Luhansk Shakhtar knocked out a member of the UFC Hall of Fame. Why did this Swede come back at all?
Nikita Krylov was fully rehabilitated for the March failure.
On the evening of July 23, the UFC Fight Night tournament takes place in London, which is headed by the duel between Tom Aspinall and Curtis Blaydes. However, in the main card there was no less fiery poster. After a two-year downtime, UFC Hall of Famer Alexander Gustafsson has returned to action. And he was opposed by Nikita Krylov.
The Swede was approaching the upcoming meeting with a series of three losses. He lost ahead of schedule to Jon Jones, Anthony Smith and Fabricio Werdum in the heavyweight division. And Krylov lost in three of his last four fights. Magomed Ankalaev, Glover Teixeira and Paul Craig became his offenders. Moreover, Nikita lost to the last one as insultingly as possible in March of this year, falling into the insidious triangle of the Scot.
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And yet, Krylov, who was in relative good shape, was considered the favorite. And Nikita began to justify the quotes from the first seconds. After a low-kick, Shakhtar knocked down Gustafsson with a deuce and went for finishing moves. The Swede miraculously survived under this hail and, moreover, was able to fight back. But at the end of the first minute, Nikita again dropped Gustafsson with a left hook clinch. This time, Alex couldn’t dodge Miner’s impact hail and was lying in a deaf defense. Looking at this, Mark Goddard stopped the fight.
A very bright comeback performed by a native of the Luhansk region, although he was presented as a resident of Donetsk. The miner rode the skating rink on a living UFC legend. Why did Gustafsson even return to the octagon? Was the past three losses not enough for him? This time, Krylov had to discourage the Swede from rehabilitating himself.