Join us today (Saturday, June 1st) on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring and play-by-play (for the main card) as UFC on ESPN+ 11: Gustafsson vs. Smith takes place in the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.
The headliner of the event will involve the UFC’s #2 ranked light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson meeting the #4 ranked Anthony Smith. The 18-5 Gustafsson has already challenged for the UFC’s light heavyweight title three-times, with the 31-14 Smith returning fresh from falling short in his first attempt at UFC gold. Before that in the co-main event, the 17-5 UFC mainstay Jimi Manuwa looks to avoid four-straight losses when he takes on surging 11-1 prospect Aleksandar Rakic. Manuwa comes into this fight ranked #11 in the world at 205-pounds with Rakic currently sitting unranked.
Today’s event is in Europe, so it’s on a lot earlier than the standard time in North America. The seven-fight preliminary card kicks off at 10am ET/7am PT on ESPN2. The five-fight main card, for which play-by-play will be provided, is scheduled to start at 1pm ET/10am PT on ESPN+.
Main card: (1 PM ET, ESPN+)
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Smith: Light Heavyweight
Smith takes the center; Gustafsson circles.Overhand left and right miss for Smith. Gustafsson checks a leg kick. Gustafsson stomps the lead leg. Two left hooks hit for Smith. Stomp misses for Gustafsson. Overhand left barely misses the chin of Gustafsson. Leg kick for Smith. Oblique stomp for Gustafsson. Smith starts feinting and Gustafsson runs out of range. Gustafsson checks another leg kick. Front kick is blocked but a right hand grazes for Smith. A set of left hands land for Gustafsson followed by a front kick. Smith gets a hook blocked.
Gustafsson takes the center. Smith misses with a haymaker but gets Gustafsson to back up. Leg kick for Gustafsson lands. Gustafsson fakes a right hand and throws a leg kick. Right hand misses for Smith and then a lead hook whiffs. Smith goes upstairs with a head kick. A one-two to the body lands clean for Smith. Gustafsson pumps his jab. They exchange leg kicks. Smith blitzes forward with a flurry, connecting with his hands and getting a head kick blocked. Overhand right hits for Smith. A body hook lands but a head hook whiffs for Smith. Leg kick scores for Gustafsson.
Oblique stomp for Gustafsson. Front kick misses for Gustafsson. Overhand right lands for Smith and Gustafsson returns a two-piece. Jab sticks for Gustafsson. Crowd is getting into it! Double jab for Gustafsson. One-two gets through for Gustafsson but Smith presses forward, landing his own two-piece. Gustafsson circles into open space. Smith hits with a body kick. Another set of jabs land for Gustafsson. Smith measures with a set of front kicks. A three-piece flurry misses for Gustafsson, and then a front kick is blocked. Stiff jab jars Smith. A one-two hits for Gustafsson. Smith lands a leg kick. A hard kick gets the attention of Smith. Gustafsson gets the takedown and the crowd erupts. Gustafsson is in side control with not a lot of time on the clock. Elbow for Gustafsson.
Inside leg kick for Smith. Right hand misses but body kick scores for Smith. Oblique kick for Gustafsson gets through. Smith grabs a bodylock and gets a takedown. He’s going for the back. Big punch to the face lands. Gustafsson is trying to stand up. Smith stays on and flattens him out. Big blows are dropping down. He’s going for the neck. OMG GUS TAPS!!! WOW WHAT AN UPSET!!!
- Anthony Smith def. Alexander Gustafsson by submission (RNC) at 2:38 of round 4: Light heavyweight
Jimi Manuwa vs. Aleksandar Rakic: Light Heavyweight
They exchange leg kicks. Rakic misses a right hand. A right-left to head kick LANDS AND PUTS MANUWA OUT COLD! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?! THAT WAS AS CLEAN AS IT GETS!
- Aleksandar Rakic def. Jimi Manuwa by KO at :42 of round 1: Light Heavyweight
Makwan Amirkhani vs. Chris Fishgold: Featherweight
Amirkhani opens with a jumping knee that misses. Fishgold lands a right hand. A one-two misses for Fishgold. An accidental eye poke to Fishgold pauses the fight. The doctor gives the okay, Amirkhani gets a warning, and the right resumes. Head kick partially lands for Fishgold. Inside leg kick buckles Amirkhani. Another leg kick scores for Fishgold and then a couple miss. Fishgold is looking for the overhand right. Amirkhani is still waiting. Amirkhani changes levels and hits a gorgeous takedown. The referee warns Fishgold for putting his toes inn the cage. Fishgold locks up a reverse triangle but Amirkhani escapes and stays on top. Amirkhani rolls for a guillotine as time expires.
Leg kick misses for Fishgold. A jumping knee misses for Amirkhani. Inside leg kick hits for Amirkhani. AN overhand right lands for Fishgold. Amirkhani taunts his foe and then blocks a head kick. Another overhand misses for Fishgold. A cup kick lands for Amirkhani, stopping the action. Fight resumes. Inside leg kick for Fishgold and a left hand hits for Amirkhani. Fishgold jumps a guillotine off of an Amirkhani takedown and ends up on bottom anyways. Amirkhani rolls for the same sub he went for at the end of the first round. It’s tight and Amirkhani is winding around like a clock. FISHGOLD TAPS!!!!! WOW!!!
- Makwan Amirkhani def. Chris Fishgold by submission (Anaconda) at 4:25 of round 2: Featherweight
Christos Giagos vs. Damir Hadzovic: Lightweight
Leg kick from Giagos. Hadzovic pumps his jab. Big body kick hits for Giagos. Leg kick to takedown attempt from Giagos. Right left from Giagos. Left hook misses for Hadzovic. Overhand right is blocked by Hadzovic. Hard leg kick lands for Giagos. Body kick lands followed by a successful takedown for Giagos. A set of elbows land from the top. Hadzovic is trying to stand up, and does. Left hook misses for Hadzovic and Giagos blasts a takedown. From the full guard, Giagos scores with a few short shots. Hadzovic is up. They exchange a flurry as the bell sounds.
Blasting uppercut lands for Giagos. Another thudding bolo scores for Giagos. Uppercut misses but a hook gets through for Giagos. Hadzovic blocks a body kick. Giagos snags a takedown. Hadzovic is up but Giagos takes him right back down. Giagos transitions to the back with one hook in. He gets the other hook. Hadzovic stands up and Giagos hops off the back, but is still attached with a bodylock. A right left for Giagos on the break. A jab scores for Giagos and a hook misses for Hadzovic. Jab for Hadzovic lands. Uppercut hits again for Giagos. A right left scores for Giagos. Giagos goes for a labored single leg, but bails. And again with the sloppy attempt. Hadzovic blasts a takedown with ten seconds left. He lands two punches.
Overhand right misses for Giagos. Outside leg kick for Giagos. Hadzovic is pressing forward but isn’t throwing. Giagos gets the takedown into full guard. Hadzovic is up and pressing forward. Giagos is tired and backing up. Hadzovic lands a two-piece. He lands again as Giagos skates away with his hands down. Giagos forces a takedown. Hadzovic is up but his back is still on the fence. Giagos tries hard for a single but Hadzovic isn’t having it. Giagos botches a takedown and this time ends up on the bottom. Hadzovic lands a set of small shots from the top. Giagos holds on, breaking down the posture of his opponent. The referee warns the fighters about inactivity. A big punch lands for Hadzovic as time expires.
- Christos Giagos def. Damir Hadzovic by unanimous decision (29-27 x2, 29-28): Lightweight
Daniel Teymur vs. Sung Bin Jo: Featherweight
Teymur presses forward and misses with a leg kick. Inside leg kick lands. A heavy punch wobbles Jo! Teymur flurries. Jo recovers and Teymur shoots in for a takedown. Jo grabs the Thai plum but Teymur is still after the takedown. Counter hook lands for Jo as Teymur presses forward. Teymur explodes with a takedown. Jo rolls for an arm but Teymur stands up. Teymur falls into the guard but Jo again rolls for the arm. Teymur scores a set of big punches. Jo is up and lands a knee, and another. Teymur whiffs on the right hook but lands a left. An uppercut gets through for Teymur. They stare at each other for the final moments of the round.
Counter right scores for Jo. Inside leg kick for Teymur. Jo places a head kick. Left hook gets through for Teymur. Jo throws another head kick but Teymur ducks under it and smiles. A knee up the middle scores for Jo. A left-right misses for Jo. Inside then outside leg kick for Teymur. A knee to the gut from the clinch hits for Jo. Teymur looks at the crowd and shrugs. Inside leg kick for Teymur and a jump knee from Jo.
Teymur presses forward and kicks the lead leg. Jab from Jo followed by a takedown feint. Inside leg kick for Teymur. Jo pumps an opened-palm stiff arm. A left right land for Jo but Teymur scores a brief takedown. Jab for Jo and a right hand misses for Teymur. Jo shoots in for a takedown but Teymur takes him down. Right hand from Teymur from full guard. Jo rolls for a knee but bails on it. Jo is up. Overhand right and then left hook hit for Teymur. He shoots in but eats a knee to the body from Jo. Teymur ducks under a left and then ducks a head kick. A one-two lands for Jo. Overhand right is blocked by Jo. Another one-two for Jo.
- Daniel Teymur def. Sung Bin Jo by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28): Featherweight
Prelims: (5 PM ET, ESPN+)
- Sergey Khandozhko def. Rostem Akman by unanimous decision (29-28 x3): Welterweight
- Lina Lansberg def. Tonya Evinger by unanimous decision (30-26 x2, 30-27): (W) Bantamweight
- Leonardo Santos def. Stevie Ray by KO at 2:17 of round 1: Lightweight
- Frank Camacho def. Nick Hein by TKO at 4:56 of round 2: Lightweight
- Bea Malecki def. Duda Santana by submission (RNC) at 1:59 of round 2: (W) Featherweight
- Devin Clark def. Darko Stosic by unanimous decision (29-28 x3): Light Heavyweight
- Joel Alvarez def. Danilo Belluardo by TKO at 2:22 of round 2: Lightweight