Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to action last night (Sat., March 18, 2017) for UFC Fight Night 107: “Manuwa vs. Anderson,” which took place inside The O2 in London, England, airing live on UFC Fight Pass.
The promotion's latest mixed martial arts (MMA) card was headlined by a Light Heavyweight showdown that saw Jimi Manuwa absolutely obliterate Corey Anderson with a one-hitter quitter in the very first round (see it again here). In the co-main event, Gunnar Nelson proved to the world why he is one of the best submission specialists in the world, tying up Alan Jouban in an air-tight guillotine choke to earn the second round victory (full video highlights here).
Biggest winner: Jimi Manuwa
“Posterboy” claimed he has the knockout power to layout former 205-pound champion Jon Jones. While that remains to be seen — seeing as how “Bones” has yet to suffer a real defeat inside the Octagon and hasn’t come close to getting put to sleep — Manuwa’s knockout power was in full effect last night in London, flattening Anderson with a clean left hook that put his foe out for the count. With two straight devastating knockouts in his back pocket, Manuwa is starting to remind the MMA world just why there was a lot of excitement when he initially signed with the promotion back in 2012. A few more big wins like this and we could be seeing Jimi making some championship fight noise soon.
Runner (s) Up: Arnold Allen and Gunnar Nelson
Be honest, Allen was exactly on everyone’s radar, but after defeating Makwan Amirkhani, who was starting to develop quite a following, the 23 year-old combatant will start getting a few more follows and eyes for his next bout. “Almighty” has quietly won his first three contests inside the Octagon. And with a win over a decent name, Allen can set himself up for bigger and better challenges moving forward.
Gunnar Nelson is something special once the fight hits the ground. The jiu-jitsu ace once again showed off his world renowned submission skills by forcing Alan Jouban to tap to his guillotine choke. The win gives Nelson his second straight, and hopefully sets him up for a higher-ranked opponent next. Nelson has the qualities to be a title contender down the road, but it seems he can never string together enough big wins before suffering a defeat. Maybe this big win will be a big motivator moving forward.
Biggest Loser: Brad Pickett
What was supposed to be “One Punch’s” successful swan song was everything but, as Pickett was knocked out my Marlon Vera in the third and final round of their bout via a head kick and punches. Pickett was hoping to leave the fight game with a win and some “dignity,” instead, he leaves with a three-fight losing streak. Still, “One Punch” has always been a fan favorite, and hopefully fans will remember him as the slugger who was never afraid to put it on the line, throw caution to the wind and go toe-to-toe for our viewing pleasure.
For complete UFC Fight Night 107 results and coverage click here.