Diabate utilized an experience, striking and conditioning
advantage in capturing a majority decision from two-division Ring
of Combat champion Tom DeBlass
in a UFC on
Fuel TV 2 undercard bout at 205 pounds on Saturday at the
Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.
Two of the three judges cast identical 29-28 scores in favor of
Diabate (18-8, 3-2 UFC); a third ruled it a 28-28 draw.
DeBlass (7-1, 1-1 UFC) -- a Ricardo
Almeida protégé who stepped in for the injured Jorgen
Kruth on short notice -- moved to establish a quick foothold.
The 29-year-old New Jersey native took down the 6-foot-6 Diabate,
passed to side mount after a considerable struggle and attacked
with elbows to the head in the first round. Had the scene repeated
itself over the next 10 minutes, DeBlass would have exited the cage
with his unblemished record intact. However, fatigue took hold, and
The seasoned 38-year-old Frenchman turned the tide in round two, as
he moved into a dominant position on the ground and bloodied
DeBlass, an accomplished grappler, with punches and elbows. Diabate
made his fading foe pay for a sloppy takedown try in the third
round, doing further damage from inside the guard. DeBlass made one
last move to secure the victory, but his late heel hook attempt was
Head Finishes Abedi in First
Head needed less than a round to notch his first UFC win, as he
submitted Papy Abedi
with a rear-naked choke 4:33 into the opening period of their
preliminary welterweight tilt.
Abedi (8-2, 0-2 UFC) struck for an early takedown from the clinch,
worked to pass his opponent’s guard and uncorked a crisp right hook
after the two men returned to their feet. From there, Head (8-2,
1-1 UFC) took control. The 28-year-old Oklahoman dazed Abedi near
the cage and brutalized him with a series of elbows and right hands
that forced him to the canvas. Head then stepped into full mount,
forced his wilting adversary to surrender his back and, after a
brief adjustment, landed the choke for the tapout.
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Carmont rallied in round two.
Carmont Choke Ices Cedenblad
Tristar Gym representative Francis
Carmont extended his winning streak to seven fights, as he
Cedenblad with a second-round rear-naked choke in a preliminary
middleweight duel. Cedenblad (10-4, 0-1) asked out of the fight
1:42 into round two, his promotional debut spoiled.
The Swede nearly secured a finish of his own in the first round, as
he mounted Carmont (18-7, 2-0 UFC), transitioned to his back and
fished for the choke. It never materialized, and the Frenchman
eventually freed himself from his opponent’s clutches. Carmont
retaliated in full in round two, where he scored with a takedown,
pinned Cedenblad to the mat, moved to mount and unleashed a hellish
barrage of punches. With no means of escape available to him, the
UFC newcomer left his neck open for the choke. Carmont obliged.
Madadi Guillotine Stops Izquierdo
Former Superior Challenge champion Reza Madadi
recorded his seventh win in as many outings, as the 31-year-old
Swede submitted the previously unbeaten Yoislandy
Izquierdo with a second-round guillotine choke in a preliminary
lightweight battle between UFC rookies. Madadi (12-2, 1-0 UFC)
finished it 86 seconds into round two.
Izquierdo (6-1, 0-1 UFC) fought well through the first five
minutes, as he scored with punches and kicks, sprawled effectively
and found a route back to his feet when taken down. More than once,
he had Madadi in retreat mode. However, Izquierdo’s good fortune
was short-lived. He succumbed to a takedown in the second round and
left his neck exposed while attempting to return to a standing
position. Madadi capitalized, snatched the choke and rolled into
mount to finish it.
Thoresen Choke Submits Yousef
Thoresen submitted Besam
Yousef with a second-round rear-naked choke in an undercard
showdown between Octagon newcomers at 170 pounds. Yousef (6-1, 0-1
UFC) met his end 2:36 into round two, as he experienced the sting
of defeat for the first time as a professional.
Yousef established himself as the superior standup fighter
throughout a competitive opening stanza, but Thoresen (17-2, 1-0
UFC) had his way with him on the ground. The 28-year-old Joachim
Hansen protégé buckled Yousef with a short punch in the second
round, followed him to the mat and moved to mount following a
failed brabo choke. Thoresen then forced the Syrian-born Swede to
surrender his back and battered him with punches from above,
setting up the choke and the resulting tapout.
Young Grounds, Outpoints Wisely
Former Cage Rage champion Jason Young
rode a takedown-heavy approach to a unanimous verdict over Strikeforce
veteran Eric Wisely
in a preliminary featherweight matchup. All three cageside judges
scored it for Young (9-5, 1-2 UFC): 30-28, 29-28 and 29-28.
Wisely (19-8 (0-2 UFC) never looked comfortable against the English
wrestler. Young struck for takedowns in all three rounds and built
his lead on the back of short punches and elbows from inside the
American’s guard, along with well-timed standing-to-ground blows.
The victory was the 25-year-old’s first in more than a year.