UFC on Fuel TV 5 Results: Power Ranking the Fighters Who Made Their UFC Debuts
UFC on Fuel 5 was a great all-around card and brought us a ton of great fights, but it also provided us with five new faces.
All five men fought on the preliminary card and looked to pick up the most important wins of their respective MMA careers.
Three of the five were successful, and the other two will return to the drawling board to see what they can do differently in their next attempts to win fights inside the Octagon.
Let's take a look back at the five debuts at Saturday's UFC on Fuel 5 card.
5. Tom Watson
Whether we were wrong to hype up Tom Watson or if it was just Octagon jitters, "Kong" wasn't very impressive in his UFC debut.
Watson was defeated by Brad Tavares by decision on the preliminary card. Watson wanted to stay on his feet and strike with Tavares, but right when Watson began to find a rhythm, Tavares would land a takedown.
Don't write off Watson just yet, though. Many fighters have looked bad in their debuts just to return later and make an impact, so keep your eye on Watson at middleweight.
4. Andy Ogle
Andy Ogle wasn't medically cleared to fight on the TUF Finale last June. This time, he was able to come and fight in front of his home country, but he came out empty-handed on the preliminary card against fellow newcomer Akira Corassani.
Ogle took a lot of punishment early and was bloodied after the first round, but he came out strong in Rounds 2 and 3. Ogle was dropped in the second round, however, in what some say was a cheap shot—although I'd disagree.
Ogle shrugged it off and went on to look very impressive in the third and final round, although it wasn't enough, as he lost a split decision. Ogle is a major hit with the UK fanbase, so hopefully the loss doesn't result in him being cut from the UFC.
3. Akira Corassani
Akira Corassani came out firing in his preliminary matchup with Andy Ogle, earning a hard-fought victory in his UFC debut and first official fight in nearly two years.
Corassani landed some big shots in the first round and dropped Ogle with a hook at the end of the second round that drew a loud boo from the UK crowd, as they believed it was a late hit.
Ogle came out in the third and was able to drag Corassani to the ground, landing some big shots of his own. Corassani survived and went on to pick up the split-decision victory.
2. Jimi Manuwa
Poor Kyle Kingsbury. It seems like he always gets thrown to the wolves when the UFC has a new light heavyweight. Nonetheless, Jimi Manuwa might have just destroyed anyone who was in the Octagon with him last night.
Manuwa entered the fight 11-0 and had stopped every one of his opponents. After UFC on Fuel 5, you can add Kingsbury to that list, as Manuwa just destroyed him, resulting in a doctor's stoppage at the end of the second round.
The stoppage was just as described in Kingsbury's post-fight tweet:
I'm excited to see Manuwa in action again.
1. Gunnar Nelson
Talk about a guy who doesn't let hype go to his head.
Every UFC fighter who steps inside the Octagon for the first time has some hype, but fans have been talking about Nelson for some time now and today, he showed why.
Nelson finished Demarques Johnson with a first-round rear-naked choke in their catchweight bout.
Who knows what's next for Nelson, but this man may just have some of the best grappling in the UFC welterweight division, which is saying a lot.
Welcome to the big leagues, Gunnar Nelson.
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