This weekend, UFC Fight Night travels to Sweden, and because of the time change it becomes a Fight Day. It features a light heavyweight main event of top five contenders that are both fresh off of losses to the current Champion. One will likely emerge with a victory, and a reason for another shot at the title. You can stream it live in the U.S.A. this Saturday and watch Gustafsson vs. Smith on UFC Fight Night on ESPN+.
UFC Fight Night Gustafsson vs. Smith is being held at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday, June 1. This Fight Night is a split ticket event, with ESPN2 broadcasting the Prelims at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Then the event flips to ESPN+ for the Main Card at 1 p.m. Eastern.
Alexander "The Mauler" Gustafsson (18-5) will be the hometown hero at this event, as he was born in Sweden, and is based at a training facility in Stockholm. He is currently the 2nd ranked contender in the light heavyweight division, but don't expect him to vault straight to another title shot. He lost his third chance at the light heavyweight championship to Jon Jones in his most recent fight, and has lost in two previous title matches to Jones and Daniel Cormier. After starting his career 15-1. Alexander has lost four of his last seven bouts. Things won't get any easier this weekend, as he faces a foe as tough as himself.
Anthony "Lionheart" Smith (31-14) is that tough opponent, and the 4th ranked contender in the light heavyweight division. He has much in common with Gustafsson, as he also lost his last fight to Jon Jones, in his only shot at a UFC Championship to date. Smith had a long career before moving to the UFC, racking up 35 fights, with a 24-11 record, in Strikeforce, Bellator, and smaller promotions. During his time in the UFC, he has moved up from Middleweight to Light Heavyweight. He clearly hopes a win against the higher ranked Gustafsson could bring him close to a rematch with Champion Jon Jones.
If Anthony Smith is going to win on Saturday, he will need to avoid a variety of Gustafsson's knockouts, takedowns, and chokes. This video shows the Top 5 Finishes by Alexander Gustafsson.
Here's the schedule for this UFC Fight Night:
- Prelims 10 a.m. Eastern on ESPN2
- Main Card 1 p.m. Eastern on ESPN+
- Post Show: 4 p.m. on ESPN+
This UFC Fight Night is missing the original Co-main event. Ilir Latifi injured his back and will be unable to fight, according to a statement by the UFC. With just a few days until the event, there won't be a replacement fighter so Latifi vs. Oezdemir will simply be removed from the card. The rest of the card, as always subject to change, is as follows:
- Jimi Manuwa (17-5) vs. Aleksandar Rakić (11-1)
- Makwan Amirkhani (14-3) vs. Chris Fishgold (18-2-1)
- Damir Hadžović (13-4) vs. Christos Giagos (16-7)
- Daniel Teymur (6-3) vs. Sung Bin Jo (9-0)
- Sergey Khandozhko (26-5-1) vs. Rostem Akman (6-0)
- Tonya Evinger (19-8) vs. Lina Länsberg (8-4)
- Stevie Ray (22-8) vs. Leonardo Santos (16-3-1)
- Nick Hein (14-4-1) vs. Frank Camacho (21-7)
- Bea Malecki (2-0) vs. Duda Santana (3-0)
- Darko Stošić (13-1) vs. Devin Clark (9-3)
- Joel Alvarez (15-2) vs. Danilo Belluardo (12-3)
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