Madadi rallied to stop Michael Johnson in the final round. | Josh
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No one will ever question Reza
Nearly finished by a first-round head kick, Madadi stormed back to
submit “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 12 finalist Michael
Johnson with a brabo choke at
UFC on Fuel TV 9 “Mousasi vs. Latifi” on Saturday at the
Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. Madadi (13-3, 2-1) finished it
1:33 into round three, as he won for the eighth time in nine
Johnson (12-8, 4-4 UFC) had his chance, and it was a golden one.
The 26-year-old Blackzilians representative blasted Madadi with a
shin to the face late in the first round and swarmed for the
stoppage. The Sweden-based Iranian somehow survived, pushing the
Madadi turned the tide with takedowns and strong topside grappling
in the second round, as Johnson began to fade. In the third, the
“Mad Dog” delivered another takedown and framed up a brabo choke
for the submission.
Troeng Choke Finishes Cella
Troeng coaxed a tapout from “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 17
castmate Adam Cella
with a first-round rear-naked choke in an undercard tilt at 185
pounds. Cella (4-1, 0-1 UFC) submitted to the choke 3:11 into round
Troeng (16-4-1, 1-0 UFC) struck for a takedown, dodged a few
upkicks and settled into the American’s guard. He transitioned
smoothly to Cella’s back, secured one hook and then another and
went to work on the finish. Troeng softened up his opponent with
punches, cinched the choke and brought the match to a decisive
conclusion, much to the delight of his fellow Swedes.
Amagov Outduels Fellow Strikeforce Alum Spang
Low kicks and timely takedowns carried Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts
Amagov to a unanimous decision over Las Vegas-based Swede
Spang in a preliminary welterweight duel. Amagov (12-2-1, 1-0
UFC) swept the scorecards by matching 30-27 marks, as he won for
the sixth time in his last seven appearances.
Spang (5-2, 0-1 UFC) never established an offensive foothold in the
bout. Amagov attacked his legs and body, all while keeping him
off-balance with a wide array of flashy spinning techniques. The
28-year-old Chechen also mixed in takedowns at opportune times and
polished off his victory with a suplex late in the third round.
Irish Prospect McGregor Smashes Brimage
Former two-division Cage Warriors Fighting Championship titleholder
McGregor dazzled in his promotional debut, as he wiped out
American Top Team’s Marcus
Brimage with a series of savage first round uppercuts in a
featherweight encounter. Brimage (6-2, 3-1 UFC) met his end a mere
67 seconds into round one.
McGregor (13-2, 1-0 UFC) got down to business in a hurry. The
promising 24-year-old Irishman wobbled Brimage with an uppercut and
then floored him with two more. A torrent of thunderous blows
followed, leaving referee Robert
Sundel no choice but to intervene. McGregor has finished his
last nine opponents, seven of them inside one round.
LaFlare Grounds, Outpoints Alloway
Former Ring of Combat champion Ryan
LaFlare enjoyed a successful Octagon debut, as he cruised to a
unanimous verdict over “The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes”
semifinalist Ben Alloway
in an undercard clash at 170 pounds. LaFlare (8-0, 1-0 UFC) swept
the scorecards by identical 30-27 marks, as he went the distance
for the first time as a professional.
The 29-year-old LaFlare fed his foe a steady diet of takedowns and
top control. He grounded Alloway (12-4, 1-1 UFC) in all three
rounds, dodged the Australian’s submission attempts and worked
diligently to pass guard. The defeat snapped Alloway’s six-fight
Lawlor Guillotine Submits Kuiper
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 alum Tom Lawlor
Kuiper with a second-round guillotine choke in a preliminary
middleweight matchup. Kuiper (12-2, 1-2 UFC) conceded defeat 65
seconds into round two.
Lawlor (9-5, 5-4 UFC) overcome a one-sided first round in which he
appeared to suffer a knee injury. Kuiper controlled the frame with
sprawls, repeated takedowns and late ground-and-pound. In round
two, the Dutch judoka moved in for another takedown, only to find
himself trapped in Lawlor’s patented guillotine. The tapout
followed soon after.
Abedi Nabs Split Verdict
Takedowns, top control and occasional ground-and-pound spurred
Congolese judo black belt Papy Abedi to
a split decision over Besam
Yousef at 170 pounds. All three judges arrived at 29-28 scores,
two of them siding with Abedi (9-2, 1-2 UFC).
The 34-year-old Abedi did his best work in the first round, as he
delivered a pair of takedowns, grinded on the grounded Yousef (6-2,
0-2 UFC) with elbows and punches and attacked with thudding knees
from the clinch.
From there, the tide seemed to turn in Yousef’s favor. The
28-year-old stunned Abedi with an uppercut in the second round,
answered his opponent’s takedowns with a few of his own and
executed well in the clinch in the third. Still, his retorts were
not enough to alter the verdict, as Abedi enjoyed the sweet taste
of victory for the first time since October 2010.