Anytime you have the #1 and #2 contenders in a division facing off it’s a big deal. Tonight in Sweden that’s what we got when Alexander Gustafsson returned from an eight month layoff when he faced off against former title contender Glover Teixeira. With a potential title shot on the line both men laid it on the line at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm.
Teixeira came out strong in the opening round but it was all Gustafsson from the second round until the end of the fight. The Brazilian slugger caught a finger to the eye early in the fight and never really recovered as Gustafsson knocked him out in the fifth round.
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After the fight “The Mauler” called his girlfriend into the octagon and proposed to her in front of thousands of screaming fans. She said yes, of course, and became his finacee. It’s now known when the wedding will take place.
Gustafsson is now the #1 contender and will likely face the winner of the Daniel Cormier vs Jon Jones fight in July. Gus has lost to both men but both bouts were instant classics and close decision losses. A rematch with either man will be an easy sell to UFC fans all over the world.