UFC on FUEL 2 Live Blog: Brad Pickett vs. Damacio Page

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

STOCKHOLM -- This is the UFC on FUEL 2 live blog for Brad Pickett vs. Damacio Page, a bantamweight bout on tonight's UFC event from the Ericsson Globe Arena.

Pickett, who has lost two of his past three fights, will fight Page, who has lost his two fights, on the main card.

Check out the live blog below.



Round 1: No wasting time here. Ten seconds in and Page is on his back with Pickett in his guard thanks to a sloppy start. Pickett stands up out of an armbar and gets an upkick that makes him turn and collect himself. Head kick from Page is met with a hard right from Pickett that turns Page's legs to jelly. They trade takedowns -- first Page, then Pickett -- and Pickett gets the better of the ground-and-pound game from the top. Pickett goes to work with some good short elbows in close as the crowd rallies behind him. Again Page uses threat of a submission from the bottom to get to his feet. Pickett snags a takedown after a jumping knee attempt by Page in the final minute of the round. Page works back up and then eats a solid right before being taken down one more time. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Pickett.

Round 2: Page thinks about a takedown, but is stopped. Pickett scoops him up for a big slam but gets rolled over as soon as they hit the mat, then scrambles back up. Big hook by Pickett sends Page reeling to the mat. He follows up with a blistering attack from the top, but Page holds on and survives. Guillotine attempt by Pickett, but Page pulls out and ends up on top. Pickett tries to scramble up and look for a takedown. ‘Don't you let him have it!' Greg Jackson shouts from Page's corner. They agree to disengage and start fresh, and do they over. Both men unloading with some heavy leather, but it's Page who blinks first and before he knows it Pickett's on his back, sinking the choke. Page can find no escape and is forced to tap.

Brad Pickett def. Damacio Page via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:05 of round two

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