Miss any action this past week in the MMA world? Check out below to catch the highlights!
Co-Main and Main Event Highlights
In the Main Event in Sweden, Gustafsson and Teixeira hoped to once again prove why they deserve to get another crack at UFC gold. Gustafsson would go on to batter Teixeira over the course of 5 rounds, where he finally got the stoppage victory with 1 ½ minutes left in the fight. Gustafsson out-landed his foe 108 strikes to 62. The weapon of the night was the upper cut, which Gustafsson used frequently. After earning the stoppage victory in the 5th round, Gustafsson took the opportunity to propose to his girlfriend who just recently gave birth to their first child. A rematch with Daniel Cormier or Jon Jones promises to be exciting.
In the Co-Main Event, two light heavyweights hoped to climb the rankings and steal a spot inside the Top 5. Volkan Oezdemir recently got a victory over Ovince St Preux, but still somehow found himself as a large underdog against Misha Cirkunov. If you somehow blinked during this fight, there is a chance you may have missed it. Misha blitzed Volkan and forced him against the cage, while landing a few lead punches. Volkan only needed to land one punch that floored Misha, while everyone looked on in disbelief. Volkan proved that he has that night ending power, and it’ll be interesting to see who the UFC matches him up against next. Maybe a fight with Jimi Manuwa could result in fireworks.
50 G’s Baby
Fight of the Night went to the two Light Heavyweights in the Main Event that showed heart and skill. Not once did Gustafson look to be in any type of trouble over the course of the fight, and he was given the opportunity to showcase his improved striking. Teixeira won many fans over with his heart and dedication, as it literally took EVERYTHING to put him away.
Performance of the Night winners were Bojan Velickovic and Damir Hadzovic. Both fighters earned stoppage victories in the beginning of the 3rd round. Damir was losing his fight against Marcin Held, but when Held rolled in for a leg, Damir greeted him with a knee that ended his night instantly.
GDR is on the Run
After winning the inaugural Women’s Featherweight Championship against Holly Holm earlier this year, many fans assumed a fight with Cris Cyborg would be next for Germaine de Randamine. GDR’s manager recently stated that his client has no interest in fighting Cyborg because of her past failed drug tests. GDR even recently announced that she is likely to return to the Bantamweight division, which may result in her vacating the Featherweight Championship. What a mess this division has turned out to be. Megan Anderson, please come help sort this mess out.
Dillashaw wants a Title Shot
News recently broke that Cody Garbrandt injured his back and has pulled out of his July fight with TJ Dillashaw. After hearing this, DIllashaw started campaigning for the next crack at Mighty Mouse’s championship, which would result in Dillashaw dropping down a weight class. Fans everywhere starting drooling at this idea, but Mighty Mouse quickly shut the idea down. He stated that if Dillashaw were to come down to his weight, he would need to win a fight first, if he wants a title fight. Just because he is dropping down a weight class doesn’t make it a super fight, as he is currently not a champion.
Garbrandt has stated that Dillashaw should just wait for when he is back to 100% so they can settle their beef. On Monday, Cody told Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour “TJ, if you get beat, I will never fight you. I’m gonna go down and fight Demetrious at 25. You lost that chance. TJ, you go in there and beat DJ, I’m gonna jump down to 25 and steal your belt. That’s what I told Dana.”
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