Norwegian welterweight Simeon Thoresen fended off a solid outing by Besam Yousef and managed to choke the Swede out at 2:36 of the second round in the second bout of UFC on Fuel 2. Thoresen landed a solid punch that wobbled Yousef midway through the second, and he took advantage with an excellent grappling display that ended with "The Grin" winning by rear naked choke.
The fighters opened the bout looking for some strikes from the outside, and it was Yousef that was able to land first. Thoresen shot in for a takedown, but it was stuffed nicely by Yousef. Thoresen landed a few jabs, then ducked under a big Yousef right and latched onto a leg. Yousef landed a bunch of punches, but Simeon eventually got it to the floor and begain to work in Yousef's full guard. Youself was landing a bunch of elbows from guard, which made Thoresen sit up to get away from them. Thoresen picked his shots well and landed a bunch, but Yousef looked good as well. The referee eventually stood them up, and both fighters immediately started exchanging big shots to the body in the clinch. Thoresen landed a big standing elbow, and the fighters exchanged knees to end the stanza.
After a very active opening round, the fighters started the second with a more measured pace. Yousef landed the first solid shot with a nice counter left, but Thoresen continued to come forward. Thoresen went for a double leg takedown, but it was stuffed and Yousef landed a bunch of punches against the cage. Thoresen responded with a nice punch and immediately got Youself down and latched on a modified rear naked choke. He couldn't finish it, but he used it to transition to mount, then to the back. Thoresen rained down punches, then latched another choke onto Yousef. Besem put up a good fight, but was forced to tap out.
Both fighters were making their UFC debut. Thoresen entered the fight on a 7-1-1 streak in his last nine bouts, while Yousef was undefeated at 6-0 coming in.