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ufc fight night 53

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 53: Nelson vs. Story.

The event takes place from the Ericcson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, and airs entirely on UFC Fight Pass.

In early prelim action:

Zubaira Tukhugov def. Ernest Chavez via TKO (strikes) at 4:21 of Round 1

Mairbek Taisumov def. Marcin Bandel via TKO (strikes) at 1:01 of Round 1

Krzystof Jotko def. Tor Troeng via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)

Cathal Pendred def. Gasan Umalatov via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Dennis Siver def. Charles Rosa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Nico Musoke def. Alexander Yakovlev via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Magnus Cedenblad def. Scott Askham via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

MAIN CARD

Niklas Backstrom vs. Mike Wilkinson

We begin the main card with a pair of featherweights, as Niklas Backstrom (8-0) looks to give the Swedish fans something to cheer about against Mike Wilkinson (8-1).

Round 1: Wilkinson tries for a quick takedown, attempting to negate the reach advantage of Backstrom, but is easily denied. Backstrom catches the clinch and lands a nasty knee, but Wilkinson comes back with a straight jab and this one is all over. Backstrom goes out and Wilkinson follows up with a few shots, but this one was already over. A stunning knockout for the England fighter. He ate a stiff kick and landed a right that floored the previously-unbeaten Backstrom.

Mike Wilkinson def. Niklas Backstrom via KO (strike) at 1:19 of Round 1

Conor McGregor

The incredibly talented Tracy Lee of Combat Lifestyle was on-hand in Las Vegas this past weekend for UFC 178.

And, thanks to her access, Lee caught the aftermath of Conor McGregor’s win over Dustin Poirier.

The five-minute vido below includes fans going wild in the lobby with Irish flags everywhere. McGregor shows up later during an after-party, still rocking his “ivory” suit.

ufc 178

Head on over to FightLine for complete coverage of UFC 178.

We’ll have full play-by-play, quick results and immediate post-fight analysis of all the action that goes down inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The main event features Demetrious Johnson defending his UFC flyweight title against Chris Cariaso, with lightweights Donald Cerrone and Eddie Alvarez serving as the co-main event. Other pay-per-view bouts include Conor McGregor-Dustin Poirier, Tim Kennedy-Yoel Romero and Cat Zingano-Amanda Nunes.

FightLine will have all your UFC 178 results and information beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

wanderlei silva

UFC president Dana White addressed the indefinite suspension handed down by the Nevada Athletic Commission to Wanderlei Silva on Tuesday. Silva, who announced his own self-imposed retirement days before the ban, was also fined $70,000.

“I think he was trying to put up a smoke screen. Look over here because he does it a few days before he’s about to go in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission,” White told UFC.com. “The guy ran from a drug test. I’ve been saying it for a long time that he was going to get something serious.”

Silva stated on Twitter that he planned to fight the suspension, which effectively ends his career in the UFC. Despite leaving the promotion due to the decision to not take a drug test and the subsequent ban, White isn’t going to attack “The Axe Murderer.”

“I’ve never said a bad thing about Wanderlei Silva in my life,” he said. “I’ve always respected the guy and there is no way that guy can ever say that myself or Lorenzo Fertitta ever disrespected him. There’s nothing more that needs to be said.”

Silva, who turned 38 years old earlier this year, last fought in March 2013 when he knocked out Brian Stann. His overall MMA record sits at 35-12-1, including highlight wins over Cung Le, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Kazushi Sakuraba and Dan Henderson.

Matt Brown

Hector Lombard sees Matt Brown as the perfect stepping stone to achieving his ultimate wish: a shot at the UFC middleweight championship.

As Brown continues to heal and recover following a loss to Robbie Lawler earlier this year, Lombard is taking to Twitter to call him out:

Lombard (34-4-1) has strung together a pair of wins over Jake Shields and Nate Marquardt. Since signing with the UFC in 2012, he has gone 3-2, with both losses coming via split decision.

Officials previously tried to pair Lombard and Tyron Woodley for Australia later this year, but Woodley declined the fight.

Brown (19-12) had his impressive seven-fight win streak snapped with the loss to Lawler via decision in July.

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