UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa moved to the main card with the return of Gunnar Nelson after a year's layoff. Nelson faced off with Omari Akhmedov in a fight that proved to be of little challenge to Gunnar.
Nelson patiently worked on the feet until he was able to score a takedown, quickly advancing to full mount with a guard pass and using ground and pound to maneuver Akhmedov into position for a guillotine choke. Once it was locked in, Nelson gave no room for escape and finished the fight, impressing in his return.
Seery was very impressive in his UFC debut, using outstanding boxing to bust Pickett up on the feet. Unfortunately for him, he didn't have the defensive wrestling to pull off the win. Pickett took him down repeatedly and stayed on top, doing enough work to earn the nod on all three official scorecards.
Still, Seery was impressive enough that it would seem that he has earned at least one more shot in the UFC.
Many fans -- myself included -- were excited for the night's co-main event between Michael Johnson and Melvin Guillard. Unfortunately for those anxious for the fight, it turned out to be less than thrilling.
Guillard moved pretty much the entire fight, not really engaging while Johnson chased. Guillard did enough to take round one it seemed, but Johnson took the second two rounds while Guillard refused to engage offensively.
There was one moment of controversy in round three, it appeared that Johnson had the fight on ice, but as he pushed Guillard away there was an accidental eye poke that the referee did not see. While it didn't change the complexion of the fight, Guillard continued to complain about it after the fight and did have a point that the referee should have seen the infraction, even if accidental.
Johnson took the fight on the cards by scores of 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.