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)
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