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. In the main event, Alexander Gustafsson will take on Jimi Manuwa
This post will cover all the action from the preliminary card.
Round 1 - Harris pressured for a takedown early but Gaudinot held him off. They clinched up against the cage, and Gaudinot looked for a guillotine. After a couple of adjustments, he locked it up and jumped guard on Harris. Harris ended up in a mounted guillotine on the ground and was forced to tap.
Louis Gaudinot defeats Phil Harris by submission (guillotine choke), 1:12 of round 1
Round 1 - Araujo led with a couple of high kicks that missed, then shot in for a takedown. Mitchell ended up on top though. He got a little too aggressive and got swept. Araujo passed to mount briefly but Mitchell retained guard and went for a leg lock. He spent a long time attacking it but was nowhere near a finish. Araujo just stayed patient and eventually escaped. Mitchell looked for a kimura but ate an extended series of elbows to the ribs. Araujo backed out of guard and ate a decent upkick. Mitchell tripped him at the bell. Araujo was on top for more time, but Mitchell was more threatening. Tough round to score. I'll go 10-9 Araujo.
Round 2 - Araujo shot in and looked for a takedown, but Mitchell defended with an underhook. Araujo ended up on top. Araujo was looking to pass but ended up locked down in half guard. After backing out of guard and jumping back in, Araujo passed to side and looked to take the back, but Mitchell got back to his feet. Mitchell grinded against the cage and then went for a flying triangle, but he just ended up on his back for his troubles. 10-9 Araujo.
Round 3 - They hug to start the final round. Head kick from Araujo. Mitchell charged in on a lazy kick but couldn't get it to the floor. Araujo tried to drag Mitchell down and deftly locked up a triangle. Mitchell was surviving but Araujo unloaded with elbows to the head. Araujo transitioned to an omoplata. Mitchell escaped and went for his own leg lock. Araujo just gave him a thumbs up and waited it out. They turned it into a slap fight on the ground, which was pretty amusing. 10-9 and 30-27 Araujo. Decent fight though.
Igor Araujo defeats Danny Mitchell by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Round 1 - Silva pressed forward early but ate a big shot from Scott that backed him off a bit. Leg kicks from Silva. Silva shot in on a single and got it to the ground. Scott almost got up but Silva pushed him back down and moved right to mount. Scott ate a few punches but got back to half guard, then got up. Silva held onto a leg for a while but couldn't get it back down. Silva looked a bit gassed already. Scott stuffed a shot and landed a body shot. Scott got poked in the eye. They got back to it after about a minute and Silva landed a head kick. He grabbed a leg a nd got it to the floor again. 10-9 Silva.
Round 2 - Silva with a capoeira kick that missed badly, but he connected with a wild left. Scott connected with a right and a kick to the body. Another right from Scott. Scott connected with a body kick that Silva thought was low. He begged off while Scott looked confused. The ref didn't step in, but Scott wouldn't attack. Finally they went at it and Scott started beating Silva up. Silva tried to pull guard but Scott wasn't having any of that. He scored with a big right, but Silva came back with a big knee up the middle. Right hook from Scott, and he stuffed a Silva shot. Silva was totally gassed but Scott was only landing single shots on him. 10-9 Scott.
Round 3 - Silva with a single but he couldn't get it to the floor. Big straight right from Scott. Another finger to the eye from Silva. Silva looked for a takedown on the restart and got it. Scott got up quickly but Silva took his back. He got up too high though, and Scott dumped him off. Silva immediately went for a kneebar but couldn't get anything. Silva ended up on top in half guard. Scott got back to his feet with 30 seconds to go, but Silva managed to tie him up for the rest of the fight. I have it 10-9 and 29-28 for Silva.
Claudio Silva defeats Brad Scott by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Round 1 - It looks like a light heavyweight fighting a bantamweight in there, but Nilsson wasn't backing down. He came at Barnatt with kicks and did his best to get around Barnatt's jab. Nilsson pressured him with some big shots that had Barnatt backing off. So many jabs. Inside leg kick and left hook from Nilsson. Big high kick and right hook from Barnatt. Nilsson was rocked with a head kick that he partially blocked. Barnatt attacked and busted him with a huge knee to the head. That ended the fight.
Luke Barnatt defeats Mats Nilsson by TKO (strikes), 4:24 of round 1
Round 1 - Lots of feints and stance switches to start, but no strikes for the first 70 seconds. Yeah. Finally Latifi shot in and got it to the floor. Latifi looked for a D'Arce choke but couldn't lock it up. He tried for the choke again and it looked tight. He ragdolled Diabate around and cranked on his neck until Diabate was forced to tap. Wow that's a strong man.
Ilir Latifi defeats Cyrille Diabate by submission (head squeeze), 3:02 of round 1