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Twitter bids adieu to three-time title challenger Alexander Gustafsson

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Former three-time title challenger Alexander Gustafsson suffered the second back to back loss inside the Octagon as he got submitted by Anthony Smith at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.

From the beginning of the fight, Smith was the most the aggressors inside the Octagon as he chased Alexander Gustafsson around the cage. In the first two rounds, Gustafsson showed his quick foot movement and kept Smith at bay with his kicks, but as the rounds passed Smith got frustrated and started throwing power shots, but they weren’t exactly landing cleanly as Gustafsson was dodging shots with his incredible head movement.

Twitter bids adieu to three-time title challenger Alexander Gustafsson - Alexander

 

However, in the fourth round, as Gustafsson was advancing forward, he tried to take Smith down, but as they went down, Smith managed to fall on top of Gustafsson and then started landing heavy shots from the top, ultimately as Gustafsson tried to defend himself, Smith slipped his forearm under the chin and locked up the Mauler for the rear naked choke. He ultimately had to tap at 2:38 into the fourth round.

During the post-fight interview, Gustafsson revealed that he wants to retire as the show is over.

“I’m very disappointed,” Gustafsson said during his post-fight interview. “It happened again. I lost in my own home. But it’s a sport. You do it because you love it, and it is what it is. Lionheart Anthony Smith, he’s tough as nails and a great guy.

“I just want to thank you all for coming out this night and supporting all of the fighters here. Every time the UFC comes back, it’s a highlight and it’s amazing to be here and compete and hear the cheers.”

“The show is over, guys,” concluded Gustafsson. (H/T – MMA Mania)

Here is how Twitter reacted to Gustafsson’s retirement.

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