UFC on Fuel 7: Live Reaction for Every Fight

Nathan McCarter@McCarterNFeatured ColumnistFebruary 16, 2013

UFC on Fuel 7: Live Reaction for Every Fight

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    UFC on Fuel 7 comes to you live from London this Saturday. The main event will see Renan Barao defend his Interim UFC bantamweight championship against Michael McDonald.

    The exciting 12-fight card also features a big fight in the featherweight division. Contenders Cub Swanson and Dustin Poirier square off in an attempt to thrust their names in to the title discussion.

    Stay with us for live reactions from UFC on Fuel.

    Quick Results:

    Renan Barao defeats Michael McDonald via submission (arm-triangle) at 3:57 of the fourth round

    Cub Swanson defeats Dustin Poirier by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

    Jimi Manuwa defeats Cyrille Diabate by TKO (injury) at 5:00 of the first round.

    Gunnar Nelson defeats Jorge Santiago by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

    James Te-Huna defeats Ryan Jimmo by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)

    Matthew Riddle defeats Che Mills by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

    Renee Forte defeats Terry Etim by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

    Danny Castillo defeats Paul Sass by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

    Andy Ogle defeats Josh Grispi by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

    Tom Watson defeats Stanislav Nedkov by TKO at 4:42 of the second round

    Vaughan Lee defeats Motonobu Tezuka by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

    Phil Harris defeats Ulysses Gomez by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Interim UFC Bantamweight Championship: Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald

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    Round 1

    Barao opens with a spinning back kick that misses. Barao shoots in and takes McDonald down. McDonald gets to full guard. McDonald pushes Barao off and pops back up. Barao comes forward and McDonald counters. Neither fighter lands, but they are not afraid to mix it up early. Barao shoots in again, but this time McDonald stuffs the attempt. McDonald lands a left. He buckles Barao! Barao lands shots of his own as he is grappling with McDonald. Barao takes McDonald down.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Barao.

    Round 2

    Slower start to the second. Each man has tasted the power of the other. Barao shoots in, grabs a leg, and gets McDonald down. McDonald gets right back up after an upkick. Barao tries to throw a combination, but McDonald was too far out. Barao stops the action to check on McDonald after a poke, but we are back to fighting. Barao lands a solid right as McDonald comes forward. Punch-kick combination lands from Barao. Barao lands a front kick. Barao throws a leg kick, but McDonald catches it and throws a counter of his own. Barao lands during the exchange in the final seconds of the round.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Barao.

    Round 3

    McDonald getting more aggressive in the third. Knee to McDonald, and Barao throws wildly afterwards. Good right finds its mark by Barao, and he closes the distance to get his hands on McDonald. Barao puts McDonald on his back and is in side control. McDonald throws Barao off and stands up. McDonald lands, and Barao answers. Action slows a bit later this round. They have to conserve energy for the championship rounds. Spinning back kick hits McDonald's chin.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Barao.

    Round 4

    Barao lands a left on the outset of the fourth. Barao shoots in, but easily stuffed by McDonald. A short burst of strikes from both men. Fast exchange. Wild exchange by both men again. The crowd claps, but nothing landed. Another spinning back kick glances McDonald. Barao gets McDonald down and goes for an arm-triangle choke! McDonald taps!

    Barao defeats McDonald via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:57 of the fourth round

    Fantastic fight and spectacular finish. This fight will go a long way in McDonald's development and he will be back in a title fight in the near future. As for Barao, a great tactical performance. The takedowns worked early, then he began to find his range in striking, and eventually worked the submission.

    Barao versus Cruz is going to be spectacular. I would love to see that be live and free on FOX.

Cub Swanson vs. Dustin Poirier

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    Round 1

    Poirier throwing a lot of leg kicks early. Swanson throwing power early, but Poirier covers up well. Poirier drives for a takedown, but Swanson defends well. Nice punch and kick combination from Poirier. A counter lands from Poirier. Swanson goes for a high kick, and Poirier tries to take him down off of him but Swanson stays on his feet. Swanson clips Poirier with an uppercut! Swanson turns up the pressure. Poirier takes Swanson down. Fun first round.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Swanson.

    Round 2

    Swanson digs to the body. Nice body kick by Poirier. They keep exchanging, but both are defending well. Poirier tries to get a takedown, but Swanson has none of that. Swanson gets his attention with a right. Swanson tries a spinning back fist, and Poirier changes levels for the takedown. Swanson uses the omaplata to stand back up. Poirier throws a solid combination, but there wasn't a lot of power behind it. He closes the distance on Swanson. Poirier lands again.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Poirier.

    Round 3

    Swanson slips and Poirier rushes forward looking for a double leg. Poirier lands a good combination. Left hand lands from Poirier. Straight right finds a home on Swanson's face. Swanson takes Poirier down! Swanson takes Poirier's back. Half of the round is gone. Swanson stays on top and ends up in mount! Swanson backs up and lands some ground and pound, but Poirier gets to his feet. Swanson throws Poirier! The fight ends with Swanson working on a submission, Poirier escaping, and diving into Swanson's guard with strikes.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Swanson, and the fight 29-28 Swanson.

    Swanson defeats Poirier by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

    A fun, competitive fight. Both fighters have improved. Personally, this is the fight that makes me a believer in Swanson's maturation as a fighter. Standing, wrestling, and jiu-jitsu was on full display. He even tossed in a bit of Judo. Swanson is not the next in line for a title shot, but he will definitely be involved in a contender's bout soon.

Jimi Manuwa vs. Cyrille Diabate

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    Round 1

    Manuwa is the aggressive one to begin, but that is to be expected. Diabate is a counter-striker. They clinch and Diabate moves Manuwa's back to the fence. Diabate throws a knee, and Manuwa catches it and takes Diabate down. That is bad news for Diabate. Thus far Diabate is doing a good job of not giving Manuwa space to reign down blows. Diabate gets back up. Manuwa puts Diabate down again by catching the leg, but this time he doesn't go to the mat. Good knee from Diabate lands. Solid inside elbow. Manuwa turns up the pressure and pace. Diabate with a big knee to the gut of Manuwa, but Manuwa takes him down. Close round.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-10.

    Between rounds the ringside doctor takes a look at Diabate who was in pain. Some sort of injury to his lower left leg has put a stop to this bout.

    Manuwa defeats Diabate by TKO (injury) in between the first and second rounds.

    Not much to break down with this fight. The second and third rounds would have told us more about the fighters, but an injury halts it. Here is to hoping it is not too serious and Diabate can return soon.

Gunnar Nelson vs. Jorge Santiago

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    Round 1

    Santiago lands a good straight punch right away. Santiago lands a knee. Nelson tries a sidekick. Santiago is just a fraction off from ending this fight with a massive punch. Nelson shoots in and takes Santiago to the mat. The real games have begun. Santiago gets back to his feet. Nelson looks for a takedown as the first round ends. Close round.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Santiago.

    Round 2

    Good straight left from Nelson. Nelson swings with some looping shots, but they are largely blocked. Nelson gets Santiago down. Good shots from Nelson land. A left finds its mark. Santiago can't take many of those while on his back. More solid ground and pound from Nelson. He mounts. He ends the round landing more good shots.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Nelson.

    Round 3

    Nelson goes in for a takedown, but it is thwarted. Santiago is opening up a bit more in this round. Half the round has went by, but we do not have as much action as before. Santiago lands a right. Nelson lands an uppercut, and Santiago lands a right. Santiago is exhausted. Nelson lands again. Santiago keeps pushing forward, but most strikes miss.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Nelson, and the fight 29-28 Nelson.

    Nelson defeats Santiago by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

    This was a good performance from Nelson, but it also showed a lot of holes he will need to fix moving forward. Specifically, his striking defense. He spent a good portion of the fight with his hands low. That won't get it down against the elite of the division. Nelson defeating someone the caliber of Santiago is big for his development as a fighter.

James Te-Huna vs. Ryan Jimmo

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    Round 1

    Te-Huna drives Jimmo to the fence. The referee breaks them. Jimmo lands a head kick and jumps for the finish. Big ground and pound. Punches and elbows. Te-Huna surviving is incredible in its own right. Wow! Te-Huna goes for a guillotine, but Jimmo is out of his easily. One hell of a half a round. Jimmo in side control. Jimmo is being more selective now, but still lands a good elbow.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Jimmo.

    Round 2

    Te-Huna tries to trip Jimmo down on the mat, but Jimmo stays upright. Jimmo has a bodylock on Te-Huna, and tries a trip of his own. It had the same success rate as Te-Huna's. Te-Huna finally gets Jimmo on his back. Te-Huna tied the crucifix position. Te-Huna lands some big shots on the ground. Jimmo is covering up. Jimmo tries an upkick, but it fails.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Te-Huna.

    Round 3

    Jimmo moves Te-Huna against the fence. Jimmo tries for a takedown, but Te-Huna defends. Te-Huna digs under for the underhooks and reverses position. Te-Huna breaks and they are at distance again. Te-Huna moves Jimmo to the fence. Jimmo reverses. Te-Huna gets the takedown. With just two minutes left that was very big. Te-Huna landing some good shots and keeps Jimmo on his back.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Te-Huna, and the fight 29-28 Te-Huna.

    Te-Huna defeats Jimmo by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)

    After a near stoppage in the first round, Te-Huna fired back to win the next two frames. If judges were more liberal with 10-8 rounds then this could have easily been a draw. Te-Huna showed the ability to take punishment, survive, and storm back. Quality stuff and easily the best fight thus far.

Che Mills vs. Matthew Riddle

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    Round 1

    Riddle goes for the takedown. Riddle moves Mills against the fence. Riddle completes the takedown as he drives through Mills. Mills works back to his feet, but Riddle stays attached to him. They separate and get back to distance where Mills can do his work. Riddle grabs a single again, and he takes Mills back to the mat but only briefly. Low inside leg kick from Mills. Riddle lands a right, and Mills answers. Riddle clinches. Riddle fighting for the takedown and gets it. Riddle rides out the rest of the round on top.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Riddle.

    Round 2

    They touch gloves to start the round. Body kick from Riddle and then shoots in. Mills tries a kick and ends up on bottom with Riddle in north-south position. Riddle moves to side control. Riddle maintains his position while peppering Mills with tiny punches. Riddle lands solid knees to the body. Riddle moves to mount, and has Mills' back. Mills cannot get back to his feet and it will force him to go for the finish in the third round.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Riddle.

    Round 3

    Mills lands some strikes, and Riddle answers. They are starting to brawl a little bit now. Dangerous territory for Riddle. Riddle changes levels and grabs a leg. Mills tries to hit a switch, but Riddle has none of it. Mills sprawls and avoids the takedown in the third. He needs to separate. Riddle is relentless. Riddle gets Mills down. Nice elbow from Riddle inside Mills' guard. Riddle goes for a Kimura, but Mills sweeps and gets on top. Mills lets Riddle to his feet. The fight ends against the fence.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Riddle, and the fight 30-27 Riddle.

    Riddle defeats Mills by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

    Riddle did not play in to Mills' strengths and made it a point to grapple. Solid fight by Riddle, but sticking to the gameplan was the most impressive part. Riddle continues to mature as a fighter.

Terry Etim vs. Renee Forte

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    Round 1

    Forte charges across the cage and tries a sloppy Superman punch. Etim lands a solid kick to the body. Forte moves forward with some rudimentary striking. They clinch against the fence. A lot of fighting for position going on, but very little offense. Etim continues to use his kicks to establish distance from Forte. Forte wildly closes the distance again. Forte gets a late takedown, but Etim gets back to his feet.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Forte.

    Round 2

    Etim gets the Thai clinch, but Forte smashes him against the fence and he is forced to let it go. They separate and Etim gets tagged by Forte. Forte drops Etim and senses the finish. Etim ties him up in the guard. Forte passing the guard, but stops to drop some heavy shots. Etim has done a swell job surviving, but this has been all Forte. With a bit more damage it could have been a 10-8.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Forte.

    Round 3

    Forte pressing forward to open the third. They clinch against the fence. They are separated after inaction. Etim works the Thai clinch and throws some knees that are blocked, but Forte moves him to the fence and breaks the clinch. Forte gets the takedown with half the round left to work. Forte postures up and starts to pick his shots with under a minute to go. Forte looks quality at lightweight.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Forte, and the fight 30-27 Forte.

    Forte defeats Etim by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

    Forte looks good at 155 pounds and put together a strong performance against the returning Etim. Etim never seemed to get off in his fight. It may be ring rust, or it may be that Forte just was too much for him. We will know more in his next outing, but the focus should be on Forte tonight.

Paul Sass vs. Danny Castillo

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    Round 1

    Sass jumps guard and goes for the triangle immediately. Slam by Castillo, and he is out of the triangle. Sass in full guard. A quick and exciting start to the fight. Castillo now being very careful on the mat, but finds opportunities to throw punches. Sass nearly sweeps Castillo, but the wrestler stays on top. Sass continues to try and use a leglock for a sweep, but it has yet to work. Castillo lands a nice elbow on the ground.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Sass.

    Round 2

    Castillo takes Sass down. Last Call is starting to be more effective with his ground and pound. Sass goes for an armbar, but Castillo gets out of it and goes back to work from top position. The referee stands them up. Sass comes forward and Castillo takes him down. Castillo is doing well to avoid the submissions while dealing out solid ground and pound.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Castillo.

    Round 3

    Sass continues to be aggressive in his striking. Castillo dumps him on the mat as Sass moves forward. Right back to where Castillo has had the advantage all fight. Good elbows from top. Sass attacks from bottom, but Castillo passes in to north-south. Castillo goes to side control and controls the position.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Castillo, and the fight 29-28 Castillo.

    Castillo defeats Sass by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

    Castillo was in trouble in the first round, but his defense was up to the task. From there it was virtually all Castillo. Good wrestling and solid ground and pound gives him the victory. A good victory for Last Call.

Andy Ogle vs. Josh Grispi

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    Round 1

    Grispi gets the takedown and immediately goes for a submission. Grispi transitions to a triangle. Ogle slams him, but it is locked in. Ogle lands a couple hard punches while caught in the triangle. Ogle landing shot after shot against the fence. Grispi is limited in his movement being pressed against the fence, but he is not giving up the triangle. Ogle is out of danger and on top.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Ogle.

    Round 2

    Ogly lands a left hook as the second round opens up. Grispi nearly gets Ogle's back, but Ogle ends up taking his. Grispi having problems with Ogle's grappling. That is not a good sign for him. Ogle now in half-guard. Grispi tries to stand, but Ogle jumps on his back.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Ogle.

    Round 3

    Grispi gets hurt by a leg kick, and Ogle takes him down. Grispi goes for a guillotine, but it wasn't close. Ogle working from top. This is pretty much academic from here. Grispi cannot get Ogle off of him, and it will be his fourth consecutive UFC loss.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Ogle, and the fight 30-27 Ogle.

    Ogle defeats Grispi by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

    Grispi deserves a pink slip, but this was about Ogle's performance. Solid all the way through and his first inside the Octagon.

Tom Watson vs. Stanislav Nedkov

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    Round 1

    Watson comes forward as the aggressor to start the fight. Watson utilizes the Thai clinch and moves Nedkov against the fence. Watson putting a lot of pressure on Nedkov early. Nice elbow. Good knees from Watson. He is giving Nedkov no space and beating up his body with knees. Nedkov firing back in the final minute of the round. He puts Watson down and is firing away with heavy ground and pound. He is landing heavy shots on the ground.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Nedkov.

    Round 2

    Nedkov bullies the takedown and Watson pops up. Nedkov immediately puts him right back on the canvas and starts dropping shots. They are back up. Watson gets the Thai clinch and starts throwing knees again. Nedkov drops for a takedown, and Watson is put down. Watson is back up and works Nedkov's body. This is back and forth action. Knee from Watson lands and he starts pouring it on. Knees and elbows continue to find their mark. Watson backs away and starts punching. He drops Nedkov and closes the fight out. Big performance from Watson.

    Watson defeats Nedkov by TKO at 4:42 of the second round.

    A solid performance by Watson, but he still has a lot of wrestling to work on. Nedkov was able to take him down with relative ease in this fight. However, the W is all that matters and Watson picked it up.

Vaughan Lee vs. Motonobu Tezuka

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    Round 1

    Lee snaps off a quick inside leg kick for the first offense of the fight. Tezuka closes the distance and pushes Lee against the fence. The eventually separate out of the stalemate. Lee lands on Tezuka, and they end up against the fence again. Tezuka is having a hard time taking Lee to the mat. Not much offense in this position, and the referee separates them. Tezuka shoots in again, but Lee defends.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Lee.

    Round 2

    Tezuka and Lee end up in a scramble a minute in to the round, and Lee is on top. Tezuka attacks a leg, and Lee defends. Lee gets out of danger and is on Tezuka's back. Tezuka gets back to his feet while going for a takedown, and he puts Lee on his butt. Lee works back to his feet. Tezuka goes for another takedown, and briefly ends up on bottom before they close the round clinched.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Tezuka.

    Round 3

    Solid jab from Lee. Tezuka goes for a takedown again. Eventually Tezuka backs away and they are back at distance. Tezuka shoots in again. The referee separates them. 90 seconds and this is anyone's fight. Tezuka one more time. And again. This round is almost worth a deduction in points.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-10, and the fight 29-29.

    Lee defeats Tezuka by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

    This was boring.

Phil Harris vs. Ulysses Gomez

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    Round 1

    Gomez opens up with a couple leg kicks. Opening minute passes without much action. A feeling out process is going on. A leg kick finds a different part of Harris' anatomy and the fight is briefly stopped so that Harris can compose himself. Harris takes advantage of the leg kicks and puts Gomez on his back. Gomez isn't there for long and he pops back up. Strong leg kick from Gomez. Harris catches another kick, but Gomez stays upright. Harris lands a nice inside leg kick of his own, but Gomez returns with another nice kick. Gomez shoots in, but Harris defends. Gomez with a takedown at the horn.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Gomez.

    Round 2

    Harris is landing leg kicks of his own, but they are not matching the power of Gomez's kicks. Harris cannot get in range to strike effectively. Harris lands a left. Another strong inside leg kick from Gomez. Harris tries to counter off the kick, but nothing doing as Gomez is out of range. Body kick from Gomez is caught, but Harris cannot get him down. Harris with a good shot to the body. Harris is mixing it up well now. Gomez tries a couple flying knees but neither land.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Gomez.

    Round 3

    Gomez and Harris trade a little, and Gomez closes the distance to attempt a takedown. Harris easily defends. Halfway through the round and little action has taken place. Another leg kick from Gomez lands. Right hand from Harris lands over the top. Harris lands a left and Gomez staggers backwards. It seemed he was more off-balance than anything else, but it will still look for for Harris. Harris finishing stronger than Gomez. How the second round was scored may be the difference in the fight.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Harris, and the fight 29-28 Gomez.

    Harris defeats Gomez by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

    This looked like a very exciting fight on paper, but it sure did not play out that way. Gomez looked solid, but did not do much outside of landing strong leg kicks. Harris was the more diverse fighter on the feet, and he could not get inside enough to really do damage. It would have been nice to seen some ground work.

    I am not sure about those 30-27 cards.


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