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Quick Results: UFC Stockholm

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By Shawn Smith

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The Tele2Arena in Stockholm, Sweden played home to the first international UFC on FOX event. From the opening bout until the final bell, the crowd at the Tele2Arena in Stockholm, Sweden was electric. Despite the late hours, with the main card ending near 4 AM, the crowd continued to add energy to the surprise-filled event.

In the end, it proved to be one of the companies more memorable trips to Europe yet. It was a night filled with knockouts; some earned world title shots, while other legendary careers may have come to an end.

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Anthony Johnson stuns Gustafsson, earns world title shot

It was unfriendly territory for Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, but that didn’t stop him from making short work of the local hero. With his Tyson-like power, Johnson was quick to close the range and finish the durable Gustafsson in just over two minutes.

For Gustafsson, it was a shocking defeat. A win over Johnson meant he would have finally seen the long-awaited rematch against UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Instead, Johnson has propelled himself to the number one contender status, and will be next in line for Jones and the light-heavyweight championship.

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Quick knockout by Gegard Mousasi could mark end of an era for Dan Henderson

It took Gegard Mousasi only 1:10 to hurt the legendary Dan Henderson and likely finish the 44-year-old’s career.

Mousasi clipped Henderson with a right straight, and was able to follow up quickly for the stoppage. Henderson protested, but it was to no avail. With the win, Mousasi secures his spot as a top-5 middleweight in the world and stays in the hunt for a world title shot against Chris Weidman.

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Ryan Bader shocks Phil Davis, takes split decision

It wasn’t the most entertaining bout, but the two elite-level wrestlers exchanged for 15 minutes, resulting in a split decision victory for Ryan Bader.

After controlling the first round, Bader struggled in the second as Davis used his wrestling. In the third, it was Bader again who took control and the victory.

The win marks four straight for Bader, who seems to have finally found his groove in the division. With a lack of contenders on the horizon, don’t be surprised to see Bader’s name in the discussion for a title shot sooner than later.

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Sam Sicilia makes short work of Akira Corassani

Combat sports athletes don’t get paid by the hour, as was apparent on this card. Sam Sicilia made short work of Akira Corassani in the main card’s opening fight. A right overhand hook dropped Corassani hard and it was clear he was unconscious immediately.

Sicilia may have saved his job with the win, and will look to put together a string of wins moving forward.

Quick Results:

Main Card
Anthony Johnson def. Alexander Gustafsson via TKO (Punches) at 2:15 of Round 1
Gegard Mousasi def. Dan Henderson via TKO (Punches) at 1:10 of Round 1
Ryan Bader def. Phil Davis via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Sam Sicilia def. Akira Corassani via Knockout (Punch) at 3:26 of Round 1

Preliminary Card
Albert Tumenov def. Nico Musoke via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Kenny Robertson def. Sultan Aliev via Knockout (Punches) at 2:42 of Round 1
Makwan Amirkhani def. Andy Ogle via TKO (Strikes) at 0:08 of Round 1
Nikita Krylov def. Stanislav Nedkov via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:24 of Round 1
Mairbek Taisumov def. Anthony Christodoulou via Knockout (Punches) at 0:38 of Round 2
Mirsad Bektic def. Paul Redmond via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)

UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Card
Viktor Pesta def. Konstantin Erokhin via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Neil Seery def. Chris Beal via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

 

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