Today, the land of hot blondes and incoherent chefs will host its first-ever UFC event, headlined by Sweden’s fastest-rising contender. Standing in Alexander Gustafsson‘s way is Thiago Silva, the dependably vicious light-heavyweight veteran who’s coming off his one-year suspension for a funny urine test. In the co-main event, real American hero Brian Stann throws down against Alessio Sakara, while names like Paulo Thiago, Dennis Siver, and Brad Pickett fill out what should be a very entertaining afternoon of fights.
Handling play-by-play for the main card is Josh Hutchinson, a man I know very little about. Will he rise to the occasion, or blow his one shot at greatness? There’s just so much on the line today, folks. Round-by-round results from the FUEL TV broadcast, live from Stockholm’s Ericsson Globe Arena, will be piling up after the jump starting at 3 p.m. ET / noon PT. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest.
Helllloooo Potato Nation, and welcome back from the UFC’s
version of spring break. In breaking the drought of live fights, we today look
to Sweden’s inaugural UFC event (Fun Fact: this is the fastest selling European
event in UFC history, selling out in a mere three hours). That being said we
can look forward to a great night early afternoon of fights. To those of
you asking “who the hell is this guy?” Great question. I’ve been lurking the
Cage Potato site for a couple of years now, but stay out of the comments
section. This is also my first live blog, so feel free to be your usual
understanding and supportive selves in the comments (Note: I can’t seem to find
the sarcasm font), but enough of the buildup. Like a dude that hasn’t gotten
his rocks off in far too long, we are here to break a drought. So without
further adieu, LETS GET IT ON!!!
Jason Young defeats Eric Wisely via unanimous decision
Simeon Thoresen defeats Besam Yousef via 2nd round submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Reza Madadi defeats Yoislandy Izquierdo via 2nd round submission (Guillotine Choke)
Francis Carmont defeats Magnus Cedenblad via 2nd round submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Cyrille Diabate defeats Tom DeBlass via Split Decision
James Head defeats Papy Abedi via 1st round submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Time for the main card. Subtitles all around for our headliners in the pre fight hype videos.
We are Roganless, but get Kenny Florian in place for the announcing duties.
We start the…day (seems strange) with a bantamweight fight between Brad “One Punch” Pickett and Damacio “Angel of Death” Page.
So the UFC is claiming Jones and Evans to be the biggest rivalry in UFC history. Thoughts?
Damacio Page vs. Brad Pickett
Both men come out swinging, with Page ending up on his back. After a short flurry on the ground both men stand up. Both guys throwing heavy punches. Page with a take-down, and works to side control before Pickett escapes back to his feet. Pickett with a take-down now and gets side control. Both men scrambling. Pickett lands a few heavy shots from Pages guard. Pickett staying busy in the guard with short elbows. Pickett lets him up after Page hints at a triangle. Pickett with another take down after a failed flying knee, but scrambles back up. Only to be taken down again in the final ten seconds.
Page looking to shoot. Pickett with a nice slam off the fence, but doesn’t keep him down. In the standup Pickett drops Page with a left, and looks to swarm, but Page defends well. Alot of jockeying for position on the ground. Page sweeps Pickett into guard. They take it back to the feet where Pickett hits Page with some big shots. Page is rocked and Pickett shoots. After some jockeying on the ground Pickett secures a rear naked choke to cement his first UFC win.
Brad Pickett defeats Damacio Page via 2nd round submisson (Rear Naked Choke)
Damarques “Darkness” Johnson Vs. John “The One” Maguire
Both men in a feeling out process. Maguire eventually shoots for, and gets a takedown. Darkness with with a great display of attempted submissions and transitions, leaving Maguire needing to be defensive in his guard. Maguire to half guard, before securing side control. Maguire with some hammer fists starts a scramble that ends up with Maguire having Johnsons back at the end of the round.
Round starts with Maguire landing a good left and looking for a takedown, but Johnson reverses and ends up on top. Maguire eventually gets up after eating some heavy shots. Back on the feet Maguire looks either hurt or bullshiting. Either way Johnson ties up, but Maguire ends up with the takedown in the end. A bit of stalling on the ground illicits some boos from the Swedish crowd. As if powered by it Maguire transitions quickly and secures a very tight armbar late in the 2nd.
John Maguire defeats Damarques Johnson via 2nd round submission (Arm Bar)
Seems to be a rather submission heavy night. So far though I would have to call that the leading runner for submission of the night.
Dennis Siver Vs. Diego “The Gun” Nunes
Siver making his featherweight debut here. After his trouble making weight yesterday, it will be interesting to see if it effects him at all.
Both men trying to find their range. Siver throwing alot of kicks, most of them to no avail. Siver grabs a single leg, but can’t complete it. Nunes trys a spinning backfist, but it doesn’t land. Both men exchanging kicks. Nunes attempts a flying left head kick for some reason. Needless to say it doesn’t land. Both men seem to be looking for the big counter shot. Another spinning back kick attempt from Nunes. After a quick clinch the round ends with both men on their feet.
Nunes comes out with another spinning head kick. Both fighters still appear to be finding their range. They trade some leg kicks. Nunes catches a kick to the pills, but gets right back into it. Siver trys a takedown, but fails. Siver now trying some spinning back kicks. A quick clinch sees Siver land a nice right hand upon the break. Both men still throwing at the bell takes us into round 3.
Both men come out throwing. Nunes still trying the spinning kicks. Very close standup battle between the two. Siver trying to find a home for his overhand right. Nunes still trying for a spinning kick of some sort. A cut opens under Siver’s eye, not sure what caused it though. Siver swarms with some heavy shots, and Nunes finally hits one of his attempted spinning attacks in the form of a kick to the mid-section. The final seconds of the fight sees both men standing and ready to throw.
We go to the judges, And the nod goes to Siver in a hard fought bout.
Denis Siver defeats Diego Nunes via decision
Paulo Thiago Vs. Siyar “The Great” Bahadurzada
Bahadurzada making his UFC debut against the Brazillian. Thats a whole lot of name that the newcomer has, so I’m just going to call him The Great.
Both men seem hesitant. Finally Thiago rushes in with punches, but The Great dicknails him coming in with a quick right jab, and Thiago is out cold roughly 40 seconds into the fight. Ladies and gentlemen, We have our knockout of the night candidate.
Siyar “The Great” Bahadurzada defeats Paulo Thiago via 1st round KO
The Great claims to have had a broken hand going into the fight, which if is true…god damn, he’s one to watch.
“The All American” Brian Stann vs. Alessio ”Legionarius” Sakara
Stann looking to rebound from his recent loss to middleweight number 1 contender Chael Sonnen, whereas Sakara is also looking to get back to his winning ways after Chris Weidman snapped his 3 fight win streak.
Stann with alot of bobbing and weaving, but Sakara does catch him with a good one. Both men start throwing, but after a couple knees from Stann, Sakara finds himself on his back. In Sakara’s guard, Stann connects with two lefts that puts Sakara out. Refusing to add insult to injury Stann looks to the ref to stop it, which thankfully he does.
Brian Stann defeats Alessio Sakara via 1st round KO
Since the last two fights resulted in KO’s Fuel viewers are now treated to a James Head vs. Papi Abedi replay, and what I’m sure to be a shit load more Rashad vs. Bones promos. The Head/Abedi fight was a good one, but we have already exposed that outcome, so on to the main event.
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Thiago Silva
night day here for both men, as Gustafsson trys his hand at a step up in competition, and Silva looks to rebound from a hot piss test and over a year off from fighting. Any final predictions Potato Nation? As is par for the course we get a traditional Buffer 180 in the announcements, and it’s time to fight.
Both men come out swinging before deciding to step back and find thier range. The Swede lands a left that drops Silva, but they quickly go back to the feet. More big shots from Gustaffson and Silva is cut. Sweden really getting behind their hometown boy here, but he is getting the better of the standup. Gustaffson looking sharp in the standup, as he throws both punches and kicks aplenty. Silva doing some damage with leg kicks. Silva still smiling and taunting Gustaffson. Both men happy to end the round standing and trading.
The round starts with Gustaffson getting a trip, but Silva gets right back up. Announcers making alot of Gustafsson to Jon Jones comparisons, for some reason. Gustaffson still getting the better of the standup with his long reach. Silva lands a nice right hook that puts Gustafsson on his heels, but not for long. Both men connecting sporadically. Gustafsson hits a spinning back kick to the midsection, rather impressive. A couple more shots by each men takes us to the 3rd.
Gustaffson looking very loose on his feet. Gustafsson landing well with the uppercut, Silva not doing so bad with the over-hand right. Gustafsson looking to throw knees now. Silva still keeping it interesting though. Silva attacking with leg kicks. Silva starting to look rather winded at this point, but pressing on. Gustafsson still landing shots almost at will. Silva stalking in the final seconds, but can’t land much of anything, and thats the fight. Hmm. so no 5 round main event, again, but if we are all good Dana Claus might give it to us by December. In no ones surprise Gustafsson takes the nod.
Alexander Gustafsson defeats Thiago Silva via unanimous decision
Well Potato Nation, I’d say it was another great
night day of action.Its been fun, that being said I’m far too sober after having watched live fights, and that needs to be remedied, So until next time, stay classy Potato Nation.