This is the UFC on FUEL TV 5 undercard live blog for the Struve vs. Miocic event at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England.
There will be five fights on the undercard. Kyle Kingsbury vs. Jimi Manuwa, Andy Ogle vs. Akira Corassani, Tom Watson vs. Brad Tavares, DaMarques Johnson vs. Gunnar Nelson, and Jason Young vs. Robbie Peralta will be featured on the prelims.
Check out the live blog below.
Jason Young vs. Robbie Peralta
Round 1: Marc Goddard is the man in charge and we're underway with UFC on FUEL 5. Peralta wings a huge looping right hook that floors Young. He's out. Peralta scrambles over and unloads a few more shots just to make sure. This one is over. Wow. What a start.
Robbie Peralta def. Jason Young via KO (strikes) at :23 of round 1
DaMarques Johnson vs. Gunnar Nelson
Round 1: Herb Dean oversees the much-anticipated UFC debut of the Gunnar Nelson. Nelson rushes out, throws a few side kicks and quickly trips Johnson to the mat. Johnson works for an omoplata from the bottom, however Nelson escapes into side control, and then takes mount. Johnson rolls and Nelson takes his back, hunting for a rear-naked choke. Nelson snatches a body lock. This is a bad, bad spot for Johnson. Nelson sticking with the choke, and it's in deep. Johnson is flattened out, and that's it, he taps. Impressive debut from Nelson, who lives up the hype.
Gunnar Nelson def. DaMarques Johnson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:34 of round 1.
Round 1: Leon Roberts is our referee for this middleweight bout. Tavares finds pressure with his jab early, unloads a combination then ducks under for a double leg takedown, but can't get it. Watson nearly decapitates Tavares with a switch kick, but quickly eats a few shots in return. Oof, Tavares is floored by a groin shot. That one looked bad. After a brief break, we're back in action and Tavares isn't being shy with his straight punches. Watson lunges in with a hook and initiates the clinch. Nothing doing and both fighters retake the center of the cage. Tavares tosses out a few more crisp jabs and throws in a head kick. Watson tries to answer but is promptly taken down against the fence. Fifty seconds left and Tavares nearly takes Watson's back. "Kong" stands and escapes, only to land another groin shot on Tavares. Roberts warns Watson of a point deduction if it happens again. Once the action resumes, Tavares comes out like a man on fire. Good first round. MMA Fighting scores is 10-9 for Tavares.
Round 2: Watson opens up with a few kicks to the thigh early. Tavares answers with a double jab and the Nottingham crowd is getting into this one. Tavares catches Watson rushing in with a short hook, presses him against the fence, but can't finagle a trip. Watson's face is turning a bright shade of red from Tavares consistently finding his mark with his jab. Tavares slips a combination, changes levels and takes down Watson, quickly scampering to his back. One minute left as Tavares looks for the choke. Watson tries to stand and escape, but he's quickly pulled back to the mat, only to be saved by the bell. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Tavares.
Round 3: Both fighters share a brief embrace as the final round kicks off. Watson walks through a huge right hand, completely un-phased. Tavares nearly tosses Watson to the mat, and after a frenetic scramble, he eventually succeeds the second time around. Watson patiently climbs back to his feet and the action is restarted following a short break from Roberts. Both men trade guillotine attempts as the pace on this one picks up. Tavares eats a huge uppercut on his way back to his feet. Tavares pressures forward and methodically works for a double leg against the fence. He can't get it and Watson lands a huge shot on his way out. Tavares answers with a shot of his own and we're in a firefight here as the final horn sounds. Great fight. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Tavares.
Brad Tavares def. Tom Watson via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Andy Ogle vs. Akira Corassani
Round 1: A veteran of TUF 15, Corassani has been out of action for 19 months. Marc Goddard is our referee. Corassani lands first with a solid right hook. Ogle answers with his own left hook, though neither man can follow up. Corassani connects with a head-body combination and circles out. A massive left hand drops Corassani, who has a cut opened up above his left his eyebrow. Corassani works his way to his feet and seems to be recovered. Ogle eats a big right hand and we've got ourselves a fight. Ogle lunges in unsuccessfully for an ankle pick. One more exchange ends the round. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Ogle.
Round 2: Ogle misses early with a wild hook, and now he looks tentative. Goddard warns both fighters to watch their low kicks. Ogle blocks a flashy ax kick from Corassani, but still neither man seems willing to engage. A Corassani combination finds its mark and Ogle backpedals on the defensive. Ogle drops levels and snags a double leg takedown. Corassani looking to use the fence to get back to his feet. Ogle threatening hard with a standing guillotine. The crowd ignites as Ogle lets it go and unloads a salvo. The horn sounds, and Corassani floors Ogle with a massive right hook. That one looked late but nobody seems concerned. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Corassani.
Round 3: Ogle's face is bloodied after that last shot. Ogle's corner telling him to look for a single leg but both men seem content to trade combinations so far. Corassani sidesteps a sluggish takedown attempt and connects with a body kick. Corassani rushes in to follow up and Ogle takes his back in the ensuing scramble. Ogle rains down elbows from the top to the side of Corassani's skull. Two minutes left and Corassani needs to do something drastic. The Nottingham crowd erupts into chants of "Ogle! Ogle!" as the cascade of elbows continues. Great control from Ogle. Corassani is helpless in this position. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Ogle.
Akira Corassani def. Andy Ogle via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Round 1: Leon Roberts is the man in charge for Jimi Manuwa's much anticipated UFC debut. Bad way to start as Manuwa quickly finds his back on the mat, with Kingsbury in side control. Kingsbury maneuvers around to attempt an arm-in guillotine. Manuwa sees his opening an explodes back to his feet. Kingsbury eats a huge left hook on his way out of the clinch. Another huge hook and Kingsbury crashes face-first to the mat. Wow, even though he looked like he was out, he's already back on his feet. Manuwa is relentless now, pouring it on with a whirlwind of combinations, head kicks and flying knees. This one is getting ugly. Kingsbury is basically a punching bag right now, but somehow he's surviving. MMA Fighting scores it 10-8 for Manuwa.
Round 2: Kingbury's face is a mess to start the second frame. Manuwa connects with a right hand, but Kingsbury answers by charging forward, planting his head in Manuwa's chest and securing a double leg takedown. Manuwa creeps out the back door and stands back up, only to eat a few short shots against the fence. Manuwa is starting to open up now, landing knees at will. Another huge knee and Kingsbury drops. Manuwa briefly looks for a Peruvian necktie, then stands and is almost lazily taken down by an exhausted Kingsbury. Manuwa looks exhausted himself. Kingsbury snatches another takedown, landing in side control. Kingsbury staying busy but unable to mount any significant offense. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Kingsbury.
Kingsbury's eye is awful, swollen purple and completely swollen shut. There's no way this can continue. Valiant effort by Kingsbury, but Roberts calls the end of the fight.
Jimi Manuwa def. Kyle Kingsbury via TKO (doctor's stoppage) at 5:00 of round 2.