The UFC Stockholm prelims just wrapped up from Sweden with UFC newcomers Sergey Khandozhko and Rostem Akman going the full fifteen-minutes. The bout was pretty competitive throughout. Khandozhko scored a first-round knockdown, but neither man really took over. When the dust settled, it was Khandozhko who walked away with the unanimous decision. Before that, the UFC’s #13 ranked women’s bantamweight Lina Lansberg upset the #12 ranked Tonya Evinger in a unanimous decision. Sweden’s own Lansberg landed tons and tons of ground strikes en route to two 30-26’s and a 3-27 on the scorecards. Lansberg has now alternated wins and losses in all six of her UFC bouts.
After nearly three-years away from the sport, UFC veteran Leonardo Santos scored a one-punch walk off knockout on Stevie Ray in less than half of a round. Immediately following the win, Santos ran out of the Octagon and all the way into the back. There might be a fine for that. Santos has now gone 12-fights without tasting defeat, including finishes over Tony Martin and Kevin Lee. Another outstanding performance on the card came when Frank Camacho stopped Nick Hein with a standing TKO in the second round. Camacho finds himself back in the win column, snapping a two-fight losing skid while Hein has now lost three-straight.
Another bright moment on the card was when Sweden’s own Bea Malecki made good on her UFC debut with a second round submission of Duda Santana. Since her TUF 28 appearance is considered an exhibition bout, her official MMA record improves to 2-0. Opening up the event in style, Joel Alvarez displayed some beautiful technique when he swept Danilo Belluardo from the bottom, and then proceeded to pound him out for the second round TKO stoppage. This marks the first UFC win of Alvarez’s career as he moves to 1-1 within the promotion.
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Sergey Khandozhko def. Rostem Akman by unanimous decision (29-28 x3): Welterweight
Akman tried to get the fight to the ground right away, but Khandozhko was able to remain vertical. Khandozhko began sneaking in single strikes, landing and getting out of the way. Akman kept up with his pressure and started tagging Khandozhko with his hands. Akman stayed with his pressure boxing in the second frame, but Khandozhko found his groove. He threw a smooth combo with a left hook dropping Akman. Khandozhko followed his foe to the floor, but Akman recovered and scrambled back to his feet. Akman went on to finish up the round in top position.
Akman pressed his opponent against the cage early in the final round, but wasn’t able to produce a takedown. Khandozhko went for the takedown himself, but that just resulted in Akman finding his own. His takedown was short-lived, but he went right back to it to put Khandozhko on the mat. Back in open space, Khandozhko wobbled his opponent with a hard punch just before the bell sounded.
A lovely combo punctuates round 2️⃣!— UFC (@ufc) June 1, 2019
How do you have it scored? #UFCStockholm pic.twitter.com/lGtT7OGF8d
Lina Lansberg def. Tonya Evinger by unanimous decision (30-26 x2, 30-27): (W) Bantamweight
Evinger shoved Lansberg up against the fence and stalled her out to open up the match. Lansberg struggled to get off of the cage, but was able to cut open Evinger around her left eye. Lansberg flipped the script and hit a takedown herself. She unloaded some savage ground and pound as time ticked away.
Lansberg started the second round hot, but Evinger was able to push her up against the cage again. This time, Evinger found the takedown. She controlled for a bit, but Lansberg ultimately reversed the position. Lots of strikes poured down for Lansberg with Evinger trapped on the bottom. Evinger tried to pin her opponent against the fence again, but Lansberg did it to her first. Lansberg chipped away with knees to the body and Evinger found herself stuck in a disadvantageous position. Evinger botched a throw, giving up top position. Lansberg pounded away as time ran out.
That's how you end a round!— UFC (@ufc) June 1, 2019
WOW! #UFCStockholm pic.twitter.com/jMwOiuDp3B
They call her 'The Elbow Queen' for a reason!— UFC (@ufc) June 1, 2019
@LinaLansberg. #UFCStockholm pic.twitter.com/Yap0g7CfJP
Leonardo Santos def. Stevie Ray by KO at 2:17 of round 1: Lightweight
Santos came out throwing kicks, both to the legs and body. Just when it seemed like the match was heating up, Santos landed a heavy counter right hand that put Ray out cold. Instead of following up with unnecessary damage, Santos walked off like a boss.
No... reallly... he walked off. #UFCStockholm pic.twitter.com/7ZJGdXPuVa— UFC (@ufc) June 1, 2019
WALK OFF! #UFCStockholm pic.twitter.com/GeeordAkvH— UFC (@ufc) June 1, 2019
Frank Camacho def. Nick Hein by TKO at 4:56 of round 2: Lightweight
Hein used his hands to set up grappling exchange, but Camacho avoided the ground and returned to open space. Camacho began lighting up the midsection of Hein with body kicks. Camacho knocked Hein off balance with a punch early in the second round, but it was more of a slip than anything. The volume of Camacho started to add up and the left arm of Hein was tenderized from him eating the body kicks. Camacho never let up. He poured it on as Hein began to wilt. Blow after blow landed and Hein was out on his feet. The referee had seen enough and stepped in to stop it.
Poured it on!@CrankEffect gets the win here at #UFCStockholm. pic.twitter.com/qOOSWJeLy0— UFC (@ufc) June 1, 2019
Bea Malecki def. Duda Santana by submission (RNC) at 1:59 of round 2: (W) Featherweight
The featherweights went right to work, exchange clean punching combinations in the middle of the Octagon. Santana switched gears and realized a takedown. Malecki was able to scramble back to her feet after fighting off a few more takedowns. She even began to score with some labored volume before the round expired.
The second round saw Santana on a mission to get the fight to the ground. She was able to press her foe against the cage, but gave up the top position while attempting a throw. Malecki made the most of the moment. She transitioned to the back and sniffed out a rear-naked choke.
Devin Clark def. Darko Stosic by unanimous decision (29-28 x3): Light Heavyweight
Clark floored his opponent with a jab within the opening minute of the fight. He followed his foe to the floor, but Stosic did a sound job of tying up and preventing Clark from dropping any damage. Stosic made his way back to his feet and wobbled Clark with a bolo of his own. Clark responded with a spinning backfist that hit its mark to gain back some respect in what was a highly competitive round.
Clark let off some volume in the second round, to which Stosic pressed forward like the terminator, vocally telling Clark to, ‘Come! Come!’ Stosic scored a lifting takedown to take top position towards the end of the round. Clark was unable to return to his feet until the bell sounded. Clark blasted a short lived takedown to start the final act. Stosic began to stuff the following takedown attempts, and then began hunting for his own. Each man landed a few strikes in between the grappling exchanges, with Clark landing more of the volume.
Swinging!— UFC (@ufc) June 1, 2019
This one is shaping up to be a good one as we head to round 2️⃣. #UFCStockholm pic.twitter.com/j2NaQCdknP
Action early!— UFC (@ufc) June 1, 2019
@DarkoStosic92 lands but @BrownBearC responds quickly with a knockdown. #UFCStockholm pic.twitter.com/5ujnTvnnjd
Joel Alvarez def. Danilo Belluardo by TKO at 2:22 of round 2: Lightweight
Alvarez came out and backed up his opposition with volume. Belluardo responded by changing levels and taking the fight to the floor. He really didn’t land a ton of solid ground strikes, but he did keep Alvarez on his back for almost all of three-minutes. Alvarez pressed forward with his volume again in the second round, backing up Belluardo to the fence. Again, Belluardo took advantage of the forward pressure and achieved an early takedown. Alvarez hit a beautiful sweep to take top position, and unloaded an unobstructed barrage of punches. Belluardo was dead to rights and the referee stepped in with the rescue.
VICIOUS GnP!— UFC (@ufc) June 1, 2019
Welcome to the UFC, El Fenomeno! #UFCStockholm pic.twitter.com/ANSA7tKbw9