Before the UFC on Fuel TV 5: "Struve vs. Miocic" main card kicked off on cable TV today (Sat., Sept. 29, 2012) from the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England, an entire five-bout preliminary card was broadcast on Facebook.
The final fight of the preliminary card featured one of the UK's top prospects in Jimi Manuwa against seven fight UFC veteran Kyle Kingsbury. This was a battle of Kingsbury's offensive wrestling and chin versus Manuwa's freakishly scary knockout power.
After getting up from an early takedown, Manuwa just plastered Kingsbury with heavy blows. He knocked "Kingsbu" down with a vicious right hand and he landed everything from punches to knees to head kicks. Somehow Kingsbury hung in there and survived to the end of the round.
By round two, Manuwa was tired, but he still managed to land some significant blows including a series of knees that created some serious sweeling on Kingsbury's left eye. Kingsbury hung in there and actually took Manuwa down a few times, finishing the round on top in side control and gaining some serious momentum.
Unfortunately for "Kingsbu," that momentum was halted by the cageside physician as his eye completely swelled shut and it was unsafe for him to continue. Manuwa was declared the victor via doctor stoppage.
In a pretty fun featherweight scrap, Ultimate Fighter veterans Akira Corassani and Andy Ogle made their official UFC debuts in front of a lively crowd. Ogle got off to a terrific start, hurting Corassani with his striking but Corassani fired right back once he returned to his feet, utilizing his right hand excellently.
Ogle got back to his grappling roots in the end of the second round with a guillotine choke attempt but it was the third round where his ground game really took over, holding Corassani down and beating on him with elbows for an etended period of time.
Despite Ogle seemingly winning the fight on most of the fans and media's scorecards, Corassani won a split decision which drew the ire of the native fans.
In middleweight action, prospect Brad Tavares welcomed BAMMA 185 pound champion Tom Watson to the UFC and he didn't let him have it easy. Tavares looked very sharp on the feet for all three rounds, mixing up his punching and kicking attack with some occasional knees.
Watson was forced to be the reactive fighter as Tavares kept him guessing by shooting in for takedowns as well, putting the Brit on his back on multiple occasions and nearly finishing him with a rear naked choke in the second round.
While the judges didn't agree, they got the correct winner at least as Tavares was awarded a split decision despite how heavily the crowd was cheering for Watson.
Icelandic welterweight grappling phenom Gunnar Nelson made his UFC debut against short notice injury replacement DaMarques Johnson, who missed weight badly yesterday. Nelson showcased his fantastic ground skills, scoring a takedown and methodically passing Johnson's guard.
Eventually, he gained full mount and after some punches on the canvas, he took Johnson's back and forced "Darkness" to tap out or go to sleep. Johnson chose to tap and that was all she wrote. Nelson, while undersized, looks like he has a fantastic future in the UFC.
In the opening bout of the night, featherweights Robbie Peralta and Jason Young didn't waste any time. Peralta stepped inside and flattened Young with a huge right hand and put him away with some ground strikes to finish the fight in just 23 seconds. It was hands down Peralta's best performance in the Octagon.
The official preliminary card results are posted below:
Jimi Manuwa def. Kyle Kingsbury
Akira Corassani def. Andy Ogle via split decision
Brad Tavares def. Tom Watson via split decision
Gunnar Nelson def. DaMarques Johnson via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:34 of round two
Robbie Peralta def. Jason Young via knockout at 0:23 of round one
That's it for the "Prelims" portion of the UFC on FUEL TV 5 fight card.
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