The UFC returned to Sweden for the fifth time for a rare Sunday event as UFC Stockholm took place at the Ericsson Globe. After an event of fun fights, it was time to see who was next for the main card winners.
In the main event, not only did Alexander Gustafsson make the hometown crowd proud and get the win, he also proposed to his girlfriend. Who would “The Mauler” have to fight to follow up such an eventful night?
As for the co-main event, it did not last very long as Volkan Oezdemir showed his fast rise in the UFC was not a fluke. Who does the Swiss have to fight next to climb further up the light heavyweight rankings?
In the rest of the main card, Peter Sobotta and Jack Hermansson picked up finishes, while Omari Akhmedov and Nordine Taleb went the distance to pick up their victories? Who would be next for these four winners?
All of these questions will be answered on this UFC Stockholm edition of Post-Fight Matchmaking.
Alexander Gustafsson vs.Volkan Oezdemir
In the fifth round, Alexander Gustafsson (18-4) rocked Glover Teixeira with three uppercuts before knocking him out with the right hook to win the Stockholm headliner.
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“The Mauler” has now won two consecutive and three of his last five bouts. The 30-year-old Swedish contender improves to 10-4 in the promotion along with earning his fourth Fight of the Night bonus.
Before Gustafsson gets another chance at the UFC light heavyweight championship, he needs to fight at least one more time. For his next bout, he should fight fellow victorious headliner, Volkan Oezdemir (14-1)
Oezdemir only needed 28 seconds to knock Misha Cirkunov out in the co-main event. The 27-year-old Swiss striker is now 2-0 in the UFC and has won four consecutive bouts.
Peter Sobotta vs. Zak Cummings
Although he’s known for his grappling, Peter Sobotta (17-5-1) showed off his improved striking and dropped Ben Saunders with a knee for the second-round TKO.
The Pole fighting out of Germany has won two straight fights and is 4-1 since returning to the UFC. Sobotta is 9-1-1 since being cut from the UFC after his first stint in the Octagon.
Another UFC welterweight with similar experience is Zak Cummings (21-5). Sobotta should fight him for his next bout.
Cummings choked Nathan Coy out with a guillotine in the opening round in his last fight at UFC Fight Night: Kansas City last month. The 32-year-old TUF 17 alum is now on a 2-fight winning streak and is 6-2 since making his official UFC and welterweight debut.
Omari Akhmedov vs. Darren Till
Omari Akhmedov (17-4), 29, hands Abdul Razak Alhassan his first loss by defeating him via unanimous decision. “Wolverine” has now won two consecutive bouts and improves to 5-3 inside the Octagon.
In the featured UFC Stockholm Fight Pass prelim, Darren Till (14-0-1) made up for missing weight with a dominating performance. He should face Akhmedov for his next fight.
Till, 24, picked Jessin Ayari apart on the feet en route to a unanimous decision. The Scouser fighting out of Brazil remains undefeated in his professional MMA career and is now 2-0-1 in the UFC.
Nordine Taleb vs. Bojan Velickovic
Nordine Taleb (13-4) spoils Oliver Enkamp’s promotional debut and professional MMA record, winning a unanimous decision over “The Future”. The 35-year-old Frenchman is 5-2 inside the Octagon and four of those victories have gone the distance.
Earlier in the evening during the televised prelims, Bojan Velickovic (15-4-1) also picked up a victory. Taleb should fight him next.
Velickovic, 28, came back from losing two rounds to get the third-round TKO over Nico Musoke with 23 seconds left on the clock. “Serbian Steel” is 2-1-1 since signing with the UFC last year.
Jack Hermansson vs. Bradley Scott
Jack Hermansson (15-3), 28, took Alex Nicholson down and kept the fight on the ground before ground n’ pounding him from back mount for the first-round TKO.
“The Joker” bounced back from his first loss inside the Octagon and improves to 2-1 in the UFC. The Swede fighting out of Norway and has won 9 of his last 10 fights.
Another European fighter who returned to the win column recently is Bradley Scott (14-3). He should be next for Hermansson.
Scott, 28, won the battle of the Englishmen when he edged Scott Askham via split decision in March at a Fight Night event in England.
“Bear” has alternated wins and losses in his last seven fights and is 3-2 since returning to middleweight. Scott competed as a welterweight on TUF: The Smashes and made it to the finals before losing to Robert Whittaker.