The UFC made their fifth foray on FUEL TV live in Nottingham, England. The action-packed card delivered plenty of action on both the main and preliminary cards. In the main event, Stefan Struve overcame a flat start to seize control of the second round late and scored a TKO victory over Stipe Miocic. In the co-main event, hometown favorite Dan Hardy edged Amir Sadollah with a mix of boxing and wrestling to gain a decision win.
In other action, Brad Pickett, Matt Wiman, John Hathaway, and Che Mills all notched victories in Nottingham tonight.
Struve Drops Miocic
Stefan Struve overcame a flat start in the first round to land a TKO victory over Stipe Miocic. Miocic was able to negate Struve’s length in the first round but had few answers when Struve finally utilized a jab effectively in the second round. Struve and Miocic stunned each other in the second round multiple times before Struve finally secured the coup de grâce after a devastating uppercut connected on the Cleveland State product.
Struve improves to 29-5 and has won four straight since losing to Travis Browne. The loss marks the first setback of Stipe Miocic’s career, dropping him to 9-1.
Hardy Defeats Sadollah
Hometown favorite Dan Hardy showed his growth as a fighter by adding wrestling to his already strong boxing game. After a close first round, Hardy took control of the fight for the final two rounds as he pounded Sadollah on their feet while mixing in improved wrestling to ground the TUF 7 winner and then hammer him with strikes.
Hardy has now won two straight fights after dropping four in a row. Sadollah is now 1-2 in his last three fights.
“One Punch” Annihilates Jabouin
Brad Pickett proved his moniker true as he crushed Yves Jabouin with a right uppercut after taking a lot of damage early in the fight. “One Punch” struggled with the pace of Jabouin early but made the most of the shots he did land. Jabouin opened himself to the shot after missing a jab. Jabouin was out before he hit the canvas. Pickett improves to 2-1 in the UFC since coming over to the promotion after 3-1 stint in the now defunct WEC.
Wiman Shocks Sass
While it was not inconceivable that Matt Wiman would pull out a victory over Paul Sass, it was the method that made things surreal as Wiman submitted the unbeaten Sass. Wiman overcame some early trouble to catch Sass with a triangle that put Sass on the defensive. While Sass avoided the initial submission, Wiman locked up an armbar that forced the British fighter to relent.
The win was the first in nearly a year to the day for Wiman, who was very emotional after the victory. The win improved Wiman to 9-4 in the UFC.
Hathaway Cruises Past Maguire
John Hathaway proved to be the greater John in his fight with John Maguire. Hathaway utilized his range well and controlled the location of the action throughout the fight en route to a relatively easy victory. Maguire was simply unable to ever get things going in the bout due to Hathaway’s attacks and pace. Hathaway is now 17-1 (with the lone loss to Mike Pyle) with the victory, while Maguire sees his seven-fight winning streak come to an end.
“Bang” Ludwig Injured, Mills Victorious via TKO
Che Mills was impressive in his fight with Duane Ludwig as he appeared to open up the fighter on the very first strike. Mills then scored a takedown into side control where he landed a bevy of strong strikes before Ludwig got back to his feat. Unfortunately for Ludwig, his left knee gave out as he tried to control the clinch against the cage. Mills showed a lot of class by not attacking the clearly injured fighter and stayed by Ludwig’s side until the doctor’s entered the cage.
Main Card (FUEL TV 4PM ET)
- Stefan Struve def. Stipe Miocic via TKO (punches) at 3:50 of Round 2
- Dan Hardy def. Amir Sadollah via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Brad Pickett def. Yves Jabouin via KO (punch) at 3:40 of Round 1
- Matt Wiman def. Paul Sass via submission (armbar) at 3:48 of Round 1
- John Hathaway def. John Maguire via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)
- Che Mills def. Duane Ludwig via TKO (knee injury) at 2:28 of Round 1
Preliminary Card (Facebook 1PM ET)
- 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
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