The fairytale comeback which never was, Alex Enlund was unable to win his first fight back in more than a year, dropping a decision to Kane Mousah at ACB 70.

The Sheffield event on September 23 marked Enlund’s first competitive MMA appearance since June 2016, and just two months later he was signed to fight in the UFC.

However, Enlund would never get that chance following a pre-fight scan which uncovered a potential brain lesion, a suspected medical issue which left him sidelined until June 2017 and saw his eventual release from the UFC.

Enlund, 30, may not want to admit it, but it seemed that a combination of ring rust and an excellent gameplan from Mousah were the biggest factors in his shock loss.

Speaking to MMA Plus after his first defeat since 2013, he commended Mousah for putting on the best performance of his career.

Feeling a great deal of emotion leading into the fight, the returning martial artist gave a poignant speech but vowed to return and find the success which led him to a Cage Warriors world championship.