Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC Fight Night 109: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira, emanating from the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.
The Octagon visits Sweden for the fifth time, and the first since January 2015, and the event is headlined by a five-round bout in the light heavyweight division as former title challengers Alexander Gustafsson and Glover Teixeira do battle.
Gustafsson is looking to score his second straight win and put himself in the running for the next title contender, while Teixeira is also looking to score his second straight win and get himself back into the picture. These two have been scheduled to fight twice before until injuries put a halt to those planned fights.
The co-main event is another light heavyweight battle, this time between fighters looking to take the next step to title contention as Volkan Oezdemir looks to make it four straight wins when he takes on Misha Cirkunov, winner of eight straight fights.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 10 a.m. eastern time with preliminary action all the way thru the main card.
UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS | 10 AM ET/7 AM PT
> Marcin Held (22-6, 0-2 UFC) vs. Damir Hadzovic (10-3, 0-1 UFC)
They were swinging early. Held was landing punches better but Hadzovic did hurt him with a head kick. They were each landing punches and Held landed a knee in the clinch and then scored a takedown. Held was controlling from the top working in the guard and landing elbows. Held was able to pass to half-guard and hold Hadzovic down before moving back to the full guard. Held dived for a leg and almost lost position but was able to get back into the guard and transitioned to the back and was working for a choke, but the round ended without him getting it. 10-9 Held.
Held landed a spin kick and then scored a takedown against the fence. Held was able to transition to the back and had the hooks in and was working for the choke. Hadzovic was able to spin out and landed a big elbow in the clinch. Held got another takedown and was working for an anaconda choke but Hadzovic was able to escape but was stuck in north-south position. Held spun to side control and back into the full guard. Held got to mount and then moved to the back and had the choke almost locked in but time ran out. 10-9 Held, 20-18 Held.
WOW. Hadzovic landed a perfectly-timed knee as Held was going for a takedown and knocked Held out cold. A big comeback win for Hadzovic as he was down in this fight.
Official Result- Damir Hadzovic def. Marcin Held by knockout (knee) at :07 of Round 3
> Darren Till (13-0-1, 1-0-1 UFC) vs. Jessin Ayari (16-3, 1-0 UFC)
Welterweights* (Till missed weight by five pounds, coming in at 176)
Slow-paced start in the first minute with Till using feints but he landed a hard left hand. Till landed another and Ayari was back-pedaling. Till landed another two left hands and Ayari was in trouble. Till landed a head kick and another. Till got a brief takedown but that was a mistake getting a takedown when Ayari was clearly hurt standing. Till got another takedown. Ayari scrambled to his feet but ate a left hand. Till landed some more punches in a clear winning round for him. 10-9 Till.
Till rocked Ayari with another left hand and got a takedown and landed a left in the guard. Ayari was looking for a triangle but Till was defending. Ayari was able to push Till off and they got to their feet but Till landed a left hand. Ayari went for a takedown but Till grabbed the top of the cage to block it. Ayari got a brief takedown. Till dropped Ayari with a left hand and went to the ground looking to finish as he landed some big elbows. Ayari survived a big onslaught from Till on the mat. 10-9 Till, 20-18 Till.
They traded some punches. Ayari pushed Till against the fence and landed an elbow but Till was able to break. Till landed a head kick. Ayari landed some good punches and a body kick as Till has slowed his pace. His bad weight cut and missing weight likely hurting his cardio here. Till did land a left hand. Ayari was poked in the eye and we have a timeout. Till landed a head kick as the fight restarted. Till with some more punches as the fight ends. 10-9 Till, 30-27 Till.
Official Result- Darren Till def. Jessin Ayari by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-27)
FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS | 11 AM ET/8 AM PT
> Nico Musoke (13-4 1 NC, 3-2 UFC) vs. Bojan Velickovic (14-4-1, 1-1-1 UFC)
They traded early and Musoke got a takedown. Musoke was landing from the top but Velickovic was able to get to his feet. They traded kicks. Musoke caught a single leg on a kick attempt and pushed Velickovic against the fence. Musoke landed a right hand and a body kick late. 10-9 Musoke.
They were trading and Velickovic was moving forward more. Musoke was landing more punches. Musoke missed a head kick. Musoke landed some kicks but missed on some as well. They traded some punches. They are about even on the feet. Velickovic scored a takedown and landed a couple of punches but Musoke was able to get to his feet. Musoke caught a kick from Velickovic and took him down for a moment. They got up and Musoke landed an elbow on the break. Close round. 10-9 Velickovic, 19-19.
They were trading to start the third and Velickovic landed some leg kicks. Musoke landed a head kick. Velickovic grabbed the neck and was looking for a gullotine but Musoke went to the mat and rolled out and pushed Velickovic against the fence. Musoke landed a body kick. They were trading punches again and Musoke was landing the harder punches. Velickovic rocked Musoke with a hard punch and Musoke was on rubber legs and Velickovic capitalized and knocked him down and finished the fight with less than a minute to go. Big finish by Velickovic.
Official Result- Bojan Velickovic def. Nico Musoke by TKO (punches) at 4:37 of Round 3
> Reza Madadi (14-5, 3-3 UFC) vs. Joaquim Silva (9-0, 2-0 UFC)
They were throwing big punches early. Silva landed a punch and Madadi countered with a takedown, but Silva quickly scrambled out to his feet. Madadi got another takedown and had Silva firmly planted on the mat. Madadi landed punches from the half-guard. Madadi got back into the full guard and was landing punches from the top. Madadi was looking for transitions and was able to get back to half-guard and ended the round there. 10-9 Madadi.
Silva started round two off with a head kick. Madadi then with a left hand and a hard right hand that had Silva rocked. Madadi got a quick takedown but right back to the feet. Silva landed a head kick and then a liver kick. Madadi hurt Silva with a spinning back elbow. Silva landed a knee to the body. Silva with a flurry of punches that hurt Madadi. Madadi fired back with a left hand and then lands a combo. Silva working the body real well in this round and Madadi is showing signs of being tired. Silva with two head kicks and then goes to the legs. Fun round. 10-9 Silva, 19-19.
They traded punches to start the round before Madadi scored a takedown. Silva tried to jump up for a guillotine but Madadi slipped out and ended on the top. Silva got to his feet but ate a knee to the body. Madadi got a big takedown. Silva was able to get out from the bottom as they got back to their feet. Madadi is definitely tired now. Madadi with a spinning elbow but Silva knocked him down with a right hand and was landing punches on the ground from the back. Silva went for a rear-naked choke but Madadi was able to slip out and they escaped to their feet. Madadi with a trip but Silva ended on top and landed some big punches. Silva landed more but Madadi able to get to his feet but Silva had the neck. Madadi tried a takedown but lost it and fell to the mat with Silva on top as Silva ended the round with punches. Fun fight, interesting third round to score. 10-9 Silva, 29-28 Silva.
Official Result- Joaquim Silva def. Reza Madadi by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
> Trevor Smith (14-7, 4-4 UFC) vs. Chris Camozzi (24-12, 9-9 UFC)
Smith got an early takedown and was on the top. Camozzi was working for an omoplata but gave up his back. Smith landed a couple punches from the back before they got to their feet. They traded knees in the clinch. Smith got another takedown. Smith landed a big left hand from the top and passed to side control. Smith with some left hands from side control. 10-9 Smith.
Smith got a takedown from an ankle pick and was landing from the top. Smith with the heavy ground-and-pound from the top and Camozzi is bleeding. Camozzi tried to roll out but Smith has him stuck on the bottom. Smith with more strikes from the top. Camozzi is gonna need a finish in the third. 10-9 Smith, 20-18 Smith.
Camozzi defended a takedown attempt from Smith but Smith had him pressed against the fence. Smith with a brief takedown. Smith got another takedown and went to work on the top. This is a very boring fight. Smith with more punches from the top. Camozzi can do nothing to get out from the bottom. Smith passed to mount and landed some short elbows. Very boring fight. 10-9 Smith, 30-27 Smith.
Official Result- Trevor Smith def. Chris Camozzi by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
> Pedro Munhoz (#12, 13-2 1 NC, 3-2 1 NC) vs. Damian Stasiak (10-3, 2-1 UFC)
Munhoz with a kick to the body. Munhoz was throwing and landing a lot of kicks. Munhoz went for a guillotine but Stasiak was able to escape. Munhoz landed some punches and was going right after Stasiak in controlling the Octagon. Munhoz with a right hand. They traded punches and Stasiak scored a takedown right at the end. 10-9 Munhoz.
They were trading early. Munhoz with some leg kicks but Stasiak landed a right hand right on the jaw. Munhoz with a head kick. Munhoz with a knee to the body. Stasiak with an uppercut. Munhoz with a takedown and he has the back but let go. Stasiak with a spinning back fist. They traded punches. Stasiak with another spin kick. Munhoz with a solid right hand. 10-9 Munhoz, 20-18 Munhoz.
Munhoz with a low kick but had a takedown stuffed by Stasiak. They traded punches. Munhoz got on top, wouldn't call it a takedown, more of Stasiak pulling guard. They are stood up but the referee. Munhoz with a solid combination. Munhoz with two big knees to the head of Stasiak. Stasiak with a spin kick to the body. They both landed solid punches. Munhoz with a big leg kick. Munhoz got two takedowns but Stasiak got back to his feet both times, and then it happened twice again. Munhoz has the back but can't keep Stasiak down. It happened once more before a break. They traded until the final bell. 10-9 Munhoz, 30-27 Munhoz.
Official Result- Pedro Munhoz def. Damian Stasiak by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD | 1 PM ET/10 AM PT
> Jack Hermansson (14-3, 1-1 UFC) vs. Alex Nicholson (7-3, 1-2 UFC)
Hermansson immediately got a takedown and was in side control. Hermansson was landing from the top and looking to move to the back. Hermansson has the back and is landing big punches from the back as he has mount and Nicholson is flattened out. More big punches and the fight is stopped! Big win by Hermansson in the first round.
Official Result- Jack Hermansson def. Alex Nicholson by TKO (strikes) at 2:00 of Round 1
> Oliver Enkamp (7-0, 0-0 UFC) vs. Nordine Taleb (12-4, 4-2 UFC)
They were trading early. Enkamp with a spin kick. Taleb is coming forward more and landing more. Enkamp missing on his punches. Enkamp goes for a takedown but Taleb is able to scramble away. Taleb landed a hard punch and then a leg kick. Enkamp missed another spin kick. They traded knees in the clinch. Taleb got a takedown and ended in the guard. Taleb with pressure from the top but Enkamp trying to scramble. 10-9 Taleb.
Taleb lands a punch that stuns Enkamp. They were trading back and forth. Taleb was landing cleaner punches. Enkamp with a sloppy takedown attempt and Taleb scrambles and ends up scoring a takedown and is working from the top. Taleb transitions to the back as he has Enkamp planted on the mat. Taleb landing and ends up in the guard of Enkamp as the round ends. 10-9 Taleb, 20-18 Taleb.
Enkamp shows good footwork but is having trouble with Taleb. Enkamp goes for a takedown but Taleb with a good scramble and they stay on their feet. They trade body kicks. Enkamp misses a spin kick. Taleb with a combo to the body. Taleb got a takedown. Enkamp went for a guillotine but had wrong positioning. Enkamp hit Taleb with some punches from the bottom. Taleb in side control and lands some punches. Taleb traps the right leg of Enkamp and lands more punches. 10-9 Taleb, 30-27 Taleb.
Official Result- Nordine Taleb def. Oliver Enkamp by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
> Abdul Razak Alhassan (7-0, 1-0 UFC) vs. Omari Akhmedov (16-4, 4-3 UFC)
Alhassan with a leg kick. Akhmedov catches the leg and lands a right hand and gets a takedown. Alhassan got back to his feet. Alhassan misses a big right hand and misses a kick. Akhmedov scores a takedown. Alhassan with a high kick and then a right hand. Akhmedov with a leg kick and Alhassan lands one of his own. They both threw heavy punches that landed. Alhassan landed a right hand but a left hook counter from Akhmedov lands. 10-9 Akhmedov.
Alhassan with a head kick. Akhmedov with a leg kick. Alhassan lands a right hand and Akhmedov is backing up. Alhassan lands a couple more right hands. Alhassan lands a big combo but Akhmedov is able to score a takedown. Akhmedov lands a right hand. Akhmedov gets another takedown. Alhassan lands a big right hand. Alhassan with a leg kick. Alhassan lands a combo and another right hand. Akhmedov with another takedown. Akhmedov with some strikes from the top. 10-9 Akhmedov, 20-18 Akhmedov.
Akhmedov with a leg kick. Alhassan lands a right hand after they both land solid punches. Akhmedov gets a takedown but Alhassan is able to reverse back to his feet. Alhassan lands a big right hand that stuns Akhmedov. Alhassan with another right hand. Alhassan with more punches and Akhmedov is hurt on his feet but Akhmedov gets a takedown. Akhmedov in the mount but not doing a whole lot. They got to their feet and then nothing happened. 10-9 Akhmedov, 30-27 Akhmedov.
Official Result- Omari Akhmedov def. Abdul Razak Alhassan by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
> Peter Sobotta (16-5-1, 3-4 UFC) vs. Ben Saunders (21-7-2, 8-4 UFC)
Sobotta immediately dropped Saunders for a moment with a left hand. Sobotta with a leg kick. Saunders with a combo and a head kick. Sobotta with a solid combo. They were trading and Sobotta dropped Saunders again with another left hand. Sobotta went into the guard and was landing punches looking for a finish. He didn't get it as time ran out in the round. 10-9 Sobotta.
Sobotta rocked Saunders again with a huge flurry of punches. Saunders was retreating but he didn't have stable legs. Saunders surviving but still in a lot of trouble. Sobotta landed another left hand that stunned Saunders and then landed a knee that dropped Saunders and the fight was stopped. Sobotta gets the huge win in the second round.
Official Result- Peter Sobotta def. Ben Saunders by TKO (strikes) at 2:29 of Round 2
> Volkan Oezdemir (#5, 13-1, 1-0 UFC) vs. Misha Cirkunov (#7, 13-2, 4-0 UFC)
They traded kicks and punches early. Oezdemir dropped Cirkunov with a right hand to the ear, Cirkunov faceplants to the mat and after a few more punches the fight was stopped. Oezdemir with a huge knockout win in less than a minute.
Official Result- Volkan Oezdemir def. Misha Cirkunov by TKO (punch) at :28 of Round 1
> Alexander Gustafsson (#1, 17-4, 9-4 UFC) vs. Glover Teixeira (#2, 26-5, 9-3 UFC)
They were trading and Teixeira picked up Gustafsson and threw him down to the mat but Gustafsson right back up. They traded punches with Gustafsson getting the better of it after landing three straight punches. Gustafsson using good movement and footwork and lands a left hand. Gustafsson with an uppercut but also poked Teixeira in the eye. Gustafsson landed two big right hands as they went back to fighting. Gustafsson able to move away any time Teixeira gets close. Big uppercut from Gustafsson. Gustafsson with a spin kick to the body. Gustafsson with a solid combo. 10-9 Gustafsson.
Teixeira landed an elbow that cut Gustafsson. Gustafsson landed a punch that hurt Teixeira. Gustafsson doing a lot of running away whenever Teixeira got close. Gustafsson rocked Teixeira badly with a big combination and dropped him for a moment. Teixeira got to his feet and survived but in trouble. Texieira bleeding heavily now and eats a knee. Teixeira landed an uppercut and then a combination. Gustafsson with a right hand. Gustafsson lands another right hand and sprints away. Gustafsson with some kicks at the end. 10-9 Gustafsson, 20-18 Gustafsson.
Texieira lands a solid combo to start the third. Gustafsson drops Teixeira with an uppercut and Gustafsson swarms into the guard looking to finish as he has Teixeira in a lot of trouble. Gustafsson with a lot of punches and elbows from the top. Teixeira somehow got out from the bottom and has Gustafsson pinned against the fence. Gustafsson gets a takedown in the half-guard. He takes the back. They get to their feet. Gustafsson with a front kick to the body. Gustafsson lands another uppercut. Gustafsson lands a left hand. He lands another uppercut and Teixeira urging Gustafsson to come on. They trade punches. 10-9 Gustafsson, 30-27 Gustafsson.
They trade body kicks. Gustafsson back on his bike and running away at the start of this round. Gustafsson landed a big elbow against the fence. They clinch against the fence and Gustafsson landing knees to the legs of Teixeira. Big combo on the break by Gustafsson. Gustafsson ducks under a right hand from Teixeira and runs away back to the center of the Octagon. Big right hands from Gustafsson. Gustafsson lands a left hand and then a big combo. No idea how Teixeira is able to withstand all of these hard punches. Gustafsson with an uppercut. 10-9 Gustafsson, 40-36 Gustafsson.
Teixeira lands a big left hook.Gustafsson then started landing uppercut after uppercut and then a big right hand to the jaw dropped Teixeira and it was stopped. What a performance and a knockout from Alexander Gustafsson.
Official Result- Alexander Gustafsson def. Glover Teixeira by knockout (punches) at 1:07 of Round 5