UFC on FUEL: 2 takes place this afternoon at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. The event airs live on FUEL TV at 3pm ET/2pm CT. The prelims will precede the FUEL TV broadcast at 12:30 ET on the UFC’s Facebook Page.
In the main event, Sweden’s own Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson takes on the returning Thiago Silva in a key light heavyweight bout.
In the co-main event, U.S. Marine Brian Stann takes on Italian boxer Alessio Sakara to determine who climbs up the ladder in the middleweight division.
Siyar Bahadurzada makes his UFC debut to much fanfare as he takes on the always dangerous Paulo Thiago.
Featherweight Diego Nunes welcomes Dennis Siver to the division in a battle where kicks can certainly be expected.
‘Ultimate Fighter’ alumni DaMarques Johnson takes on highly touted John Maguire in an exciting fight.
And the main card opens with Damacio Page vs. Brad Pickett, in a bout that pits two exciting fighters that always leave it in the cage.
Results and recap after the jump.
- Alexander Gustafsson def. Thiago Silva via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Brian Stann def. Alessio Sakara via Knockout (Elbows) at 2:26 of Round 1
- Siyar Bahadurzada def. Paulo Thiago via Knockout (Punches) at 0:42 of Round 1
- Dennis Siver def. Diego Nunes via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- John Maguire def. DaMarques Johnson via Submission (Armbar) at 4:40 of Round 2
- Brad Pickett def. Damacio Page via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:05 of Round 2
- James Head def. Papy Abedi via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:33 of Round 1
- Cyrille Diabate def. Tom DeBlass via Majority Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
- Francis Carmont def. Magnus Cedenblad via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:42 of Round 2
- Reza Madadi def. Yoislandy Izquierdo via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:28 of Round 2
- Simeon Thoresen def. Besam Yousef via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:36 of Round 2
- Jason Young def. Eric Wisely via Unanimous Decision (30-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Thiago Silva: The crowd went crazy for “The Mauler”. Gustafsson looked to be on top early, as the story of the first round was his range, his patience, and the fact that he dropped Silva. Silva recovered, but he was unable to do much outside of a few leg kicks, as he was blasted with body strikes. The second began with Gustafsson simply throwing Silva to the mat, in a Jon Jones-esque fashion. On the feet, the distance of Gustafsson gave Silva nothing but problems, although Silva was able to land a few solid right hands midway through the round. In the third round, Gustafsson really let loose with knees and jabs, and out-struck Silva by nearly double the strikes. From start to finish, the uppercuts and range of Gustafsson were just too much for Silva to handle. The scorecards were pretty clear cut, as judges gave Alexander Gustafsson the unanimous decision victory with scores of 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.
Alessio Sakara vs. Brian Stann: Stann and Sakara wasted no time as they went toe to toe right away. After a couple solid knees, Sakara went down, and Stann followed him down. Stann worked some serious ground and pound for about a minute, but stopped before punching himself out. While still working on the mat, Stann waited for his opening, and rained down heavy elbows which put Sakara out cold at 2:26 of the first round.
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Paulo Thiago: Siyar is called the killer for good reason. During the first exchange, Thiago ran forward, directly into two punches by a backpeddling Siyar, one behind the ear, and one straight on the jaw that put Thiago out cold in 42 seconds.
Diego Nunes vs. Dennis Siver: In a very exciting technical striking match, Dennis Siver and Diego Nunes made the crowd dizzy. With a vast array of kicks throw by both men, it became apparent that perhaps Siver’s weight cut was not as bad as was originally thought. The two men exchanged a beautiful variety of strikes throughout the first, in what was basically a textbook 10-10 round. As the second round wore on, it appeared that Nunes was slowly pulling away, though Siver would not go down without a fight. In the third, Nunes briefly rocked Siver, and cut him open with some solid punches, but Siver went forward with body shots. The two men went at it in what was basically a 15 minute war. After the horn sounded, the judges had the unenviable job of scoring the fight, and ultimately awarded Dennis Siver the bout with scores of 29-28 across the board.
DaMarques Johnson vs. John Maguire: What a battle this was. The two seasoned grapplers did just that. The first round was spent almost entirely on the ground, with Maguire maintaining top position for most part, but Johnson had his fair share of offense as well. Attempting kimuras, triangles, and even an omaplata. In the second round, DaMarques took control, swept his gypsy opponent, and worked for some serious submisson attempts again. As the two got back to the feet, DaMarques landed inside kicks over and over on a visibly grimacing Maguire. Maguire scored another takedown, and nearly found himself in a kimura, but he reversed his opponent’s submission attempt, and transitioned into an armbar reminiscent of Matt Hughes vs. GSP. ‘Darkness’ had no choice but to tap at 4:40 of Round 2.
Damacio Page vs. Brad Pickett: In the opening fight of the main card, Brad Pickett and Damacio Page set a pretty vicious pace for the rest of the fighters to keep up with, The first round was relatively competitive, with Pickett getting the better of the striking throughout. In the second round, it was all Pickett. Pickett dropped Page with a solid right hand early, followed his opponent to the ground and laid down some serious ground and pound. As the fighters got back to their feet, Pickett again laid a beating on Page, who shot for a takedown, had it stuffed, gave up his back, and found himself on the wrong end of a rear naked choke. The tap came at 4:05 of the second round.
Papy Abedi vs. James Head: James Head is one tough dude. After getting taken down and pounded on Papy Abedi early, Papy continued to hurt head on the feet with some well placed counter lefts. However, the tide would turn as Head started to open up on Abedi, blasting him with stiff hooks and elbows. A visibly hurt Abedi found himself in the ground, back taken, and tapping to a rear naked choke at 4:33 of the first round.
Tom DeBlass vs. Cyrille Diabate: The first round was all Tom DeBlass. The Ricardo Almeida BJJ black belt took the French striker down and tried for submission attempts, although Diabate did a great job of defending. As the round wore on, DeBlass dominated even further. In the second, a visibly gassed DeBlass found himself being taken down by Diabate, and spent much of the round being blasted with elbows and punches. As the third round opened, it was arguably even. Diabate took full control, defending lazy leg locks and the exhausted grappling of DeBlass. A combination of taking the bout on short notice, extensive travel, and the rib roasting body shots by Diabate wore the American down. As the bout ended, Diabate remained on top, landing what ground and pound he could, taking the round. After 15 minutes, the judges gave the bout to Cyrille Diabate with scores of 29-28. 29-28, and 28-28.
Francis Carmont vs. Magnus Cedenblad: The first round of this fight was unbelievable. GSP’s training partner Carmont took control early, taking his opponent to the mat, but the Swede scored a takedown of his own shortly after and punished Carmont badly, threatening with chokes and strikes. As the round came to a close, it was once again Carmont who took control, in what was a hotly contested opening frame. In the second, Carmont took Cedenblad down just as quickly as the round started. From the mount, Carmont rained down some vicious ground and pound, took the back, worked for a rear naked choke, and when unable to finish, he went back to the ground and pound. With a gassed Cedenblad offering almost nothing in terms of defense, Carmont once again tried for a rear naked choke, and this time, it was all gravy, as it were. Cedenblad was forced to tap at 1:42 of round two.
Yoislandy Izquierdo vs. Reza Madadi: What a difference a round makes. In a classic striker vs. grappler match, hometown boy Reza Madadi looked to take Florida’s Yoislandy Izquierdo down, but in the first, it was the Cuban who dominated on the feet, hurting Madadi on several occasions. In the second though, Madadi did what he had to do, took his opponent down, and tried his hardest for a North/South choke. Unable to complete it, he transitioned to the guillotine, and Izquierdo was forced to tap at 1:28 of the second frame.
Simeon Thoresen vs. Besam Yousef: In a wild scrap, Thoresen and Yousef left it all in the cage. The first round was a slugfest, which featured a vast array of body strikes from both men. Thoresen took his opponent down and blasted Yousef with dozens of strikes, before a questionable stand up led them back to the aforementioned slugfest. In the second, the two men went toe to toe again, with Yousef largely being the aggressor. After a few failed takedown attempts, Thoresen clipped Yousef, pulled for a modified guillotine, which, although he was unable to complete, helped him get into mount. From there he worked heavy ground and pound and was able to lock in a rear naked choke and force the tap at 2:36 of the second frame.
Jason Young vs. Eric Wisely: It began as a competitive affair, but the difference in striking abilities became apparent very clear. Young beat Wisely to the punch quite often, countered very well, and surprisingly, scored a few takedowns in the first frame. In the second, the timing and range of Young was on full display, as he continued to dominate wisely both on the feet and on the ground. In the final frame, Wisely came out with a bit of a sense of urgency. Unfortunately for him, it appeared Young just had his number, as he outstruck and took down the American time and time again. The judges had the easy job of rendering the decision, and of course, they scored it 30-28, 29-28, and 29-28, giving the nod to the Brit.