UFC Fight Night 107 Results: The Real Winners and Losers from London
UFC Fight Night 107 may have lacked star power, but it still contained some pretty interesting fighters—and some doggone interesting fights.
The main event of the card, which aired Saturday on UFC Fight Pass, pitted heavy-striking light heavyweight Jimi Manuwa against grinder Corey Anderson. With the card taking place at the O2 Arena in London, Englishman Manuwa was the crowd favorite.
The winner of the bout was looking at a big leap forward in the light heavyweight division, as was the victor in the co-main event, which featured welterweights Alan Jouban and Gunnar Nelson in a striker-grappler matchup.
As noted, there was no big star anchoring the card. But you don't need star power to have a quality card—there was intrigue all up and down the lineup in London, and as usual, the final stat lines only reveal so much. These are the real winners and losers from UFC Fight Night 107.
Full card results appear on the final slide.
Winner: Jimi Manuwa
As Corey Anderson circled away from Jimi Manuwa's heavy right hand, Manuwa showed everyone that his left may be the real hand to fear.
Anderson inadvertently guided himself into a Manuwa left hook, hit the canvas and that was all she wrote. At age 37, Manuwa (17-2) is a bona fide contender in an admittedly thin light heavyweight division.
"Left hand is always the shot," Manuwa told broadcaster Dan Hardy in the cage after the fight. "One shot, one kill. We're ready for everyone in the division. Come on."
To be more specific, Manuwa went on to call out the winner between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson, who fight April 8 for Cormier's belt. (He also called out boxer David Haye, although that seems less likely to materialize.)
Manuwa is currently fourth in the UFC official light-heavyweight rankings. After such an emphatic performance against a tough grinder in Anderson, it may be hard to deny him his title shot.
Loser: Human Emotions
Gunnar Nelson takes a lot of good-natured ribbing for the lack of feeling he displays while fighting—a stark contrast to his heat-seeking submission grappling.
Good thing for Nelson he knows how to dish it out, too.
It wasn't Nelson's grappling that got it done against Jouban (at least not initially) but his striking. He wobbled Jouban with a straight right hand, then felled him with a head kick. Nelson followed Jouban to the ground and locked on a guillotine choke. Jouban soon tapped. The end came just 46 seconds into the second round.
It was the second straight win for the Icelandic welterweight after dropping a late-2015 contest to the great Demian Maia. Nelson remains one of the top 170-pounders in MMA.
Winner: Brad Pickett
With barely more than one minute remaining in their catchweight 140-pound bout, Marlon Vera landed a head kick on Brad Pickett and was able to swarm and get the finish.
It was a particularly noteworthy result because Pickett announced before the fight that he would retire afterward.
In front of his hometown crowd, the Englishman fought back tears as he addressed his fans—and gently chided the referee for what he believed was an early stoppage.
"So much is going on [in my head] right now," Pickett told Hardy in the cage after the fight. "Tonight sums it up for me. I believe I was winning the fight clearly and then I just got caught. To be honest, I'd rather go out stiff and dead than to get stopped. I would've carried on fighting. The referee's got a job to do, but I left it all in there tonight."
Bad stoppage or not, Pickett was hurt when the end came. It's equally true that he retires after a very strong career as a flyweight and bantamweight, with a 25-14 record and five UFC post-fight bonuses.
That go-for-broke style and a humble demeanor earned "One Punch" Pickett plenty of love in England and everywhere else.
"Now it's time to spend some time with my family," he said in the cage. "To the fans, you're not just my fans you're my friends, so thank you."
Loser: Reza Madadi
It started with Reza Madadi's trademark aggression. They don't call him Mad Dog for nothing.
Unfortunately for him, the excitable Iranian-Swede couldn't capitalize on takedowns, and Irishman Joe Duffy took advantage. Duffy peppered Madadi with lightning-quick strikes over three rounds, turning Madadi's face into a bloody mess in the process.
It was only the third fight in two years for the 38-year-old featherweight, and two of those three fights were losses. Although he can probably still draw a UFC paycheck for a while because of his high visibility with fans, that may no longer be guaranteed, and his career, certainly in its later stages, appears to be flagging.
Winner: Marc Diakiese
Like Manuwa in the main event, one punch was all it took for Marc Diakiese. The 24-year-old English featherweight moved to 3-0 in the UFC by stiffening and crumpling Teemu Packalen with a single right hand.
There's not much else to tell because the fight ended in 30 seconds.
Diakiese is certainly a name to remember in the 145-pound division. I'm sure I don't want to fight him.
UFC Fight Night 107 Full Card Results
Jimi Manuwa def. Corey Anderson by KO, 3:05, Rd. 1
Gunnar Nelson def. Alan Jouban by submission (guillotine choke), 0:46, Rd. 2
Marlon Vera def. Brad Pickett by TKO, 3:50, Rd. 3
Arnold Allen def. Makwan Amirkhani by split decision
Joe Duffy def. Reza Madadi by unanimous decision
Francimar Barroso def. Darren Stewart by unanimous decision
Tim Johnson def. Daniel Omielanczuk by split decision
Leon Edwards def. Vicente Luque by unanimous decision
Marc Diakiese def. Teemu Packalen by KO, 0:30, Rd. 1
Brad Scott def. Scott Askham by unanimous decision
Lina Lansberg def. Lucie Pudilova by unanimous decision
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