The human eye can only absorb so much punishment.
Manuwa stopped the American Kickboxing Academy’s Kyle
Kingsbury on a technical knockout in between rounds two and
UFC on Fuel TV 5 “Struve vs. Miocic” on Saturday at the Capital
FM Arena in Nottingham, England. The bout was called on the advice
of the cageside physician, who deemed Kingsbury unfit to
Manuwa (12-0, 1-0 UFC) had “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 alum in
rough shape in the first round, as he connected on a blistering
series of strikes: left hooks to the head and body were his weapons
of choice, along with head kicks, knees and the occasional right
hand. Fists and feet flew from all directions. At the conclusion of
round one, Kingsbury’s left eye was badly damaged.
Kingsbury (11-5, 4-4 UFC) was far more effective in the second
round, as he scored with multiple takedowns and passed the Manuwa
guard without much resistance. However, by the end of the frame,
his eye was swollen shut and he could no longer see, necessitating
Corassani Edges Ogle on Points
In his first appearance in nearly two years, “The Ultimate Fighter”
Season 14 alum Akira
Corassani took a controversial split decision over Andy Ogle in a
preliminary featherweight duel. Two of the three cageside judges
sided with Corassani (10-3, 1-0 UFC) by matching 29-28 counts; a
third saw it 30-27 for Ogle (8-2, 0-1 UFC).
Corassani was the aggressor early on, as he survived a first-round
knockdown and tagged the Brit repeatedly with overhand rights.
However, Ogle turned the tables late in round two when he struck
for a takedown, threatened the Swede with guillotine choke and
peppered him with ground-and-pound.
The third round belonged to Ogle. He trapped Corassani in an
awkward topside crucifix and slashed away at him with elbows.
Corassani, though frustrated and bloodied, weathered the onslaught
and left his fate to the judges.
Tavares Spoils Watson Debut
A stiff and consistent jab, effective
counterpunching and a handful of timely takedowns carried “The
Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 alum Brad
Tavares to a split verdict over former British Association of
Mixed Martial Arts champion Tom Watson in
an undercard tilt at 185 pounds.
Tavares File Photo
Tavares is 4-1 in the UFC.
Two of the three cageside judges scored it for Tavares (9-1, 4-1
UFC) by 30-27 and 29-28 counts; a third cast a dissenting 29-28 nod
in favor of Watson (15-5, 0-1 UFC).
Tavares did his best work in round two, where he struck for a
takedown, transitioned to the Brit’s back and fished for a
rear-naked choke. Though unsuccessful in his pursuit of the finish,
the Hawaiian now had a clear path to victory. Tavares delivered two
more takedowns in the final frame, as he won for the fourth time in
five appearances inside the Octagon.
Nelson Choke Submits ‘Darkness’
Undefeated prospect Gunnar
Nelson submitted “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 9 finalist
Johnson with a first-round rear-naked choke in a preliminary
catchweight affair. Nelson (10-0-1, 1-0 UFC) brought it to a close
3:34 into round one, his streak of consecutive victories now at
A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Renzo Gracie,
Nelson struck for a takedown inside the first minute, scrambled
into side control and eventually moved to full mount. Johnson
surrendered his back, only to find himself flattened out by a body
triangle from the 24-year-old Iceland export. The situation was
soon hopeless. After a brief struggle, Nelson locked down the choke
and elicited the tapout.
“I got his back. I just had to move him around a little bit to get
his chin up and [sink] the choke,” Nelson said. “There are always
nerves for every fight and the UFC is the biggest [promotion] in
the world, but you do what you have to do.”
Peralta Waylays Young in 23 Seconds
Peralta needed less than half a minute to put away
American Top Team’s Jason Young
in a brief but violent undercard battle at 145 pounds. Young (9-6,
1-3 UFC) met his end 23 seconds into round one.
Peralta (16-3, 2-0 UFC) floored the 26-year-old Englishman with a
winging right hook, followed him to the mat and sealed it with a
series of unanswered right hands on the ground. The volley left
Young unconscious. Peralta has not lost in his last 10
“It was all the hard work that paid off. I just came to fight and
came ready,” said Peralta, who had not competed since November.
“All my training helped get rid of all that rust. I’m just glad to
be back in the ring and back in action.”