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UFC Fight Night 41 Results: Winners, Scorecards and Analysis

Feb 15, 2014; Jaragua do Sul, SC, Brazil; Lyoto Machida (red gloves) fights against Gegard Mousasi (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night Machida vs Mousasi at Arena Jaragua. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports
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Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistMay 31, 2014

UFC Fight Night 41 served as Part 1 of a two-event day for the UFC. After a slew of dominating performances from some rising contenders, it's going to be tough for the main course to outdo the appetizer. 

Gegard Mousasi capped the card in Berlin, Germany with a stunning first-round submission victory over fellow middleweight Mark Munoz. Although the card was a matinee affair for American fans, there was no mistaking a main event feel for the 185-pound showdown. 

Mousasi—sitting just outside the Top 10 in the division—made a big statement with the win. He dominated the bout in every facet until sinking in the rear-naked choke that ultimately drew the tap from his opponent. Even UFC President Dana White stood up and took notice:

The win should no doubt place Mousasi in the Top 10 moving forward, and it served as a nice rebound to his decision loss to Lyoto Machida

Mousasi wasn't the only one to take a step forward in Berlin, though. The four-fight main card and six prelim bouts were highlighted by some impressive performances that are sure to drum up some momentum for several contenders.

UFC Fight Night 41 Results
Weight ClassWinnerLoserMethodRoundTime
Main Card
MiddleweightGegard Mousasidef.Mark MuñozSubmission (rear-naked choke)13:57
MiddleweightCB Dollawaydef.Francis CarmontDecision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)35:00
MiddleweightSean Stricklanddef.Luke BarnattDecision (split) (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)35:00
FeatherweightNiklas Bäckströmdef.Tom NiinimäkiSubmission (bulldog choke)14:15
Prelims
LightweightNick Heindef.Drew DoberDecision (unanimous) (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)35:00
MiddleweightMagnus Cedenbladdef.Krzysztof JotkoSubmission (guillotine choke)24:59
BantamweightIuri Alcantaradef.Vaughan LeeTKO (punches)10:25
WelterweightPeter Sobottadef.Pawel PawlakDecision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)35:00
FeatherweightMaximo Blancodef.Andy OgleDecision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)35:00
HeavyweightRuslan Magomedovdef.Viktor PeštaDecision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)35:00
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CB Dollaway Outpoints Francis Carmont

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Coming off a dominant first-round TKO victory over Cezar Ferreira at UFC Fight Night 38, CB Dollaway needed to keep the momentum rolling against 32-year-old Francis Carmont

It wasn't always pretty, but he built his win streak to two. 

The former All-American wrestler grappled his way to dominant positions and into the history books, according to Michael Carroll of FightMetric:

Carmont was able to salvage some moments of the fight. He threatened with a kimura in the second round and shined in the stand-up department. However, it wasn't enough in the eyes of the judges. Dollaway took the bout on all three scorecards.

 

Sean Strickland Earns a Controversial Decision

Markus Schreiber/Associated Press

When Sean Strickland and Luke Barnatt met in the Octagon, one fighter had to experience his first loss. Unfortunately, it wasn't clear who should have had that dubious distinction added to his record.

Strickland and Barnatt engaged in a back-and-forth bout that lacked the action that most fans would expect from two undefeated prospects. Strickland—who usually prefers to use his wrestling—took a rather tentative approach.

While the rangy Barnatt attempted to be aggressive, Strickland preferred to sit back and counter. Ultimately, the judges saw the bout in favor of Strickland, although it wasn't without some confusion from Bleacher Report's Scott Harris:

 

Niklas Backstrom Impresses with Rare Choke

UFC newcomer Niklas Backstrom may not be a well-known commodity to the casual fan yet. But he made "yet" a key word in that sentence with his performance in the main card's first bout against Tom Niinimaki

The 24-year-old Swede whirlwind brought the fight to his opponent and didn't stop until he got the finish. Jordan Breen of Sherdog summed up the stirring performance:

Backstrom's rear-naked choke came from a fairly rare position, as Carroll pointed out:

With his ability to finish fights aggressively, there's no doubt that Backstrom emerged from this event as a prospect to keep an eye on as he progresses up the ladder at featherweight.

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