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Gustafsson dominates Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 109

By on May 28, 2017

Alexander GustafssonStop me if you’ve heard this one before: Alexander Gustafsson put himself into title contention with a strong performance this weekend.

Deja vu, right? Gustafsson never really leaves the title picture, as evidenced by how he bounced back from his loss against Daniel Cormier at UFC 192 with two straight wins in his next pair of bouts.

Today’s win, a KO win over Glover Teixeira, was much more impressive than his win last September over Jan Blachowicz, where his opponent was tougher than expected and lasted all three rounds, despite not having the name recognition of most of Gustafsson’s opponents.

It became clear early on that Teixeira was going to be in for a tough fight. Gustafsson used his range flawlessly, landing significant strikes from the outside with ease. He peppered his punching combinations with standing elbows and more than a few right uppercuts.

Teixeira showed the heart that he has been known for throughout his career, but it just wasn’t enough to help him grab a foothold in a fight that continued to get away from him. In the fifth round, three straight uppercuts landed for Gustafsson, who then used a right hook to send Teixeira to the mat for good.

Meanwhile, Volkan Oezdemir continued to make a name for himself at 205 pounds, as he improved his record to 14-1 with a quick knockout of Misha Cirkunov. Cirkunov looked a bit too confident to start, pushing forward with big strikes before taking a short right counter from Oezdemir behind his ear. He fell flat to the floor and had no answer for the follow-up punches, leading to a TKO win for Oezdemir just 28 seconds into the bout.

Ben Saunders was unable to keep his winning streak going, as he fell victim to a second-round knockout against Peter Sobotta, who improved to 17-5-1 in his MMA career.

Saunders had trouble standing and trading shots with Sobotta from the beginning of the fight, when Sobotta landed numerous left hands to open the contest. Saunders got through the round, but was hurt by straight lefts two separate times early in the second and eventually dropped with a vicious knee, leading to the stoppage.

In other action, Abdul Razak Alhassan surprisingly dropped a decision to Omari Akhmedov, landing takedowns throughout the fight and moving to dominant positions multiple times while taking a split decision. Akhmedov moved to 16-5 with the win, while Alhassan suffered his first career loss to drop to 7-1.

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