COMMENTARY | Renan Barão, Jimi Manuwa and Tom Watson were the only ones who stopped their opponents at "UFC on Fuel TV 7," but it was still an entertaining event.
Here are the results of the UFC on Fuel TV 7 fight card held on Feb. 16, at the Wembley Arena in London, England:
Renan Barão def. Michael McDonald
Barão took McDonald down early in their bantamweight interim title clash, but "Mayday" fought his way back to his feet. He hurt Barão with a series of hard shots from the clinch, but the Brazilian kept his composure. Renan stayed glued to Michael, landing some hard shots against the cage.
Both men had their moments during the second round of their UFC on Fuel TV 7 fight, with Barão landing the cleaner punches while McDonald landed the harder shots. Renan also scored a takedown, but McDonald quickly got back on his feet.
Barão took over the bout during the third round, and he finished McDonald off in the fourth round when he got the fight to the ground, forcing the tap with an arm-triangle at the 3:57 mark.
Cub Swanson def. Dustin Poirier
Swanson went right after Poirier at UFC on Fuel TV 7, dominating the striking exchanges, stuffing a few takedowns during the first round. When Poirier eventually put him on his back towards the end of the round, Swanson used a headlock to get right back to his feet.
Swanson did more of the same during the second round, frustrating Dustin with his takedown defense.
Poirier tried to turn things around during the final round, getting some work done against the cage. However, Swanson wasn't having any of it. He put Dustin on the ground and dominated the remainder of their encounter with his grappling.
The judges scored the fight 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 in favor of Swanson.
Jimi Manuwa def. Cyrille Diabaté
Manuwa took Diabaté down during the opening minute of their UFC on Fuel TV 7 encounter, softening him up with some ground-n-pound. Cyrille fought his way back to his feet, but Manuwa continued to dominate the action, landing the cleaner, harder punchers. Jimi sealed off the round with another takedown.
Diabaté wasn't able to continue fighting at the start of the second round, giving Manuwa the TKO victory.
Manuwa (13-0-0, 12 KOs, 1 submission) is definitely a force to be reckoned with in the UFC light-heavyweight division, and I wouldn't be surprised if he earns a shot at the 205 pound strap within a year.
Gunnar Nelson def. Jorge Santiago
Santiago looked good early on at UFC on Fuel TV 7, getting the better of the striking exchanges. Jorge stuffed a few takedowns, and he got right back up to his feet when Nelson finally secured a takedown.
Nelson put Jorge on his back early in the second round, subsequently transitioning to mount. He kept Santiago there for a majority of the round, scoring points with a constant salvo of hard shots from top.
Nelson finally asserted himself as the better striker in the final round, landing some hard low kicks and uppercuts. However, Santiago was game until the end throwing makers, which narrowly missed Nelson, until the final bell.
The judges scored the bout, 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 all in favor of Nelson who continues to rise up the UFC's welterweight rankings.
James Te Huna def. Ryan Jimmo
Jimmo landed a nice head kick early in their UFC on Fuel TV 7 encounter, following up with some vicious ground-n-pound. He opened up a nasty cut on Te Huna shortly after, and he came close to finishing the fight with his ferocious assault on the ground.
Te Huna turned things around during the second round. He kept Jimmo on his back for a majority of the round, punishing Ryan with some ground-n-pound of his own. Te Huna continued to dominate during the third round, landing some decent shots before putting Jimmo on his back once again.
I personally thought the first round was a 10-8 round for Jimmo (which made my final scorecard 28-28), but the Octagon-side judges disagreed, scoring the bout 29-28, 29-27 and 29-28 in favor of Te Huna.
Matt Riddle def. Che Mills
Riddle came out with an intelligent gameplan at UFC on Fuel TV 7, aggressively going for takedowns. Mills was able to get back to his feet after the first couple of takedowns, but Riddle was eventually able to keep "Beautiful" on the ground.
Riddle was even more dominant during the second round, securing a takedown early on, keeping Che on his back for the remainder of the round.
Mills fought better during the third round, stuffing several of Riddle's takedowns. Matthew eventually put Mills on his back, but the Brit managed to reverse the position and ended up on top. Che tried to steal the fight with some vicious shots for top, but Riddle survived the barrage.
The judges scored the fight 29-28 Riddle, 29-28 Mills (absurd scorecard), and 30-27 in favor of Riddle.
Solid win for Riddle who proves he can stick to a game plan when necessary and not get baited into a brawl.
Renee Forte def. Terry Etim (unanimous decision)
Danny Castillo def. Paul Sass (unanimous decision)
Andy Ogle def. Josh Grispi (unanimous decision)
Tom Watson def. Stanislav Nedkov (TKO, round two)
Vaughan Lee def. Motonobu Tezuka (unanimous decision)
Phil Harris def. Ulysses Gomez (unanimous decision)
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