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UFC Fight Night 109 Stockholm Smackdown

“Halla” Fight Freaks! That’s ‘Hello’ in Swedish. The UFC is back in the land of renewable energy for UFC Fight Night 109. Gustafsson vs. Teixeira is slated for the main event in what looks like to be an interesting card all around. The time difference will have this card kick off on Sunday rather than Saturday. FS1 coverage will begin at 11 AM ET. The main card has two intriguing matchups that should lend some clarity to the light heavyweight division. Anytime the big boys go at it, fight fans should tune in because fireworks are imminent.

Alexander Gustafsson will take on Glover Teixeira in what should come down to a standup war. Both fighters boast a 60% TKO/KO percentage going into this fight. If statistics can provide any sort of picture as to how the fight will play out, betting odds will say this fight ends with someone getting their lights turned out. Glover and Alexander share similar opponents in Jon Jones and Anthony Johnson. Even more interesting is they have both fallen to these opponents in the same fashion. Anthony “Rumble” Johnson knocked out both fighters and Jon Jones beat both Glover and Alex by five-round decision.

This fight is closer than odds makers would have you think. Gustafsson is a -310 favorite and Teixeira a +240 underdog. This will be a five-round fight and both fighters are coming off of tune-up wins against lesser opponents. Confidence is high for both gentlemen and each fighter can see a win here setting them up for the winner of Jones/Cormier 2 in July. Honestly, this fight is a coin flip. Both men are battle tested against top tier opposition. Both fighters have fought for a title. The difference maker sounds cliché but the one who wants it more will come out victorious. Gustafsson comes away with a five-round stoppage or decision win against Teixeira in his hometown in front of his own fans. Teixeira has been in more wars and has more miles on him which edges the fight in Alex’s favor.

UFC Fight Night Stockholm graces fight fans with another light heavyweight scrap between two top ten ranked opponents. Volkan Oezdemir, ranked #5, squares off against Misha Cirkunov (#7) in the co-main event. This fight isn’t the proverbial coin flip like the main event is. Volkan Oezdemir made his UFC short-notice debut against Ovince Saint Preux where he showcased good stand up and take down defense. Volkan was able to keep the fight standing and scored well with combinations moving forward. There were times in that fight he absorbed damage with his back against the fence. Overall Volkan out struck Saint Preux to a decision victory.

Misha Cirkunov is a different animal though. This fight will take place in all of the areas Volkan does not want it too. Cirkunov’s grappling and ground game will overwhelm Volkan and expect to see a finish in the first or second round. Vegas agrees and places Cirkunov as a -380 favorite. Cirkunov looks to be the future of the light heavyweight division and this fight is probably a showcase for him to get a finish against a top five opponent. Cirkunov has received high praise from current light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier. If the champ thinks you can someday be champion, he is probably onto something.

The third fight on the main card should see an exciting finish between two strike heavy fighters. Middleweight Alex Nicholson will scrap with Sweden’s own Jack Hermansson. This fight will kick off the main card for UFC Fight Night 109. Both fighters are looking to work their way up the middleweight rankings. Similar styles will clash and a knockout looks to be how this fight is going to conclude. Hermansson sports a 57% knockout percentage coming into this fight and Nicholson who has fewer fights than Jack but a 86% knockout percentage.

There should be little to no feeling out process in this fight. Nicholson is a fast starter who tends to fade in the later rounds. Hermansson is also on the high output end of middleweights and will look to land big shots early. This should be a firefight and the edge should go to Nicholson because he has been in the octagon with better competition over his brief UFC career. A sleeper for fight of the night, don’t miss this one.

UFC Fight Night 109 Main Event:
205 lbs.: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Glover Teixeira

UFC Fight Night 109 Main Card on FOX Sports 1 (1 p.m. ET):
205 lbs.: Misha Cirkunov vs. Volkan Oezdemir
170 lbs.: Ben Saunders vs. Peter Sobotta
170 lbs.: Omari Akhmedov vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan
170 lbs.: Emil Meek vs. Nordine Taleb
185 lbs.: Jack Hermansson vs. Alex Nicholson

UFC Fight Night 109 Prelims on FOX Sports 1 (11 a.m. ET):
135 lbs.: Pedro Munhoz vs. Damian Stasiak
185 lbs.: Chris Camozzi vs. Trevor Smith
155 lbs.: Joaquim Silva vs. Reza Madadi
170 lbs.: Nico Musoke vs. Bojan Velickovic

UFC Fight Night 109 Prelims on Fight Pass (9:30 a.m. ET):
170 lbs.: Jessin Ayari vs. Darren Till
155 lbs.: Damir Hadzovic vs. Marcin Held

Chris Grabowski

Chris Grabowski

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Former Division 1 athlete turned combat sports enthusiast. Combat sports can be described as human problem solving with dire physical consequences.
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