Papy Abedi vs. James Head
James Head said prior to his first fight at welterweight that Octagon jitters got the best of him in his UFC debut, but for his second trip to the UFC, he was ready to fight.
He proved that with a dominating performance over Papy Abedi on Saturday in Sweden.
Looking like a huge welterweight, Head was ultra impressive on the feet at first simply decimating Abedi with big punches and a couple nasty elbows. As the fight fell to the ground, Head sunk in his hooks and it didn’t take him long to slip his forearm under Abedi’s chin and finish the fight with a rear naked choke.
“The last thing that my niece told me before I left the states is when you mess with the bull, you get the horns, and that’s what we did tonight,” said Head after his first UFC victory.
Cyrille Diabate vs. Tom DeBlass
Taking a fight on short notice is always a risk, and it backfired on previously undefeated fighter Tom DeBlass as he dropped a majority decision to Frenchman Cyrille Diabate at UFC on Fuel 2.
DeBlass came out strong in the first round as he showed off his pedigree on the ground, training under famed coach and fighter Ricardo Almeida. DeBlass got Diabate down, but couldn’t quite get the right position to grab for a submission.
The 2nd and 3rd rounds were where Diabate took over as DeBlass’ gas tank started to deplete. Diabate showed strong ground and pound, busting up DeBlass’ nose, and keeping the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt from doing much of anything except look for the oxygen tank when the fight was over.
Diabate picked up the win by majority decision, while DeBlass will come back for his next fight in the UFC, hopefully with a full training camp to prepare this time.
Francis Carmont vs. Magnus Cedenblad
Moving to 2-0 in the UFC, Francis Carmont had a few scares in the first round, but came out like a fireball in the second session to put Magnus Cedenblad away.
An extremely exciting first round with back and forth action, both Carmont and Cedenblad scrambled and fought for position for each and every second of the entire 5 minute period. The 2nd round was a completely different story.
Carmont took the fight to the ground, got the mount and as Cedenblad rolled over to avoid damage, the French-Canadian started to rain down huge strikes. After blasting away with a couple of monstrous punches, Carmont opted to go for the rear naked choke and Cedenblad had no choice to but to give in to the submission.
Yoislandy Izquierdo vs. Reza Madadi
It was a rough start but a great finish for Swedish fighter Reza Madadi, who put away Yoislandy Izquierdo with a slick guillotine choke in the 2nd round.
In the first round, Izquierdo showed off some impressive and explosive striking, tagging Madadi with some big punches and kicks. Madadi knew the ground was where he had the best chance to win, so when the guillotine choke opened up in the 2nd round, he went for it like a dog on a bone.
Madadi shored up the submission, and while Izquierdo tried to roll out, he instead helped sink the choke in deeper and a few moments later the tap out came.
Simeon Thoreson vs. Besam Yousef
Simeon Thoreson may not have had the Swedish crowd on his side, but it didn’t affect his performance as he choked out Besam Yousef in the 2nd round.
A grappler by nature, Thoreson showed good ground control early on, but countered with a nice punch in the 2nd round to rattle Yousef. From there it was all Thoreson, as he took Yousef to the mat, and transitioned beautifully from a choke to mount and then back to the rear naked choke again.
Yousef tapped out handing Thoreson a win in his UFC debut.
Jason Young vs. Eric Wisely
Jason Young got a much needed win at UFC on Fuel 2 defeating Eric Wisely by unanimous decision to kick off the Facebook prelims on Saturday.
Dropping the first two fights of his UFC career put Young in a ‘do or die’ situation and he reacted appropriately, fighting a smart strategy that mostly included putting Wisely on his back and controlling the action on the ground.
Wisely’s corner gave his a speech of desperation going into the third round, but despite his best efforts it wasn’t enough to get a finish and Young picked up his first win in the Octagon.