Alexander Gustafsson Retires Following UFC Stockholm Loss

Alexander Gustafsson leaned against the Octagon wall as he was approached for an interview following his loss to Anthony Smith in the main event of UFC Stockholm. This was Gustafsson’s second straight defeat, and he expressed disappointment with his performance despite displaying good work with his boxing.

But as the interview went on, Gustafsson took off his gloves, and he left them in the Octagon. Gustafsson retired in front of a native Stockholm, Sweden, crowd.

“The show is over guys,” Gustafsson said.

Gustafsson’s career ends with a record of 18-6. While never capturing the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, was one of the UFC’s best 205-pound athletes of the modern era.

Gustafsson made his professional MMA debut in November 2007, winning his first eight fights in a row before making his UFC debut at UFC 105 in November 2009. There, he knocked out Jared Hamman in just 41 seconds, making a statement right away.

Despite losing his next bout to Phil Davis, Gustafsson would win his next six fights in a row, including a unanimous decision over former champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua before challenging Jon Jones for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship in the main event of UFC 165.

In one of the UFC’s most memorable Light Heavyweight Title fights, let alone fights in general, Jones edged out Gustafsson in a controversial unanimous decision, with plenty of fans and MMA media members believing Gustafsson deserved the nod and title.

After coming back with a big second-round stoppage of Jimi Manuwa in March 2014, Gustafsson faced Anthony Johnson in a title eliminator, getting stopped in just over two minutes. Gustafsson received a title shot later that year nonetheless, taking on Daniel Cormier at UFC 192. Gustafsson again narrowly missed out on the UFC’s 205-pound title, this time losing by split decision.

Gustafsson would go on to defeat Jan Blachowicz in September 2016 before one of his most memorable career nights, taking on Glover Teixeira in Stockholm in May 2017. Gustafsson finished Teixeira with a combo and uppercut in the fifth, sending the Stockholm crowd into a frenzy. Gustafsson proposed to his girlfriend following the fight.

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