“UFC on FUEL TV: Struve vs. Miocic” took place Saturday inside Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England.
A heavyweight shootout between Stipe Miocic and Stefan Struve headlined the freebie fight card. Miocic was a 2-to-1 odds-on favorite to ground the “Skyscraper.”
Welterweights Dan Hardy and Amir Sadollah served as the night’s co-featured attraction.
Here are the official results and play-by-play from tonight’s action:
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Robert Peralta Defeated Jason Young via KO (Punches) :23 in the 1stRound
1stRound: They both featherweights come out firing. Peralta catches him with a vicious right hook that drops Young like a sack of potatoes. It’s a wrap.
Gunnar Nelson Defeated DaMarques Johnson via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:34 in the 1stRound
1stRound: FYI – Johnson was knocked out cold just eight weeks ago, took this fight on short notice and weighed in seven pounds over the limit for their 175-catchweight bout. Let’s see… Nelson lands a head kick to start things off. He charges forward and plants Johnson on the ground. Johnson goes for an omoplata from off his back, but Nelson makes him pay by moving to side control. He easily advances to full mount with half the round remaining. Nelson advances to his back, secures a body triangle and tries a rear-naked choke. Johnson fought him off for as long as he could, but was eventually forced to cry uncle.
Brad Tavares Defeated Tom Watson via Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
1stRound: Watson scores with a right hand, though Tavares walks right through it and gets a brief takedown. Watson cage walks to his feet, but is clinched against the fence. Tavares takes an accidental knee to the groin and time is called. Game on. Tavares really working the jab. He secures another takedown. Watson catches him with another low blow. Watson gets a final warning and the fight resumes. Tavares comes out with a flying knee to the midsection. Tavares, 10-9.
2ndRound: Solid back-and-forth action. Tavares has him pressed against the cage looking for a takedown. Watson connects on a knee to the stomach. After a couple of stagnant minutes, Tavares trips him to the canvas and immediately takes his back. He slaps on a body lock. Watson fends him off well. Tavares, 10-9.
3rdRound: Tavares clocks him with a big right. The Hawaiian lands a momentary takedown. Time is called to fix the tape on Watson’s glove. Watson fighting with a greater sense of urgency. They each land uppercuts in the clinch. Watson attempted a guillotine choke to no avail. Tavares goes for a double-leg takedown. Tavares continues to press him against the cage and finally gets a takedown. Tavares, 10-9, and likely swept the cards, 30-27.
Akira Corassani Defeated Andy Ogle via Split Decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
1stRound: Ogle briefly dropped him with a right hand. He drops Corassani again, this time with a left. Corassani is bleeding above his left eye. Ogle eats an overhand right and a bump is forming on his forehead. Corassani rallied, but Ogle likely won, 10-9.
2ndRound: Corassani connects with a counter right. Corassani scores with a nice combination in the pocket. Ogle is looking for takedown, but can’t manage to secure one. He catches Corassani’s kick and finally gets him to the mat. Ogle goes for a guillotine choke. Ogle realizes he can’t finish him and unloads some bombs instead. Corassani drops him with a right just after the horn blared. Both fighters head back to their corners. Corassani won’t be punished for the late hit. Ogle, 10-9, but it was close.
3rdRound: Ogle gets a takedown and is working to take his back. He has Corassani’s right arm tied up and is unloading countless elbows into his opponent’s dome. Pretty much the same punishment going down over the last three minutes of the final frame. Ogle, 10-9, and probably won, 30-27.
Jimi Manuwa Defeated Kyle Kingsbury via TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage – Left Eye Swelling) at 5:00 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Manuwa slips and Kinsbury immediately jumps on top of him. Kingsbury doing a solid job of holding him down. He slaps on a D’arce choke to no avail. Manuwa gets to his feet and drops his opponent with a right hand. He lets Kingsbury back up and is unloading on his dazed and confused foe. Manuwa is really diversifying his strikes – kicks to the body, head and punches from every direction. It’s pretty surprising Kingbury is still standing. Kingsbury’s left eye is JACKED. Manuwa, 10-9.
2ndRound: Manuwa scores with a big right punch, but Kingsbury makes him pay for it by planting the Octagon rookie on his back. Manuwa gets to his feet and is unleashing knees to the dome while in the clinch. Kingsbury eats a shin to the face. Kingsbury drags him to the ground and lands in side control. It appears Manuwa is gassing. Kingsbury, 10-9. Can Kingsbury even see out of his left eye?
I guess not. The doctor stops the fight because Kingsbury’s eye is swollen and sealed completely shut. He wanted to continue, though.
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Che Mills Defeated Duane Ludwig via TKO (Referee Stoppage – Knee Injury) at 2:28 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Mills lands a right hand and trips Ludwig to the canvas while in the clinch. Solid ground attack by Mills. Ludwig manages to work his way to his feet. Just as Mills throws him back to the ground, Ludwig injures his left knee and the fight is stopped.
John Hathaway Defeated John Maguire via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Both welterweights feeling each other out in the opening two minutes. Maguire scores with a right hand. Hathaway has been the busies fighter, but hasn’t landed anything significant. Solid jab by Hathaway. Maguire answers with a one-two combination. Close stanza to call. Maguire, 10-9.
2ndRound: Hathaway drags him to the mat and has four minutes to work. Hathaway is simply smothering him, though the ground-and-pound is far from devastating. He advances to side control. Hathaway, 10-9.
3rdRound: Hathaway tags him with a right hand. Some boos coming down from the crowd, as some are less than thrilled with the lack of action inside Octagon. Maguire shoots and secures a takedown with one minute left. Could he steal this fight? Hathaway was nearly a 3-to-1 favorite. It will come down to how the judges saw the opening stanza. Hathaway, 10-9, and likely won, 29-28.
Matt Wiman Defeated Paul Sass via Submission (Armbar) at 3:48 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Sass immediately plants him on his back. Wiman fights his way on top, but Sass tries an omoplata from off his back. Sass regains top position. Wiman now slaps on an armbar attempt from the bottom. Sass wiggles free and drops some bombs. Wiman tries another armbar. He shows greater patience this time around and finally forces Sass to tap.
Brad Pickett Defeated Yves Jabouin via KO (Punch) at 3:40 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Pickett takes an accidental eye poke and time is called. Game on. Jabouin lands some leg kicks and tops it off with a knee to the dome. Pickett eats another knee, but counters with a one-two combo. Solid left hook by Pickett. Great fight thus far. Pickett floors him with a right uppercut. That’s all she wrote. “One Punch” lives up to his nickname. WOW. He then busts out the most popular dance in the world to celebrate #GangnamStyle
Dan Hardy Defeated Amir Sadollah via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
1stRound: Hardy clocks him with two straight left hooks, but Sadollah continues to forge ahead. Hardy has him clinched against the cage. He lands a couple of short elbows in the clinch. Sadollah scores with some uppercuts as they separate. Hardy, 10-9.
2ndRound: Hardy is really active to start the middle frame. Sadollah connects with some left jabs. Hardy lands a double-leg takedown, though Sadollah gets right back up. Hardy secures another takedown. “The Outlaw” showing he’s added more to his repertoire. Hardy, 10-9.
3rdRound: Sadollah’s face is bloodied. Hardy stuns him with a right hook and instantly takes Sadollah down. Hardy unloading some vicious elbows on the ground. Not the Dan Hardy most expected to see, but adding kicks, wrestling and GnP to his arsenal isn’t a bad thing for the Brit. Hardy, 10-9, and likely ran the table, 30-27.
Stefan Struve Defeated Stipe Miocic via TKO (Punches) at 3:50 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Miocic has done a nice job of closing the distance by landing some body shots. On the flipside, Struve can do a better job of using his jab and kicks to keep his opponent on the outside. Struve unloads a flying knee. He follows up with another knee to the grill. He goes to the well one too many times, as Miocic catches it and trips “Skyscraper” to the mat. He lets Struve back up. Miocic eats another knee. Close stanza to score. Miocic, 10-9.
2ndRound: Struve scores with a kick to the midsection. Miocic takes a kick to the groin and time is called. Game on. Struve finally using his long jab to his advantage. Miocic appears stunned, as Stuve chases him around the cage. Struve connects on several punches to the grill. Miocic fires back and wobbles his opponent with a right. Struve nearly drops him with a right upper cut and flurry. Miocic is dazed and confused and Struve goes in for the kill. He’s really giving Miocic the business. Referee Herb Dean finally brings the beating to an end after countless unanswered bombs.