The UFC make its debut in Sweden this past Saturday and they did so with an exciting card that culminated with the countryman scoring the victory. In all, there were twelve fights that aired on both Fuel TV and Facebook, with eight fights featuring a finish. Also, while the face of Swedish MMA got the duke, a lot of other up and coming Swedish MMA fighters suffered a terrible fate.
Round One: The Pitbull Has Been Mauled
It has been a year plus since Thiago Silva competed in the UFC following his drug test suspension, but Alexander Gustafsson probably made him wish he had another year off. Outside of a single flurry in the second round, Thiago Silva looked like he was clueless on how to overcome the reach of the face of Swedish MMA. Alexander Gustafsson, according the UFC commentator Kenny Florian, moved around like a lightweight in the cage instead of a light heavyweight. With the victory, Alexander Gustafsson now finds himself a top contender in the UFC Light Heavyweight Division.
Next Round For Alexander Gustafsson: Phil Davis, Dan Henderson or Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Next Round For Thiago Silva: Stephan Bonnar, Ryan Bader or Kyle Kingsbury
Round Two: A Sportsman Reigns Supreme
Brian Stann is called a lot of things, sportsman…marine…fighter…champion, but now he can also be labeled a “man’s man” in MMA. After destroying Alessio Sakara with strikes on the ground and knocking him out cold, Brian Stann motioned to the ref that his opponent was defenseless and the fight was called. Most fighters would have continued the attack until the referee jumped in, like the rules state, but Brian Stann showed uncommon compassion in the sport. Compassion or not in the end, Brian Stann got the victory and can be considered a top contender again in the UFC Middleweight Division.
Next Round For Brian Stann: The Michael Bisping/Tim Boetsch loser or Chris Weidman
Next Round For Alessio Sakara: Eric Schafer, Mike Massenzio or Nick Ring
Round Three: That Was Quick
Everybody knew that Siyar Bahadurzada is a highly touted prospect when entering the UFC, but what he did to Paulo Thiago on Saturday was just astounding. In just forty two seconds, Siyar Bahadurzada nailed a charging Paulo Thiago with an uppercut the left him unconscious as he crashed on the mat. Even more astounding was that Siyar Bahadurzada claimed in the post-fight interview that he broke his handing a few weeks earlier in training. Just think about how dangerous a fully healthy Siyar Bahadurzada will be, considering how dangerous an unhealthy Siyar Bahadurzada was.
Next Round For Siyar Bahadurzada: Alessio Sakara, Chris Leben or Nick Ring
Next Round For Paulo Thiago: Francis Carmont, Chris Camozzi or CB Dollaway
Round Four: One Punch = Submission Wizard
When a fighter goes by the nickname of “One Punch”, most would assume that the fighter is some kind of knockout master. In the case of Brad “One Punch” Pickett, the supposed knockout master is actually a master of the submission. In the second round of his fight with Damacio Page, Brad Pickett locked in a rear naked choke that left his foe with no option but to tap out. The bantamweight division must be on notice now, because the assumed knockout machine is quickly becoming a great submission fighter.
Next Round For Brad Pickett: Brian Bowles, Scott Jorgensen or Mike Easton
Next Round For Damacio Page: A UFC release
Round Five: Sweden Goes 2-3 On Saturday
There was one thing that could not have been more obvious at UFC On Fuel TV II, that was that the Swedish fans were really behind their countrymen. While some countrymen performed successfully, more of them actually failed to achieve that coveted victory. Alexander Gustafsson and Reza Madadi were victorious countrymen, while Papi Abedi, Magnus Cedenblad and Besam Ypusef were not. While this isn’t exactly a tragedy for Swedish MMA, it is a sign that the country has some ways to go before they equal other parts of the MMA world in breeding top competitors.
Next Round For Swedish MMA: The development of more top fighters
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