Gustafsson Gets It Done in Style vs. Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 109

Jason Lake

Monday, May 29, 2017 12:31 PM UTC

Monday, May. 29, 2017 12:31 PM UTC

The UFC odds were piling chalk on Alexander Gustafsson, but in the end he looked better than ever during Sunday’s fifth-round knockout win over Glover Teixeira. 

Turns out Alexander Gustafsson is doing just fine, thank you. We were a bit concerned about the -325 price Gustafsson was laying on the UFC odds board for Sunday’s Fight Night 109 main event in Stockholm, but the big Swede put on a hell of a show, dominating Glover Teixeira before knocking him out in the fifth round. We recommended Teixeira as a live dog; if you took the less risky option and had this fight finishing inside the distance (-180), well done.

Gustafsson will almost certainly get another Light Heavyweight title shot after Sunday’s performance. He’s already earned Fight of the Night honors for his work, which, according to FightMetric, included 97 significant strikes to 42 for Teixeira. Kudos to the veteran Brazilian for taking that punishment and fighting back, but he was well behind in every round and ended up counting the ring lights after a nasty right hook to the temple.

Volkan Death Punch

At least Teixeira made it to the fifth round. The big shock from Sunday’s card was Volkan Oezdemir (+335) dropping Misha Cirkunov just 28 seconds into their co-main event bout. This is the second time Oezdemir has messed up people’s UFC picks; the Swiss native earned a split decision over Ovince Saint Preux (-420) in his Octagon debut back in February.

Cirkunov will have to work his way back up the light heavyweight ladder after Sunday’s loss, but he shouldn’t let this result slow him down too much. The promising Latvian-Canadian judoka just happened to get tagged behind the left ear on a short counter after unleashing a flurry on Oezdemir. Note to self: Don’t get hit in the side of the head. Bad things happen.

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INSANE! @volkan_oezdemir makes quick work of Cirkunov at #UFCStockholm!

— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) May 28, 2017


There was one more underdog win on the main card: Omari Akhmedov (+220) earned a well-deserved split decision over Abdul Razak Alhassan, even if the judges weren’t in full agreement. Two of them had Akhmedov winning all three rounds, while the other had Alhassan ahead 29-28. You could make a case for either fighter winning the second round. Anyway, justice was served in the end, and the UFC has a new face to watch in the welterweight division.

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