James Head picked up his first UFC win in style, going into Stockholm and defeating Sweden's Papy Abedi via rear naked choke late in the first round. Once Head got his range and avoided the Abedi counter left, he was able to land solid right hands and back Abedi against the cage where he really went to town. A big standing elbow and three solid right hands dropped "Makambo", and Head took advantage and locked in a choke. The finish came at 4:33 of the first stanza.
Head took the center to begin and ate some kicks from Abedi. He responded with a solid combination and landed a nice right. The fighters clinched up against the cage, with Abedi (a judo black belt) scooping Head up and planting him on the mat. The crowd cheered for Abedi, but he couldn't do much in Head's guard for a while. He finally passed to half guard, but Head rolled to his stomach and got back to his feet. Abedi landed two nice counter right hands, while Head looked for straight punches down the middle. Head landed a few times a row, and strafed Abedi against the cage with a big elbow. Abedi went down and Head jumped onto his back, looking for the choke. Head didn't look to have it fully secured, but Abedi was still forced to tap out.
Abedi was looking for his first UFC win after a submission loss to Thiago Alves in his debut. Head made his UFC debut against Nick Ring at middleweight at UFC 131, but was stopped in the third round. This was his welterweight debut.