proposes:Alexander Gustafsson put on a striking clinic in front of his hometown fans at UFC Stockholm before buckling Glover Teixeira with three uppercuts and a right cross that finished the main event clash in the fifth round.
In his post-fight interview, the Swede used his platform to propose to his partner, who had given birth to their first born in the lead up to the bout.
Gustafsson’s footwork and striking selection were better than ever and he put the top-ranked Brazilian down on several occasions with his crisp combinations.
He praised Teixeira’s durability after the contest, saying: ‘I hit him with bombs and he just took every shot.
‘He’s a great fighter. It’s an honour to fight a great in my hometown, Stockholm. I appreciate the love and all of the support thank you.’
‘The Mauler’ will have a close eye on the UFC 214 main event between his two former foes Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones. After such a sublime showing against Teixeira, he could be next man to fight for the title.
The Swede proposed to his girlfriend in the Octagon after the win
For Gustafsson his big homecoming event could not have gone any better
Volkan Ozdemir improved on his stellar 2017 with a second UFC win in as many outings when he knocked highly touted light-heavyweight prospect Misha Cirkunov in just thirty seconds in the co-main event.
Cirkunov closed the distance from the first bell. Trying to force a clinch with Ozdimer, the Canadian pushed his opponent up against the fence, but Ozdemir dipped out and caught him with a right hand behind the ear that ended the contest instantly.
The win over Cirkunov will bolster Ozdemir’s stock significantly having defeated former interim light-heavyweight contender, Ovince St Preux, in his debut in February.
In the build up fights, Volkan Ozdemir recorded a 30-second knockout of Misha Cirkunov
Peter Sobotta’s stopping power was all too much for UFC veteran Ben Saunders to deal with and in the second round, the German finished his opponent with a devastating knee from the clinch.
Sobotta rocked Saunders on several occasions over the two rounds. He threw so much power at Saunders that he appeared to break his hand in the exchanges. As soon as the action was brought to a close he grimaced in pain and clutched the power right that had Saunders on Queer Street on multiple occasions.
Omari Akhmedov’s durability was a sight to behold as he handed previously undefeated Abdul Razak Alhassan his first loss via split decision.
Alhassan had never gone beyond the two-minute mark before his meeting with the Russian, but Akhmedov forced the knockout artist into deep waters as he punctuated his performance with powerful double leg takedowns.
Unbeaten hometown debutant Oliver Enkamp took the first loss of his career against Nordine Taleb. Despite the Stockholm native displaying a wide range of techniques on the ground and on the feet, Taleb’s experience allowed him to take control of the contest after a spirited start from his opponent.
Former Cage Warriors middleweight champion Jack Hermansson opened up the main card with a brutal display of ground and pound that ended Alex Nicholson’s night in the first round.
Omari Akhmedov was in great form as he handed undefeated Abdul Razak Alhassan a first loss
Liverpool’s Darren Till returned to the Octagon after 17 months on the sidelines to record an emphatic unanimous decision win over experienced campaigner Jessin Ayari.
The British Muay Thai proponent showcased growth in his grappling skillset, taking down the German on a number of occasions. Ayari was dropped twice in the second round after finding himself on the end of Till’s straight left hand.
Till called for a quick turnaround after the victory, looking to make up the time he lost due to a shoulder injury he picked up in his draw with Nicholas Dalby in Dublin in October 2015.