The UFC showcase on FOX returns tonight for its 14th installment, featuring a huge light heavyweight title eliminator on deck. Alexander Gustafsson will be looking to book his rematch against Jon Jones, as he dukes it out against rising contender Anthony Johnson in the five-round main event inside Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. The winner of this bout will most likely square off against the champion later this year.
In the co-main event, Dan Henderson will try to prove he’s not way over the hill like most of us think he is, as he faces Gegard Mousasi. Both combatants are coming off submission losses, looking to storm back into the win column. Also on the card, Phil Davis battles Ryan Bader, and kicking off the FOX action will be Akira Corassani vs. Sam Sicilia.
Our man Alex Giardini will be providing round-by-round UFC on FOX 14 results from the FOX main card, after the jump beginning at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest, and hit us up on twitter to share your own thoughts.
UFC on FOX 14 Preliminary Card Results:
Albert Tumenov def. Nico Musoke via unanimous decision (29-28×3)
Kenny Robertson def. Sultan Aliev via TKO (strikes) at 2:42 of R1
Makwan Amirkhani def. Andy Ogle via TKO (strikes) at 0:08 of R1
Nikita Krylov def. Stanislav Nedkov via submission (guillotine) at 1:24 of R1
Mairbek Taisumov def. Anthony Christodoulou via knockout (strikes) at 0:38 of R2
Mirsad Bektic def. Paul Redmond via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 30-25)
Viktor Pesta def. Konstantin Erokhin via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Neil Seery def. Chris Beal via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Alright, Nation … it’s been a rough week, so let’s try to have some fun tonight. After all, the majority of us aren’t in an arena watching MMA at 2 a.m. right now (much love to our readers from Sweden, as always).
Akira Corassani vs. Sam Sicilia
Round 1: No glove touch, and we’re off. Akira looking faster than usual, bouncy and light on his feet. Both guys trying to feel each other out, and it’s Sicilia that lands a nice hook. They jostle against the fence after both land hard shots in a flurry. Good leg kicks from Akira, and he gets nailed with a left hook shortly after throwing wildly. Akira catches a leg kick, and puts the hands on Sicilia. Akira comes in with an uppercut, but Sicilia stays out of the way. Akira looking agile, working on the outside, but not really troubling his opponent, either. Sicilia throws a counter, and both guys land on the chin. Akira comes in, they exchange and then he gets flattened by a humongous right hand. Akira hits the mat hard, out like a light. Very much like an H-Bomb…sign of things to come?
Sam Sicilia def. Akira Corassani via knockout (strikes) at 3:26 of R1
Phil Davis vs. Ryan Bader
Round 1: They touch gloves, both out orthodox. Bader pressuring Davis early, while Davis stays low and threatens with jabs. Bader rushes through, and lands one straight after throwing a number of punches. Bader clips Davis with a short, right hook, and pegs him back with a jab. Davis pushes for a takedown, and Bader defends. Kick to the body from Bader blocked, but he’s doing better than his foe on his feet. With that said, Davis lands a big overhead right. Davis goes to the body, while Bader misses an uppercut. Davis doesn’t allow himself to get too close to the fence, yet he’s allowing Bader to maneuver and settle in. The crowd rallying both fighters, as the action is a little slow. Davis tries to lock up Bader for a tussle, but the latter shakes him off. Davis with a kick to the body, and Bader just misses with a huge right hand. Davis now backing up Bader, with his lands low and looking to get on the inside without taking risks. Davis changes levels, but nothing big to end the round.
Round 2: Bader a little quicker to get to the center, and Davis’ movement is a little quicker, too. Davis is cutting the angles well. Davis goes for the takedown, but Bader defends and switches to a dominant position against the fence. Bader shrugs off Davis’ attempts, but Davis is relentless with the attempts. Davis locks him up, but then, Bader reverses and looks for a single leg. Davis has Bader’s back and in a weird position, Davis takes him down and he’s trying to take his back. Bader stands up, and he’s going for the single leg again. Davis has him up against the fence, attacking with weak knees to the body. Davis with a bit of stall, but Bader’s trying to fight out of the position.
Round 3: Davis back peddling, and Bader needs to really bring the fight to him now. He’s doing well, but Davis looks way to comfortable on the outside to risk anything. Jabs from Bader, and Davis is responding with low kicks. Bader trying to look for the parting shot, while Davis stays low and picks his shots without real conviction. Big right hand lands for Davis. Takedown attempt by Davis defended by Bader, and now the latter has him in a head lock. No submission attack, but Bader hits him with a knee on the way up. Another takedown stuffed from Bader. He may not be fazed when it comes to the wrestling attacks, but Bader looks too tired and confused to go for something big. Davis following Bader’s side-to-side shuffles, since there’s no urgency to counter. Davis with another solid right hand, followed by a big leg kick. Davis hurts Bader with a right hand, despite the latter staying on his feet and continuing to press forward. Bader getting a little more gritty with seconds left, and Davis rushes forward for the takedown. Bader reverses, and then scores a belly-to-back suplex. Davis’ right eye is almost swollen shut, but he should get the nod.
Ryan Bader def. Phil Davis by split decision (29-28×2, 28-29)
Meh, it’s fair, I guess. Neither guy really convinced anyone they were thirsty for blood. Moving on, these next two fights should be the business. Let’s hope it doesn’t take 20 minutes for the next bout.
Gegard Mousasi vs. Dan Henderson
Round 1: Mousasi working with jabs, and goes to hack at the legs. Pressuring with jabs, Mousasi is backing up the legend, and making him circle. Hendo is in familiar stance, and misses a big right hand. Mousasi clips Heno with a short right hook, and Hendo drops while stepping backwards. Mousasi follows up, and the ref stops it. Hendo protests, and while he was taking damage, like we know he can, it’s a bit of a controversial stoppage.
Gegard Mousasi def. Dan Henderson via TKO (strikes) at 1:10 of R1
That one sort of sucked the life out of the arena, and us at home. It’s not like Hendo can take a shot like he used to, though. Let’s get on with the main event. This one should be pretty freaking entertaining.
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Johnson
Round 1: Gusty attacks right off the bat with some kicks and a few jab attempts. Johnson is cutting down Gusty’s angles, and moving him back. They swing wildly, both landing in an exchange. AJ misses with a head kick, and Gusty lands a few jabs. An eyepoke to AJ stops the action for a bit. Gusty goes for a kick, and AJ drops him with a club. Gusty is back up, but he’s eating more right hands. AJ with a head kick, and he starts to pour on the pressure. Gusty tumbles on, and AJ is on his back, lacing him with uppercuts. Marc Goddard being kind, and Gusty is taking some clean shots on the ground. The ref steps in, and that’s that. Stockholm is silent, and the brass must be fuming. Rumble is for-fucking-real, holy crap.
Man, Gusty is crying on his cornerman’s shoulder. Christ almighty. Hard to watch. He also may or may not have shoved the camera out of his face. We got cut off for a second.
Anthony Johnson def. Alexander Gustafsson via TKO (strikes) at 2:15 of R1
That’s it for me, Nation. Stay strong, stay positive. We wake up tomorrow, and it’s a new day. It’s the best we can do. Much love, peace.