“UFC on FUEL TV 5″ kicked off on Facebook with a five-fight preliminary card earlier today from the Capital FM Arena. Exciting prospect, and former BAMMA standout, Jimi Manuwa prevented the UK fighters from being shut out after Akira Corassani, Brad Tavares, Gunnar Nelson, and Robbie Peralta all notched wins on the undercard.
Be sure to stay tuned to MMAFrenzy for continuing coverage of the weekend event. The FUEL TV main card kicks off at 4PM ET and will be headlined by a heavyweight showdown between Stefan Struve and Stipe Miocic.
Manuwa Batters Kingsbury
Jimi Manuwa prevented the UK fighters from being shut out on the preliminary card with an absolute beating of Kyle Kingsbury. While it was a doctor’s stoppage, Kingsbury was blasted by Manuwa early and often before his left eye finally sealed shut. Kingsbury showed a lot of heart, and appeared to steal the second round before the doctor called it when Kingsbury could not open his left eye before the third round.
Corassani Ruins Ogle’s Homecoming
UK Fighter Andy Ogle came out on the wrong end of a split decision against Akira Corassani. Corassani had a distinct advantage in the standup after recovering from early knockdown by Ogle, which forced Ogle to look to wrestle more often. The fight may have unfortunately hinged on a late knockdown by Corassani that occurred right after the second round horn sounded. The strike, which replay clearly showed landed after the horn, was not penalized by the referee due to the proximity to the horn.
Tavares Spoils Watson’s UFC Debut
A much improved Brad Tavares spoiled the UFC debut of UK-native Tom “Kong” Watson. Tavares utilized a much improved wrestling game to take an entertaining split decision victory from Watson. “Kong” had his moments however, as he appeared to gain a slight advantage in the striking game that made the first and third rounds particularly difficult to score. Tavares improves to 4-1 in the UFC with the victory, while the loss snaps a three-fight winning streak for Watson.
Nelson Dominates Johnson
Icelandic fighter Gunnar Johnson lived up to the hype as he dominated Demarques Johnson before securing a rear-naked choke finish. Nelson showed some Karate-based striking early before taking the larger fighter to the mat and quickly looking to impose his will. Johnson attempted both an omplata and toehold but they were never close to being finished as Nelson easily evaded them before securing the mount and blasting away with strikes. Johnson eventually gave up his back and the Icelander went to work as calmly secured a body triangle and looked for the rear-naked choke finish. The win improved Nelson to 10-0-1 in his young MMA career, with all ten victories coming by finish.
Peralta Steamrolls Young
Robbie Peralta wasted no time in dispatching opponent Jason Young as he scored a devastating knockout in only twenty-three seconds. While Young is known as the more technical Muay Thai striker, the wild power strikes of Peralta were enough to put him away. The win gives Peralta his second official victory in the Octagon after a “UFC on Fox 1″ win over Mackens Semerzier was overturned due to an accidental headbutt.
- Jimi Manuwa def. Kyle Kingsbury via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 2
- Akira Corassani def. Andy Ogle via split decision (29-28,27-30, 29-28)
- Brad Tavares def. Tom Watson via split decision (30-27,28-29,29-28)
- Gunnar Nelson def. Demarques Johnson va submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:24 of Round 1
- Robert Peralta def. Jason Young via KO (punch) at 0:23 of Round 1