Saturday afternoon, the UFC returns to the O2 Arena in London, England for UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa. As with every major event, Bloody Elbow will provide you with live results and analysis throughout the event. The show will kick off on UFC Fight Pass at 12:30 p.m. ET (9:30 a.m. PT) before continuing on the digital network for the main card starting at 3 p.m. ET.
This post will cover all the action for the main card broadcast.
Round 1 - Akhmedov with a couple of body kicks to start. And another. A straight left from Nelson hurt Akmedov and they ended up on the ground. Nelson quickly moved to mount. Short elbows from Nelson. Some were pretty brutal. Akhmedov escaped, but fell right into a guillotine. Akhmedov tapped out quickly. Total domination from the Icelandic fighter.
Gunnar Nelson defeats Omari Akhmedov by submission (guillotine choke), 4:36 of round 1
Round 1 - Leg kick from Pickett. Both threw combos that connected. Seery with a left hook that caught Pickett off balance. Left hook from Pickett. Eye poke from Seery, but only a brief break in action. Seery clipped Pickett with a right hook, but Pickett shot in and put him on the mat. He methodically moved to half and set up a tight arm triangle, but Seery was able to fight it off. Pickett moved him against the cage and opened up with some GnP. Seery got back to his feet and cracked Pickett with a body/head combo. 10-9 Pickett.
Round 2 - Both men opened fire early, connecting with a series of hard hooks. Seery stuffed a takedown. Seery was working the body well. Pickett was a head kick that was blocked. Pickett scooped a single but couldn't get it down. Body work from Pickett now. Pickett held Seery against the fence and landed some knees to the thigh before getting a slam takedown. He held him there for the rest of the round. 10-9 Pickett.
Round 3 - Counter right hook from Seery. Seery had a takedown attempt stuffed. Both men land solid shots. Another eye poke from Seery. Apparently it was a punch and not an eye poke. The thew men are straight throwing down now! Seery with some monster shots that Pickett just walked right though. Pickett with a slam. Seery got up with just over a minute to go. Seery called for Pickett to come at him, but he just slammed him back to the floor. 10-9 Pickett, and 30-27 overall.
Round 1 - Body kick from Johnson. Nice knee up the middle from Guillard. Kick in the nuts from Johnson. Johnson's game was pretty kick-heavy early, while Guillard was fair cautious. Johnson missed with a takedown attempt and they clinched up briefly. Guillard finally opens up, then spikes Johnson on a hip toss. Guillard didn't do enough to earn the round, so 10-9 Johnson.
Round 2 - Lots of posturing and missed strikes. A leg kick and jab from Johnson. Nice uppercut from Melvin. Body kick from Johnson. Short leg kick stumbled Johnson. Johnson was frustrated with Guillard's inaction. Johnson finally cracked Guillard with a left hook and a big knee that sent Guillard to the mat briefly. He recovered quickly though. 10-9 Johnson.
Round 3 - Both men finally opened up early in the third with punches but Johnson got a quick takedown. He wasn't down long though. Guillard missed with a spinning kick. Back to the feinting and general inactivity. Johnson just missed with a winging left and right. Johnson caught him with a straight shot as Guillard came in. Johnson hurt him against the cage with a shot and a short elbow. He looked for a takedown but couldn't get it. Guillard scored with a right on the break. Johnson scored again iwht a well-timed counter. Guillard complained about an eye poke but the ref wouldn't stop it, so Johnson jumped all over him. He was beating Guillard up, but he backed off for some reason. Clearly Johnson's round and Johnson's fight, but he could have had a finish. 10-9 Johnson, 30-27 Johnson.
Michael Johnson defeats Melvin Guillard by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Round 1 - Manuwa with a jab and leg kick, Gustafsson returned fire with a body kick. Gustafsson went for a takedown and was briefly caught in a guillotine, but he got it to the floor safely. Gustafsson threatened with an arm lock while trying to pass to side control. Manuwa returned position well though. Short shoulder checks from Gustafsson. Manuwa got up with about a minute to go. A takedown was stuffed with a knee by Manuwa. Body shot from Manuwa. 10-9 Gustafsson.
Round 2 - Leg kick from Manuwa. Eye poke from Gustafsson. Manuwa looks...puzzled. Manuwa scores with a right on the restart, and another. Big knee from Gustafsson and Manuwa is hurt! Uppercuts! He's down and it's over! Huge finish from Gustafsson!
Alexander Gustafsson defeats Jim Manuwa by TKO (strikes), 1:18 of Round 2