Reza Madadi made the Stockholm crowd very happy with a second round guillotine choke finish of Yoislandy Izquierdo in their UFC on Fuel 2 bout. Izquierdo controlled the standup, outstriking Madadi 40-1, but Madadi landed some excellent takedowns and lived up to his "Mad Dog" nickname by latching onto a choke and fighting until he was able to roll to mount with it and get the tap at 1:28 of the second round.
Madadi is known for his relentless pressure, and he proved it early by immediately getting a takedown into side control. The crowd chanted his name while Madadi looked for a choke, but Izquierdo defended well and popped out. Izquierdo jumped to his feet and threw a nice combination, but Madadi shucked it off. Izquierdo timed a knee well, but Madadi kept going and looked for a greco roman takedown against the cage. Madadi looked to be working, but the referee decided to separate the fighters. Izquierdo threw some very nice kicks that backed Madadi off a bit. "Cuba" threw a nice flying knee and some punches, but Madadi caught him and put him on his back. He latched on a guillotine, but it was right at the bell.
Izquierdo opened the second with some strikes, including a spinning back kick, but didn't land much. When he finally got Madadi against the cage, Madadi used his own momentum against him and lifted him up for a takedown into side control. Yoislandy reversed while Madadi looked for a guillotine, but "Mad Dog" kept the choke latched on, rolled to mount, and Izquierdo was forced to tap. Very, very nice finish.
Both fighters were making their UFC debuts. Madadi, who is very popular in Sweden, entered the bout on a six-fight winning streak, while opponent Izquierdo was undefeated in his career going in.