The main card of the UFC on FUEL TV 2: "Gustafsson vs. Silva" event taking place today (Sat., April 14, 2012) in Stockholm, Sweden, featured a bantamweight battle between two brawlers looking to rebound from tough losses.
Damacio Page had competed just twice in two years headed into today's event, losing both contests by submission. His opponent, Brad Pickett, came in trying to erase his crushing tapout loss to Renan Barao late last year.
Did he ever.
Page came out fast and loose with his punches, swinging wild trying to hit a home run on the first pitch. But it was Pickett who stayed patient and eventually overwhelmed his opponent with precision striking and follow up ground and pound that paved the way for a rear-naked choke submission win in the second round.
Welcome back to the winners circle, Mr. Pickett.
It didn't take long at all for these two to meet in the center of the cage and start throwing blows with seriously bad intentions. Pickett was stronger pushing forward, as he fell down into a takedown.
They got back up, though, and went right back to banging it out. We're talking legitimate slugfest here.
Page continued to set a pace Pickett looked annoyed by, pushing in with punches and even scoring a takedown of his own as a receipt for the takedown his foe landed not long before. That was negated, however, when Pickett went beast mode and slammed Page down for yet another successful takedown.
The remainder of the round was fought on the floor with Pickett on top and Page fending off ground and pound.
The second round saw Pickett open up with a left hand and land that "One Punch" to put Page on his ass, seeing stars. The follow up punches were vicious but didn't land clean enough to finish the fight.
At least not at first.
Pickett continued the assault and while Page fought valiantly to survive, it was only a matter of time before the damage opened his neck up to be squeezed tight enough to force a tap.