The UFC returns to Stockholm, Sweden this weekend with UFC Fight Night 109: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira, taking place Sunday at Ericsson Globe Arena. It’s a solid fight night card overall featuring many of Europe’s biggest MMA stars and should be an exciting night. Here is my list of the top-10 fighters.
1. Misha Cirkunov ($9,300)
The Latvian-Canadian Cirkunov squares off against fellow top-10 light heavyweight Volkan Oezdemir in the co-main event. Cirkunov is 4-0 in the UFC with four finishes and has been money his whole career for anyone who has put him on their DraftKings teams. He’s strong, powerful, and is always a candidate for a high-scoring finish. There’s a good chance Cirkunov outclasses Oezdemeir in this fight and finishes him, which is why he’s my top option.
2. Alexander Gustafsson ($9,200)
The Swedish superstar Gustafsson takes on Glover Teixeira in what should be an exciting five-round main event. Gustafsson is 9-4 overall in the UFC with six finishes but is only 2-3 in his last five fights, although his losses only came to elite fighters. When he’s on, Gustafsson is among the best light heavyweights in the world. What this fight comes down to for me are two keys things. One is that Gustafsson is younger, and the other is that he’s fighting in his home country of Sweden, two key advantages. The hometown edge should provide Gustafsson with the added motivation to go out there and put on an amazing performance.
3. Pedro Munhoz ($9,500)
Munhoz meets Damian Stasiak in a bantamweight bout, and I favor Munhoz to win. He’s 3-2, 1 NC in his UFC career with three finishes, making him one of the most deadly finishers in the 135 weight class. This matchup favors Munhoz, and I believe he has a good shot at getting a finish over Stasiak.
4. Darren Till ($9,000)
Till takes on Jessin Ayari in a lightweight bout. Till is 13-0-1 in his career and is 1-0-1 in the UFC. At 24 he’s a top prospect at 155 but he hasn’t fought in two years, so health is going to be the key for him. When healthy he’s a destroyer inside the cage. Despite the layoff, I think Till is going to look great in this fight and win the bout by stoppage.
5. Abdul Razak Alhassan ($9,100)
Alhassan takes on Omari Akhmedov in what should be an exciting welterweight contest. Alhassan is undefeated at 7-0 in his MMA career including a KO win in his UFC debut over Charlie Ward. He looks like a solid prospect and it will be exciting to see what he does in his career. Akhmedov has finishing ability, but his chin is a major concern, and if Alhassan catches him he has a good shot to knock him out.
6. Jack Hermansson ($8,300)
Sweden’s Hermansson takes on Alex Nicholson in what could be an explosive middleweight bout. Hermansson is 1-1 in the UFC and has disappointed so far in his Octagon tenure, but prior to coming to the UFC he had a long win streak, and at 25, he still has a lot of potential in the sport. His opponent, Nicholson, is 1-2 overall in the UFC, and while he has shown knockout power, he has also shown his MMA game is flawed. I’ll take Hermansson to find a way to finish Nicholson.
7. Joaquim Silva ($8,700)
Silva takes on Reza Madadi in a lightweight contest. Silva is 2-0 so far in the UFC including a brutal KO win over Andrew Holbrook his last time out. He’s 7-0 in his career and has been flying under the radar as a 155 prospect. I think Silva outclasses Madadi in this fight and gets the victory.
8. Chris Camozzi ($8,900)
A middleweight bout sees Camozzi take on Trevor Smith in a fight Smith took on short notice. Camozzi is 9-9 overall in the UFC with five finishes and has proven to be one of the division’s more durable fighters. Camozzi is younger than Smith (30 to 36), has better striking, and should be able to keep the fight standing if Smith tries to wrestle. It all adds up to what should be a solid win for Camozzi.
9. Nordine Taleb ($9,400)
Taleb was set to fight Emil Weber Meek in a welterweight bout but Meek pulled out and Sweden’s Oliver Enkamp will make his UFC debut on very short notice. Taleb is 4-2 in the UFC, including a notable KO win over Erick Silva, and even at 35 has not reached his decline stage. It’s unlikely Taleb will ever contend for the title but he’s proven himself to be a very solid gatekeeper at the very least. Enkamp, who at 25 will have the age advantage, is undefeated at 7-0 in his career but has fought nobody of note and is fighting on short notice. He seems like a promising prospect, but I believe Taleb will find a way to win this fight.
10. Ben Saunders ($8,400)
Saunders takes on Peter Sobotta in a welterweight bout. Saunders is 8-4 overall in the UFC with five finishes and is dangerous wherever the fight takes place. His standup is powerful and he has a slick submission game, making him a candidate for a stoppage anytime he fights. However, his chin has let him down in the past which has led him to be knocked out multiple times. That shouldn’t come into play against Sobotta, though, as Sobotta is primarily a ground fighter. Sobotta is 3-4 overall in the UFC and has looked better since returning to the promotion for a second stint, but Saunders has the edge in almost every facet of the game and should win.
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