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The preliminary action is set to get underway at aprox 1.30pm ET (6.30pm UK) with the main card beginning at 4pm ET (9pm UK)
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Stefan Struve defeats Stipe Miocic by TKO at 3.50mins of Rd2
Dan Hardy defeats Amir Sadollah by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Brad Pickett defeats Yves Jabouin by KO at 3.40mins of Rd1
Matt Wiman defeats Paul Sass by submission (armbar) at 3.48mins of Rd1
John Hathaway defeats John Maguire by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Che Mills defeats Duane Ludwig by TKO (injury) at 2.28mins of Rd1
Jimi Manuwa defeats Kyle Kingsbury by TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 5mins of Rd2
We learned two things in this fight – Manuwa’s striking lived up to the hype, and Kingsbury has a ludicriously good chin. Thing started badly for Manuwa when he loaded up too much on a hook and opened himself up to an easy takedown for Kingsbury. Eventually he got back upright however, and the remainder of the round was hell for his opponent. Manuwa threw everything but the kitchen sink at him – hard lefts to the body, huge right hooks to the head, roundhouse kicks to the jaw, knees to the body and face. Kingsbury appeared rocked on several occasions, but somehow stayed standing and made it to round two by the skin of his teeth. His left eye was swelling badly, but he came out for the next five minutes, and wisely got the fight to the floor. Manuwa got back up though and though his pace was slowing a little he still managed to land some solid strikes in the minutes that followed, and also showed some versatility by dropping down for a Peruvian neck-tie submission at tone point, while Kingsbury also scored a takedown, a rare moment of success for him in the fight. It looked like we were heading to a third round though, but with Kingsbury’s eye now completely swollen shut the cage-side doctor ruled in-between rounds that he couldn’t continue, and so Manuwa gets the TKO stoppage win. Great fights so far!
Akira Corassani defeats Andy Ogle by split decision (29-28 x2, 27-30)
Another competitive fight between these two debuting fighters from the TUF show. Ogle looked a little tentative in the opening stages, but was given a confidence booster when a left hand dropped Corassani to the mat momentarily. Unphased Carassani got back up and looked to be getting the better of the striking, and appeared to hurt Ogle with a big right hook of his own. In the second Corassani appeared to be edging the striking battle again, while Ogle was attempting to get his wrestling game going, but was finding his takedown attempts easily stuffed. He persisted though and towards the end of the round he was able to get Corassani partially down against the cage and looked for a guillotine. Unable to finish it with just 10 seconds to go he opted to throw punches instead, and landing some good shots, then just as the bell sounded Corassani fired back with a hard hook of his own that floored Ogle. In the third Ogle was able to get the fight to the mat once again close to the cage and managed to trap one of Corassani’s arms. After some adjustments he was able to start raining down some hard elbow strikes which opened a cut on his opponent’s temple. Ogle continued to dish out punishment for the remainder of the round for a strong finish, but it wasn’t enough to win him the fight on the judges scorecards. There’s certainly a case to be made for Ogle here, but it was a close fight overall.
Brad Tavares defeats Tom Watson by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
This was definitely an entertaining contest, with both fighters giving it their all over three rounds. For the most part it was fought on the feet and the two men weren’t shy to exchange blows. Tavares seemed to have the edge, with his straight punches, the jab in particular, finding their target regularly, while Watson threatened with big hooks, but had his best success with knees to the body and frequent leg kicks. The big difference between them however was Tavares wrestling, enabling him to take down Watson several times during the fight, and looking close to a finish late in the second after applying a rear-naked choke. In the end the judges awarded a split decision, but the right man had his hand raised.
Gunnar Nelson defeats DaMarques Johnson by submission (Rear-naked choke) at 3.34mins of Rd1
Impressive debut from Nelson here. From his karate style stance he landed a couple of nice shots in the early stages, then switched to the grappling game, taking Johnson to the mat. Johnson’s tricky off his back and tried a couple of submissions, but Nelson was composed and got himself out of dangerous. From their on it was all Nelson as he passed Johnson’s guard and eventually secured mount, then took his back. Try as he might Johnson couldn’t get out from the body triangle Nelson had secured around his waist, and after surviving one rear-naked choke attempt, he tapped out to the second.
Robbie Peralta defeats Jason Young by KO at 0.23mins of Rd1
Peralta wasted no time here. He came out swinging with big looping hooks and caught Young flush with a right, sending him crashing to the canvas. More right hands followed on the ground and forced the stoppage after just 23 seconds of action.