Another weekend, another installment of UFC action – this one coming from Stockholm, Sweden and airing on the main FOX channel itself. The main event: a top light-heavyweight contender scuffle between Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, with the winner presumably earning a crack at champ Jon Jones somewhere down the line. Scrappy stalwarts Dan Henderson and Gegard Mousasi are featured in the co-main event, and elsewhere on the main card Ryan Bader and Phil Davis are probably going to compare wrestling moves.
So sit back and relax on this Saturday night, because here’s your live results and play by play.
Prelim results – FOX Sports 1
- Neil Seery def. Chris Beal via Unanimous Decision
- Viktor Pesta def. Konstantin Erokhin via Unanimous Decision
- Mirsad Bektic def. Paul Redmond via Unanimous Decision
- Mairbek Taisumov def. Anthony Christodoulou via KO (Punches) at :38, R2
- Nikita Krylov def. Stanislav Nedkov via Submission (Guillotine) at 1:24, R1
- Makwan Amirkhani def. Andy Ogle via TKO (Strikes) at :08, R1
- Kenny Robertson def. Sultan Aliev via TKO (Punches) at 2:42, R1
- Albert Tumenov def. Nico Musoke via Unanimous Decision
Main card results – FOX
-Akira Corassani vs. Sam Sicilia
Round 1: It takes about 40 seconds for Sicilia to cut the cage off enough to keep Corassani from dancing out of punching range, and when he does the two swing wild and hard. Neither man lands anything major though, but the pattern is set: dance, wade in, and fire, dance, wade in, fire. Since Corassani’s boxing defense is piss-poor, this works to Sicilia’s favor, and in no time he sneaks in a right hand as Corassani is backing away and puts his opponent out.
Result: Sam Sicilia def. Akira Corassani via KO (Punch) at 3:26, R1
-Ryan Bader vs. Phil Davis
Round 1: Just as two well-credentialed wrestlers are wont to do when they meet in the cage, Bader and Davis devote the vast majority of their time trying to strike – Bader looking to land a heavy right, Davis looking to jab and kick open a whole in his foe’s defenses. That’s the story of Round 1, with only occasional flashes of clinch work to break up the monotony.
Round 2: Davis goes hard with a takedown attempt about a minute into the second round, but after a brief sequence against the cage Bader breaks the clinch with an elbow to his temple. That doesn’t discourage Davis from going for the tie-up again and again however, and he finds success at getting Bader down when Bader flubs throw. Time runs out in the round with Davis pressing him up against the fence.
Round 3: No matter how much his boxing has progressed over the years, Davis still gets a bit gun-shy when bullets are flying, as evidenced by how much he overreacts whenever Bader throws leather. This translates into a lot of desperate takedown attempts that are stuffed, and a huffing and puffing Bader able to ward off much of Davis’ attacks by swinging at the air. Davis does score with kicks though, with a bunch of them nearly buckling the TUF winner’s leg. The bout ends with Bader dumping Davis to the canvas and the two scrambling.
Result: Ryan Bader def. Phil Davis via Split Decision
-Dan Henderson vs. Gegard Mousasi
Round 1: Taller, rangier and possessing kickboxing for days, Mousasi of course wants to keep Henderson at distance, where he can use precision strikes to separate “Hendo” from his consciousness. Henderson wants the exact opposite – to get in close and land a bomb -but he gets dropped with a right while coming in, and the dazed look on his face is enough for referee Leon Roberts to step in. It is, unfortunately, a questionable stoppage, as it seemed like Henderson was only momentarily stunned. Oh well.
Result: Gegard Mousasi def. Dan Henderson via TKO (Strikes) at 1:10, R1
-Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Johnson
Round 1: Gustafsson and Johnson spend about half a second feeling each other out, then go to work. For the Swede, that means chipping away with kicks at distance, jabs at angles, and tons of movement; for “Rumble”, that means concrete hands and high-kicks that herd his opponent into the kill zone. After a brief pause for an accidental eyepoke, Johnson goes into “kill mode” and rocks Gustafsson with a right. Gustafsson stumbles, seems to recover enough to fire back, and eats more kicks and punches. When he falls to all fours, Johnson stays on him, and pounds him relentlessly until the ref steps in.
Result: Anthony Johnson def. Alexander Gustafsson via TKO (Punches) at 2:15, R1