Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
STOCKHOLM -- This is the UFC on FUEL 2 undercard live blog for the UFC on FUEL TV 2 event from the Ericsson Globe Arena.
There will be six fights on the undercard. Papy Abedi vs. James Head, Cyrille Diabate vs. Tom DeBlass, Francis Carmont vs. Magnus Cedenblad, Reza Madadi vs Yoislandy Izquierdo, Simeon Thoresen vs. Besam Yousef and Jason Young vs. Eric Wisely will be the matches streamed live on Facebook.
Check out the live blogs below.
Round 1: Wisely bobs and weaves his way in with a left hook, then scores again with the left seconds later. Young is largely stationary in the center of the cage, while Wisely’s bouncing around all over from the outside. Young takes Wisely’s back standing but can’t get him down. After some knees to the thighs from behind, the ref grows bored and separates them. The crowd does not approve. Young plants Wisely on his back, but can’t get much going from inside his guard, so he opts to stand and, when that’s no more successful, waves Wisely to his feet. Wisely tries a clever little heel kick, but only succeeds in getting taken down again. A meek horn sounds to end the round. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Young.
Round 2: Wisely tries to get the left working again, but Young backs him against the cage and flings him to the mat. It’s clear he can get the fight to the floor. It’s the next part where he seems to run into a dead end. Wisely does a good job tying him up from the bottom, so Young stands up and works kicks to the legs before diving back down with a good right hand. Young tries to get his ground and pound on, but there’s not much there. The ref moves in for another stand-up, this time with a mixed reaction. Young puts him down one more time before the round is up, but is again unable to do much more. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Young.
Round 3: Perhaps sensing he’s down on the cards, Wisely comes out hard in the final frame. He lands a nice left and a body kick. This fires up the crowd, and Young tries a jumping knee in response. Young puts Wisely on his back once more and tries again to get some ground-and-pound started. They trade elbows on the ground before Young decided to stand and try the leg kicks again. Young dives in with another right, but the ref moves in seconds later to stand them up. Young flashes a baffled look at this stand-up, but he doesn’t get a vote in this decision. Wisely slips on a head kick and we end the fight on the ground, in guard, where much of it has taken place. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Young.
Jason Young def. Eric Wisely via unanimous decision (30-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Round 1: Yousef comes in swinging with an early combo and Thoresen stings him right back. Thoresen looks for a takedown but is stymied, much to the crowd’s delight. Huge hook from Yousef flies just over a ducking Thoresen’s head. Thoresen sees the same opening moments later and uses it to nab a takedown. Chants of ‘Besam!’ from the crowd. Yousef doing good work off his back, battering Thoresen with hammer fists from the bottom. Thoresen postures up and fires back, but can’t seem to get much on it. Just as they’re hand fighting in the guard, the ref moves in to stand them up. Take note, everybody. You’re not going to get much time to work on the mat tonight. Thoresen grabs Yousef in the clinch and lets loose with some knees. Yousef turns and lands a hard right at the ten-second warning. Good battle so far, and we’re only one round in. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Thoresen.
Round 2: Thoresen paws with a jab early, and both men are looking a little fatigued after that blistering first round. Yousef wades in with wide hooks and Thoresen shoots back a straight left. Thoresen looks for another takedown, but ends up taking a battering from Yousef, who smells blood. Thoresen recovers well, but looks exhausted. He gets Yousef down and nearly locks in a bulldog choke. Yousef rolls to his back to escape, and Thoresen tries an anaconda. Yousef is staying alive, but barely. Thoresen gets mount and unloads from the top. Yousef rolls and exposes his back, which gives Thoresen the perfect opportunity to wrap up the rear-naked choke for the win.
Simeon Thoresen def. Besam Yousef via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:36 of round 2
Round 1: Madadi gets a huge ovation on his way to the cage. He’s wearing trunks the color of the Iranian flag, as a nod to his birth place, but he carried a Swedish flag. The fans here love this guy. Izquierdo fires off a sharp combo, but Madadi gets the takedown as chants of ‘Reza!’ start up. He can’t get much going on the mat. Back on the feet, Izquierdo lands a stinging kick. Madadi clinches him against the fence and gets a brief takedown, but Izquierdo pops right back up. More clinch fighting against the fence, but the ref moves to stop it and separate them. Yep, it’s going to be one of those kinds of nights. Madadi dives for a foot, but can’t get it. Izquierdo has the fight where he wants it, and he nails Madadi with a good head kick, then unloads with a vicious punch combination seconds later. Madadi is hurt, but he gets a takedown that saves him in the final seconds. Guillotine attempt by Madadi at the horn, but he’s out of time. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Izquierdo.
Round 2: Izquierdo goes right back to work with his combos to start the second, and it’s clear that Madadi is just waiting for him to open up enough for a takedown. Soon enough he does, and after being chased back against the fence with punches, Madadi drops down for a takedown and puts Izquierdo on his back. He looks for the guillotine in the scramble, and Izquierdo defends well until Madadi sweeps him onto his back and tightens the choke. Izquierdo taps with both hands, since he can’t get one free to defend.
Reza Madadi def. Yoislandy Izquierdo via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:28 of round 2
Round 1: Stockholm’s Cedenblad is clearly the fan favorite against Montreal’s Carmont. Carmont starts us off with a takedown in the first minute. Cedenblad tries a guillotine on his way down, but Carmont pulls out easily. The lanky Cedenblad has a sticky, active guard, and as Carmont stands up to step away from it, Cedenblad grabs the oportunity for a takedown. Carmont tries to sweep Cedenblad from the bottom and ends up giving up mount, which then allows Cedenblad to take his back. Cedenblad nearly has the rear-naked choke, but can’t seem to finish. He settles for battering the side of Carmont’s head, but Carmont hangs in there and eventually manages to turn into him and get the top position in Cedenblad’s mount. He works a little ground and pound, but Cedenblad reverses just before the horn. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Cedenblad.
Round 2: Carmont immediately shoots for the takedown and gets it, with Cedanblad again trying for an unsuccessful guillotine. Carmont passes the guard easily, then gets full mount and begins hammering Cedeblad with punches from the top. Cedenblad may be spent, and Carmont is mauling him right now. Cedenblad rolls to his stomach, and -- after several punches that might have been somewhere in the neighborhood of the back of the head -- Carmont sinks the rear-naked choke. Cedenblad is forced to tap.
Francis Carmont def. Magnus Cedenblad via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:42 of round 2
Round 1: Referee Leon Roberts gives the signal and Diabate meets DeBlass in the center of the cage. DeBelass moves forward, reaching for the clinch. Diabate tries to keep his distance, but eventually gets trapped against the fence and single-legged to the floor. DeBlass tries to pass, but seems hung up in half-guard as the crowd grows antsy. Finally, after an extended position battle that this evening’s previous refs likely wouldn’t have stood for, DeBlass gets to side control with about a minute left. Once there, he mostly settles for holding Diabate down as the crowd voices its disapproval. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for DeBlass, reluctantly.
Round 3: Despite his height and reach advantage, Diabate isn’t doing much to keep DeBlass at a distance. He waits until the American moves in for a takedown and then nails him with a knee to the body. DeBlass is looking fatigued. Diabate opens up with his striking and catches DeBlass with a couple nice shots. DeBlass looks for a takedown, but ends up on the bottom, mouth hanging open as he gasps for air. Diabate is content to stay on top and pepper him with punches. DeBlass rolls back for a straight ankle lock, but again it’s only successful in getting him off the bottom. ‘Tommy, you gotta go!’ shouts his corner. They urge him to look for a finish, but it doesn’t seem like he has it in him. Final minute of the fight, and Diabate is back on top, picking away at DeBlass with punches. There’s the horn, and both men lie back exhausted. The crowd seems not terrible impressed with their effort tonight, but they get some polite applause anyway. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Diabate.
Cyrille Diabate def. Tom DeBlass via majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
Round 1: Head goes on the attack with a punch combo early, then takes a couple leg kicks from Abedi before deciding to clinch up. Abedi whips him down with a single-leg, and the crowd launches into a chant of ‘Papy!’’ A lone person somewhere behind me starts up a ‘USA!’ chant, but sadly, no takers on that. Abedi maneuvers Head against the fence and tries to get some ground-and-pound going, but Head scrambles to his feet. Head finds a home for that right hand, and so he keeps throwing it. Abedi looks a little stunned as Head adds knees to the attack. Abedi’s on wobbly legs and another right from Head puts him down. Head uses a whizzer to get to mount, then sinks in the choke when Abedi turns. Abedi has to tap, and Head shoves him over as he gets to his feet. There goes that ‘USA!’ guy again.
James Head def. Papy Abedi via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:33 of round one
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