Many wondered how much Alexander Gustafsson had left in him. After falling short in two title shots, the Swede still held out hope he could reach the pinnacle again and get one more chance at the belt.
Gustafsso moved one step closer to that on Sunday with a dismantling of another title contender in Glover Teixeira. Gustafsson thoroughly dominated Teixeira with his massive uppercuts and precision speed. He was able to avoid many of the heavy swings from Teixeira by simply running out of harm's way before landing a punch of his own.
By the time they reached the fifth and final round, Teixeira had nothing left in the tank after surviving multiple knockdowns from Gustafsson.
It was Gustafsson's 11th career win via knockout and his first since knocking out Jimi Manuwa in 2014. Gustafsson (18-4) is now 2-2 in his last four fights after losing consecutive fights to Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson.
He showed on Sunday why he's gotten multiple title shots and there's no reason why he shouldn't get another one at some point this year. Even though he's already lost to both Cormier and Jon Jones, Gustafsson was extremely competitive in both bouts and should do the same in a second go-round. Plus, there's really no one else for him to fight at 205 pounds.