Manuwa vs Anderson | Nelson vs Jouban | Pickett vs Vera | Allen vs Amirkhani | Duffy vs Madadi | Stewart vs Barroso | Omielanczuk vs Johnson | Edwards vs Luque | Diakiese vs Packalen | Breese vs Bamgbose | Entwistle vs Johns | Scott vs Askham | Lansberg vs Pudilova
UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs Anderson main card
Jimi Manuwa defended every takedown attempt Corey Anderson was desperate to land and then ended “Overtime’s” night with a left hook that sent the titanic light heavyweight tumbling to the ground after a brutal knockout. Manuwa landed the blow at 3:05 of the first round and picks up his sixth win in the UFC and his second in a row. After the bout, “Poster Boy” called out the winner of UFC 210’s main event light heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson.
They said it:
Jimi Manuwa: “That was one of the great moments for me, getting a knockout in front of my home crowd in London. This is going to be one of the highlights of my career. The crowd was amazing tonight. I soaked it all in as I walked out and when I got into the Octagon. The fans were just so supportive. That’s the best crowd I’ve ever fought in front of. British fighters are working really hard at the moment and there’s been a lot of great British talent on the card tonight. It just shows that we are a force to be reckoned with. I think it’s only right that we have another British champion."
Corey Anderson : “This is a good learning lesson for me. I’m young. I’m 27 and I’m already ranked in the top 10. I’ve just got to keep growing from here, you know. We take losses and we get a lot of wins. Sometimes we win more than we lose; sometimes you lose more than you win. But everybody is going to end up on the bad side of the bed some day, and today it was my day. Now we’ve just got to go back to the drawing board. We’re going to watch some film, and we’re going to learn something from this."
Gunnar Nelson spent the first five minutes tracking Alan Jouban down and he eventually caught him and got him down to the mat. Once there, Nelson gained mount and ran out the clock with control from top position. But in the second round, Nelson came charging forward and landed a big right hand and rocked Jouban. Before “Brahma” could recover Nelson was on top and locked in a guillotine choke for the finish. Nelson won by submission at :46 of the second round. Nelson now has seven wins in the UFC.
They said it:
Gunnar Nelson: "I feel really good. He was strong, durable and he mixed up his strikes well. I was expecting him to back me into the cage a little bit more than he did. I was expecting him to try some of his takedowns but he didn’t cause me too many problems. Now I will go home and spend time with my family and be with my son. I want to go home, start training again and keep on improving. Hopefully I can have two more fights this year and get another good opponent, one of the top guys. Who knows what will happen after that?"
Alan Jouban : “I didn’t perform the way I wanted out there. I didn’t let go as much as I had wanted. I felt like as soon as I started kind of letting go, he got in a good position and he just locked on the choke at the wrong time for me but the right time for him. I was exhaling at the time and he was able to just lock it in. It’s disappointing for me, you know. I wouldn’t tap to that again. But you move forward and you learn from these experiences."
Brad Pickett was certainly looking for the storybook ending in his retirement fight, but it wasn’t meant to be as Marlon Vera scored the highlight reel head kick knockout on Pickett’s home turf. Pickett held his own in the fight and the judges were going to have their work cut out for them had the bout gone to decision. Vera was up 88-73 in unofficial total strikes, but Pickett landed a pair of takedowns in the bout and made things interesting in his final outing. Pickett retures as one of only two men to beat flyweight king and pound-for-pound No. 1 Demetrious Johnson.
They said it:
Marlon Vera: “I knew how important this fight was for Brad but also how big it was for me. All week, I have thought to myself, if I win I won’t celebrate. I just have so much respect for him as an opponent, and as a fighter. I took this fight on nine days’ notice, you know, and I went out there and gave it everything. I felt really tired in the first round. This is my time. I’m only 24 years old and there is so much more to come from me. I said earlier in the week that this is my time and I believe that.”
Brad Pickett : “I just want to say a huge thank you to my wife, my family, my friends, coaches, to my teammates and to the fans. I’m so grateful for all the support over the years, it means so much to me. I do feel some sense of relief, though, and I’m glad I announced that I was retiring before I went in there tonight. It’s over and I’m ready for the next step. It’s the right time in my life to step away from this sport. I owe everything to the fans. I don’t call them fans though; I call them friends and I have time for all of them. I owe it all to them. I leave behind my heart and my soul and as the token, I left my hat. I owe it all to the UFC for giving me the platform to perform. It was electrifying in this arena tonight and I’m sorry it wasn’t the fairytale ending that everybody desired but I’m happy. Congratulations to Marlon."
Arnold Allen remained undefeated in the UFC, picking up his third win by outclassing Makwin Amirkhani en route to a split decision win, 28-29, 30-37, 30-37. Allen knew the Finland product was going to wrestle hard and he was ready, stuffing six of 11 takedowns. Allen showed his superior standup, landing 87-38 in total unofficial strikes.
They said it:
Arnold Allen: “I was expecting everything he threw at me. He started with the jumping knee and I was expecting that. I’ve been working on my submission attempts though, with my team. My coaches helped me and were a big part of this win. It means everything for me to win in front of my home crowd and this is the arena I wanted to fight in. It was my dream to fight here on the main card. One day I will be back here and I will be the main event.”
UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs Anderson prelims
“Irish” Joe Duffy added to the win pile, putting on a nearly perfect performance to take out a tough Reza Madadi by unanimous decision, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27. As Dan Hardy said inside the Octagon after the fight, Duffy controlled every range in the stand up game and when the fight went to the canvas he opened up Madadi with several pinpoint elbows. The rest of the fight Madadi spent wiping the blood out of his eyes. Duffy stuffed nine takedowns and unofficially out-struck Madadi, 54-25.
They said it:
Joe Duffy: “I’m delighted to get the win. Reza is a very durable fighter. I just had to keep chipping away at him. He has a very good defence and it’s hard to land shots on him so I just had to be patient and wait for the right opportunity. I wanted to get the knockout but Reza has never been finished. Even though I know how durable he is, being there in the Octagon with him, he was a level above. I really enjoyed the fight. Fights like this ask a lot about your character and I think I showed mine this evening. I’d love to stay in the UFC so let’s just see what my options are from here.”
Francimar Barroso landed seven takedowns and his grappling efforts earned him a unanimous decision win, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28. Barroso was out-landed overall, 67-53, but he landed the more significant strikes with an unofficial total of 39.
Tim Johnson landed the only takedown of the fight and used his strike volume and wrestling to take home a split decision win, 28-28, 30-27, 29-28. Johnson landed 102-94 in total strikes, edging out Omielanczuk by just a short amount. Johnson collects his third win in the UFC.
They said it:
Tim Johnson: “I feel pretty good. After they announced 29-28 for Daniel and 30-27 for me, I was getting a flashback from my fight with Volkov in November and so I was expecting the worst, but I got the result I was looking for. It’s nice to get back in the win column, especially now with only one fight left on my contract and it means I’m a little less stressed about what will happen in the future. I want to stay here in the UFC. This is where the best fighters are in the world. Why would I want to be anywhere else?”
Daniel Omielanczuk: “He was better than me in the clinch tonight so I agree with the judges' decision. He was able to use his weight to keep me on the fence. That was obviously his game plan and it worked out for him. Next time, I know that I need to fight much better."
Leon Edwards made it a dirty fight and grinded for three rounds to pull out a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) win over Vicente Luque. Both fighters landed a pair of takedowns but Edwards out-struck Luque unofficially, 100-44 in total strikes to pull out the win. The loss ends a four fight win streak for Luque, who had earned stoppage wins in all four fights. Edwards extends his own win streak to three in a row.
They said it:
Leon Edwards: “It was a good fight. I knew Luque was going to be tough. I had to match him for power and toughness. I was in the stands here a few years ago saying ‘I want to fight in the UFC in this arena’ so tonight is a dream come true for me. I’ve been watching Cowboy over the years and I like the way my style matches up with his. I would love to challenge myself against him."
Vicente Luque : “I’m feeling very mad that I lost the fight but I think the judges thought that he controlled the floor more than I did. That’s why I think he won the fight. He had great stand up and he had good timing. In the last two rounds I was able to try my hands more but he was controlling me on the ground. I want to get back home, recover from this defeat, get back into training and come back and fight again. I know that I’m a tough fighter in this division and I know I’m going to come back stronger and make a claim for the title."
Marc Diakiese predicted a flashy spinning back kick KO against Teemu Packalen, but instead “The Bonecrusher” landed a devastating overhand right that sent Packalen to the mat, pulling off the knockout at just 30 seconds of the first round. Diakiese improves to a perfect 12-0 and after the bout announced that he plans to go straight to the top because nobody works harder. Diakiese’s flashy style and insane striking prowess has earned the Brit six KO victories in his career. At just 24 years old, Diakiese is certainly a name to keep in eye on in the lightweight division.
They said it:
Marc Diakiese: "I’ve been saying it all week and I’ll say it again. That was easy work. I’m one of the best and I will keep proving it. I’m training at one of the best gyms and I just keep proving that I am one of the best out there. I want to be fighting on the main card next. Being on the prelims is no good for me. I want to be fighting bigger names. I’m interested in fighting on the Sweden card in May and then put me on the Glasgow card in July. Whoever is next, I will be ready."
Bradley Scott and Scott Askham waged an entertaining war in the second fight of the night, but Scott was able to pull off the win by split decision, 28-29, 29-28, 29-28. Scott dropped Askham in the first round and utilized the low leg kick to slow down Askham’s progress right in the early minutes of the fight. Askham hung tough and had a great round 2, scoring a knockdown and out-working Scott. But Scott’s third round likely closed the deal for him as he continued to work on the leg and scored the more damaging blows.
They said it:
Brad Scott: “It was a tough fight. I got tired. I could have pushed the pace a bit more and I wish I could have got the finish but I enjoyed it. I was so close to giving up fighting. It’s been an emotional year but I’m back. I can’t give it up. I finally won in London, in one of the biggest indoor arenas in the world. It’s one of the greatest feelings of my life, especially since I was so close to giving it all up."
Scott Askham : “It was a close fight, I’m not going to say I was robbed, as it could have gone either way. We both lined clean shots and we both hurt each other. He knocked me down in the first round but I think I did enough to win the next two rounds but you could argue he deserved to win those two. Obviously I’m very disappointed and there are no excuses. I put my heart and soul into this camp but credit to Bradley Scott, he went in there and got the victory."
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Lina Lansberg defeated Lucie Pudilova
In an brutal slugfest of a fight to open up the festivities in London, Lina Lansberg edged out Lucie Pudilova by unanimous decision, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28, to pick up her first win in the UFC. Pudilova took the fight on short notice and arguably did enough to win the fight in her own right. Lansberg said after the bout in her Octagon interview that Pudilova deserved to win the fight. Unofficial numbers put the strike differential at 163-96 in favor of Pudilova, who did most of her damage in the third round where she landed a staggering 86 strikes. Pudilova landed 99 significant strikes and Lansberg scored the only takedown of the fight.
They said it:
Lina Lansberg: “It was a tough fight but I’m feeling fine. I’ve fought her before so I was expecting it to be another tough fight. She lost the first fight so I knew she wanted to come after me. I’m really happy that I got the win though."
Lucie Pudilova : “It was a tough fight but I really enjoyed it. I thought that I had done enough because Lina could barely stand up by the end. I really wanted to finish her on the floor but I wasn’t able to."