes and take downs.
  • ROUND 3 –  Both fighters coming out fast.  Silva comes out aggressive but has no effect on Madadi.  A take down by Madadi! Madadi is keeping the pressure on Silva, not letting him get up.  Silva ends up reversing the position however both fighters are back standing.  A good back and forth, up and down, side to side battle this has been.  Just over a minute to go when Madadi goes for a take down and Silva reverses it.  Silva is now on top of Madadi throwing some punches.  We give this round to Silva for his reversals and being in the dominant position for majority of the fight.  We give the fight to Madadi 28-27.  Over to the judges once again.  They decide 29-28 Silva, 29-28 Madadi and 29-28 for you winner by split decision Joaquim Silva! We didn’t agree with that decision and neither did the crowd as they boo at the judges.  Fight Rate: 3/5
Nico Musoke (Stockholm, Sweden) 13  –  4  – 0   vs. Bojan “Serbian Steel” Velickovic (Novi Sad, Serbia) 14 – 4 – 0  Welterweight
  • ROUND 1 – The round begins with the fighters feeling each other out.  Musoke takes Velickovic down against the cage and holds him there.  Both fighters are now back in the centre of the Octagon continuing from there.  Musoke has Velickovic against the cage after an attempted body kick. Both fighters break and Musoke is giving the better of the striking exchanges. The round ends.  We give the first round to Musoke for controlling the round and having more effective striking.
  • ROUND 2 –  With two minutes in, no one has taken over the round yet.  Velickovic takes Musoke down to the mat.  This may be enough for him to win the round if he can keep him there.  And he can’t.  Musoke gets back up with 50 seconds left.  Musoke then takes Velickovic down and has him pinned against the cage.  The round ends with Musoke taking control.  Due to that we give the round to Musoke.
  • ROUND 3 – Musoke has Velickovic up against the cage once again working to better his position by not letting Velickovic leave his pinned position.  Both fighters are back in the centre of the Octagon exchanging some combos.  A minute left to go in the fight.  Velickovic  lands a right hook to the head that wobbles Musoke like he’s a deer on ice and drops him.  Velickovic jumps on him, landing some more strikes however the referee stops the fight.  Bojan Velickovic wins by TKO at 4:37 of Round 3.  Fight Rate: 4/5


Jessin Ayari (Nuremberg, Germany) 16  – 3  – 0 vs. Darren Till (Santa Catarina, Brazil) 13 – 0 – 1 Welterweight

  • ROUND 1 – What a different pace to start off this fight verses the previous one.  With  two minutes in, both fighters are still looking to figure each other out.  Till stuns Ayari with a left hook and again! Till is putting on the pressure now.  A head kick by Till! Till with a take down, Ayari gets back up with Till giving the better of the exchanges.  The round ends with a stand up fight.  We give the round to Till for the more effective striking.
  • ROUND 2 – Till starting out the round by landing a left hook to Ayari and drops him. Ayari is on the ground working for a submission however Till escapes.  Ayari kicks Till off and stands up.  These fighters are going at it in their stand up fight! Till with another hook dropping Ayari once again.  Till is now on top and is landing elbows.  4 have landed cleanly.  We give this round once again to Till for dropping him twice even though he wasn’t able to finish them, it was excellent effort on Till’s part.
  • ROUND 3 – Till starting out round 3 with another left hook to Ayari however doesn’t drop him.  Till landing a few body kicks to Ayari.  With less than a minute to go no-one seems to be dominating this round.  Till decides to take over however there is a quick time out at Ayari gets poked in the eye.  The fighters are on their way.  Till stays out of the way to buy time to end the round.  We give this round and fight to Till 30-27.  Over to the judges for their decision. Judges decide 30-27, 30-27 and 29-27 for winner by unanimous decision Darren Till.   Fight Rate: 3/5

Damir Hadzovic (Copenhagen, Denmark) 10  – 3  – 0 vs. Marcin Held (Tychy, Poland) 22 –  6 – 0 Lightweight

  • ROUND 1 – We are on our way! All the way from beautiful Stockhlom Sweden! We start with Hadzovic landing a knee to Held’s face.  Ooh what a way to start off a fight.  Held responses back with a few punches and strikes however Hadzovic with another kick.  They seem to be paying off and landing their mark.  And another! It’s a nice back and forth battle which is a good way to start the card.  Held works hard for a take down and finally gets Hadzovic down to the mat. Held is attempting a few submissions.  Although so far he is unsuccessful.  20 seconds left.  And the round is over.  We give this round to Held for dominating majority of the round with a take down and submission attempts.
  • ROUND 2 – Ooo! A spinning back kick by Held that lands to start the round! Wow! Followed by a take down, Held is once attempting submissions. Held now has Hadzovic’s back.  Hadzovic does a great job defending it and escapes catching Held with an elbow to the head. Held again with a take down.  Held is attempting a head and arm choke submission however once again Hadzovic defends it well! Just over a minute to go.  We give that round to Held as well.
  • ROUND 3 – Round 3 starts and ENDS! Held starts by going for a take down and ends up taking a knee to the head instead.  He is out! Damir Hadzovic wins by KO at 0.07 of Round 3.  What an unexpected turn by Hadzovic!! Fight Rate: 4/5

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