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Generally we break these things down fight-by-fight, but for this event we're going to do one recap for the whole undercard. This will give a brief description of each fight, what might be next for each fighter, and whether the fight is worthy of a watch or not. There will also be a recap covering the main card and one for the main event.
Papy Abedi (8-2, 0-2 UFC) vs. James Head (8-2, 1-1 UFC)
Head picked up a submission victory at 4:33 of the first round in his welterweight debut. The fight started well for Abedi, getting a takedown and patiently working on top. Once it was back on the feet though, it was all Head. Abedi got backed up against the cage and ate some huge right hands that crumpled him to the ground, where Head jumped on his back and sunk in a choke. It wasn't tight, but Abedi was done. A fight with fellow UFC on Fuel 2 winner Simeon Thoresen would be a good next matchup for Head. As for Abedi, he could very well get released. You could probably wait until later to watch this, but the ending was nice.
Diabate won a majority decision after DeBlass gassed out in the second round. The scores were 29-28, 29-28, and 28-28. "The Snake" spent the first half of the fight on the bottom fighting off submissions, but turned it around once DeBlass fatigued and controlled the third round. Diabate could meet the winner of the Fabio Maldonado vs. Igor Pokrajac bout scheduled for UFC on Fuel 3 next month, while DeBlass will likely get a debuting fighter in his next outing. This is the one bout of the entire card that is not worth watching at all.
Carmont picked up his second straight UFC win in a fun matchup with Cedenblad where they both had their moments. After dropping the first round, Carmont rebounded in the second by getting to mount quickly and dropping some monster ground and pound. Cedenblad wouldn't give up, but once Carmont sunk in a choke it was time to tap. The finish came at 1:42 of the second round. I'd like to see Carmont take on Riki Fukuda, while Cedenblad will probably be used on the next Europe card. Due to the sustained action, I'd say you should watch this now.
Madadi ignited his hometown crowd with a second-round submission victory. The first round was a balance between Madadi's relentless grappling and Izquierdo's solid striking, but Madadi took over in the second and choked "Cuba" out with a guillotine at the 1:28 mark. Madadi might be a bit of a one-trick pony, but a fight with Issei Tamura could be interesting on the ground. Izquierdo will undoubtedly get another chance in the organization. I'd say you should watch this right now, partly for the fight and partly because of the crowd.
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Thoresen used his superior grappling to pick up a second-round rear naked choke victory. Yousef had trouble dealing with Thoresen's ground game, but was very active from the bottom and landed some good shots standing. In the end though, the Norwegian fighter put together a nice chain of submission attempts and ended up eliciting the tap at the 2:36 mark. As mentioned above, I'd like to see Thoresen take on James Head next, while Yousef should definitely fight again in the UFC after that effort. This fight teeters between "watch right now" and "watch later". Your choice.
Young took advantage of Wisely's inability to pull the trigger and worked a solid game on both the ground and the feet to pick up a unanimous decision victory. Wisely rebounded late and had a solid third round, but it was too late by then. The scores were 30-28, 29-28, and 29-28. Young picked up his first UFC win in three tries, while Wisely is still looking for his first win after two bouts. I say they should give Young the winner of the Maximo Blanco vs. Marcus Brimage bout at UFC 145, and give Wisely the loser. While this bout had a fair amount of action, you can probably give it a pass.
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