Written by @NickRiznerMMA
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So UFC 211 was pretty great. Remember all the fun we had? Stipe and Joanna climbed one step closer to GOAT status in their respective fields. Alvarez and Poirier delivered the war we expected (prior to another illegal knee/premature ending). Hell, even that heavyweight preliminary bout between Chase Sherman and Rashad Coulter was fantastic. That was one of like… four total matchups I wasn’t excited for at the beginning of this thing, so it was a great night of fights, overall.
Well hold onto those memories because we’re on the brink of a stinker.
Anyone who steps inside the Octagon has my respect. Plus, as evident by the sneaky electric Sherman-Coulter fight, entertaining bouts can emerge from the strangest places. That being said, there just isn’t a whole lot of intrigue in UFC Stockholm. Orrrr UFC Fight Night 109? UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira…
…the card on the 28th.
Compared to the last Unfiltered, when I had trouble choosing just three story lines to focus on, this time, it was a struggle to come up with more than one. But I’m nothing if not creative, so I did my best. Realistically, you’d probably be fine sitting this one out. Or maybe popping in around 3pm to check out the main event. But if you’re dead set on watching it all, good luck to you.
Here’s your guide:
- Main Card:
- Alexander Gustafsson vs. Glover Teixeira (diehard)(casual)
- Volkan Oezdemir vs. Misha Cirkunov (diehard)
- Peter Sobotta vs. Ben Saunders (diehard)
- Fight Pass Prelims:
- Darren Till vs. Jessin Ayari (diehard)
MMA MAD PODCAST GUEST
No podcast guests this time around. Seriously, no one. I had to go all the way back to September 24th to find the last event that didn’t feature at least one of our former guests, but as soon as I start this MMA Mad Unfiltered segment, we run into a featureless UFC card. On week two!!
I blame Glover Teixeira. Sure, I’ve never reached out to him and he would have no way of knowing I even want him on the show. But he trains in my home state of Connecticut, so he should just know. Shame on you Glover.
TOP THREE POINTS OF INTEREST
Somehow, Gustafsson and Teixeira Are Still #1 and #2 at Light Heavyweight
Was anybody else surprised by this? I mean, I know it’s a thin division and all eyes are on the return of Jon Jones, but the idea that Alexander Gustafsson is still the number one contender was shocking to me. He’s lost three out of his last five fights. His most recent victory was a decision win over Jan Blachowicz who is sitting in the #14 spot of those same thin rankings. Sure, he’s had a tough list of opponents in recent years, but still…
Glover Teixeira’s only on a one-fight win streak as well; a win over Jared Cannonier. Who’s Jared Cannonier? The former Alaska Fighting Heavyweight Champion (apparently) with a 2-2 record inside the Octagon. And yet, Glover is still sitting at #2. But hey, when you’ve got Volkan Oezdemir and Misha Cirkunov at #5 and #7 respectfully, you know you’re dealing with some obscurities. It seems like Jimi Manuwa is the only super relevant LHW within title contention, and the rest haven’t seen much assistance in the way of promotional support.
Do Not Sleep on Misha Cirkunov; Bright Future For This Canadian Finisher
Misha is the real deal. He’s currently ranked #7 at LHW with a top five spot surely awaiting him with a win over Volkan. He’s also exciting as hell. As a jiu jitsu black belt, Misha thrives in an often overlooked component of the heavier weight classes. He’s got three consecutive submissions in the Octagon, including a first round guillotine over surging contender Nikita Krylov.
Canada has been thirsty for another big star and with Rory in Bellator and GSP doing god knows what, Misha could be exactly what the people are waiting for. He just turned 30 years old, he’s got an 85% finishing rate and he’s 4-0 inside the Octagon. I don’t like to focus too much on stats in these unfiltered posts, but those simply have to be mentioned.
If you’re not a math nerd, I’ll offer you this: He’s really good and super exciting to watch.
Seriously guys, keep an eye on Misha Cirkunov.
Remember When Ben Saunders Executed The First-Ever Octagon Omoplata? That Was Pretty Cool, Huh?
Alright so I couldn’t come up with three points of interest for this card. You caught me. But rather than jeopardize my integrity by passing off a boring story as an exciting one, I’m just going to post this video of my favorite submission. For this, Ben Saunders will always be a legend; at least in my book. And my book, if you think about it, is essentially being written via Unfiltered posts, so this is as official as it gets:
Ben Saunders: Legend.
This Sunday, May 28th, UFC Stockholm begins on Fight Pass at 10am ET. The main card kicks off at 1pm ET. Get all your event coverage right here at MMA Mad or by following us on twitter @mmamadofficial. See you at the fights!