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.
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.
Alexander Gustafsson joins a list of notable MMA retirements in 2019 that includes: Georges St-Pierre, Brock Lesnar, Mirko Cro Cop, Stefan Struve, Dennis Bermudez, Ross Pearson, Josh Burkman, Teruto Ishihara, Tom Duquesnoy and Dan Kelly.
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) June 1, 2019
Wow. Anthony Smith with a huge submission win over Alexander Gustafsson, in a fight his team really had to sell him on taking so quickly after Jon Jones loss. Smith was really upset with himself about Jones performance. This one should make him feel a lot better.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) June 1, 2019
Alexander Gustafsson retires from MMA. Great time to do it. Hell of a career. Probably the fighter who has come the closest to winning a title without actually doing it. Farewell.
— Jed Meshew II (@JedKMeshew) June 1, 2019
Alexander Gustafsson is the European Chris Weidman don’t @ me
— Wikipedia Brown 007 🕵🏾♂️ (@WikkipediaBrown) June 1, 2019
"It has been an amazing rollercoaster. An amazing journey."
"I have everything in my life because of the sport and the UFC."
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) June 1, 2019
Alexander Gustafsson just retired in the cage.
— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) June 1, 2019
Alexander Gustafsson just laid down his gloves in the octagon. "The show is over, guys."
I want to say he just retired, though, when emotions run high after a fight, it's hard to say if that was really it.
— Heidi Fang (@HeidiFang) June 1, 2019
Wow. Alexander Gustafsson retires. #UFCStockholm
— Helen Yee (@HelenYeeSports) June 1, 2019
Big win for @lionheartasmith congrats!
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) June 1, 2019
— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) June 1, 2019
— danawhite (@danawhite) June 1, 2019
Honestly I don’t believe you but if you’re serious, thank you for everything. You held the division to a standard and made us better. Go kick ass with that Family.
— BONY (@JonnyBones) June 1, 2019
Congrats on a magnificent career @AlexTheMauler Incredible fighter and a true gentleman.
— michael (@bisping) June 1, 2019
— jack hermansson (@jackthejokermma) June 1, 2019
Congrats to @AlexTheMauler on an amazing career! Hate to see him bow out but have to respect when a fighter is no longer willing to make that walk. One of the greatest in and outside of the cage, he’ll be missed in the Ufc.
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) June 1, 2019