Jimi Manuwa and Gunnar Nelson score big wins, Brad Pickett loses retirement fight
UFC Fight Night 107 is in the books. Jimi Manuwa ended the event with an exclamation mark, knocking out Corey Ander emphatically. Moments earlier Gunnar Nelson took out Alan Jouban, setting up the fight-ending submission with a series of strikes that tore down the defenses of his opponent. Also of note, Brad Pickett nearly wrote the ideal end to his MMA story, but was victimized by a Marlon Vera high-kick with just over a minute to go in his send-off fight, losing a bout that he easily led on the cards. Check out the quick results below for a summary of the day's action, or scroll down to read Bleacher Report's full play-by-play coverage.
- March 18, 2017
UFC Fight Night 107 Quick Results
Main Card on UFC Fight Pass
Jimi Manuwa def. Corey Anderson, knockout (Round 1, 3:05) Gunnar Nelson def. Alan Jouban, submission (Round 2, 0:46) Marlon Vera def. Brad Pickett, TKO (Round 3, 3:50) Arnold Allen def. Makwan Amirkhani, split-decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
Prelims on UFC Fight Pass
Joseph Duffy def. Reza Madadi, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Francimar Barroson def. Darren Stewart, unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Timothy Johnson def. Daniel Omielanczuk, split-decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28) Leon Edwards def. Vicente Luque, unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Marc Diakiese def. Teemu Packalen, knockout (Round 1, 0:30) Bradley Scott def. Scott Askham, split-decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28) Lina Lansberg def. Lucie Pudilova, unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Pickett Says Farewell
Pickett Was Visibly Close to an Ideal Send Off
Here's confirmation that makes his defeat a little more heart-wrenching.
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Manuwa in the aftermath of his brutal KO.
Move Over McGregor and Mayweather
Manuwa (halfheartedly) calls out boxer David Haye...
Jimi Manuwa Def. Corey Anderson, Knockout (Round 1, 3:05)
Jimi Manuwa vs. Corey Anderson: Round 1
Manuwa takes the center of the Octagon, making Anderson circle to perimeter. The American grabs for a leg but doesn't commit to the takedown. Manuwa slides a right hand past his opponent's guard, but eats a pair of punches a few moments later. Anderson creates a scramble, but he's not able to complete the takedown. Manuwa smashes Anderson with a massive left hand. Anderson is out before he hits the mat.
Jimi Manuwa vs. Corey Anderson
Nelson Finish with the Choke...
But he set the finish up with his strikes. Afterwards, he touts the value of versatility inside the Octagon.
Gunnar Nelson Def. Alan Jouban, Submission (Round 2, 0:46)
Gunnar Nelson vs. Alan Jouban: Round 2
Jouban blitzes, looking to get back into the fight. Nelson covers up and avoids the brunt of the damage. Nelson smashes him with a right hand that puts Jouban on wobbly legs. He adds a headkick, then pounces on his opponent, wrapping his arms around his neck. Defenseless, Jouban gives in and taps.
Gunnar Nelson vs. Alan Jouban: Round 1
Jouban lands a leg-kick early, but keeps a measured distance through the opening minute of the bout. Nelson catches him with a right hand and starts working on the takedown. Jouban defends and backs out. The men skirmish for a minute or so before Nelson manages to complete a takedown. He moves to side-control and goes to work from there. Now in the mount, Nelson searches for ways to inflict damage. Jouban defends well and survives until the end of the round.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Nelson
Gunnar Nelson vs. Alan Jouban
Vera scores a beautiful headkick TKO.
And So Ends the Career of Brad Pickett
It certainly didn't end the way he wanted, but Hardy reassured him that he leaves a winner, pointing to his legion of fans as proof of that.
The Fight Was Going to Script
Until Vera nearly took Pickett's head off with a kick. Pickett was just over a minute away from a pretty clear decision win.
Marlon Vera Def. Brad Pickett, TKO (Round 3, 3:50)
Brad Pickett vs. Marlon Vera: Round 3
Vera sticks Pickett with a pair of straight punches before hopping into the air for another landed knee. Vera keeps the pressure on, but Pickett stands his ground, leading to a series of exchanges. Pickett manages to land a snapping uppercut before Vera attacks the body with a couple of kicks. A big headkick from Vera lands clean on the side of Pickett's face. He hits the canvas and Vera jumps in for the finish. The referee jumps in to save Pickett, who immediately protests the stoppage.
Brad Pickett vs. Marlon Vera: Round 2
Vera lands a knee early on. He's found success with that strike in this one. Pickett wraps his hands around Vera's waist dumps him onto the mat with another powerful takedown. This time Pickett is able to stay in top-position for a significant time. He lands several punches and mixes in some elbows, operating from the guard. Vera threatens with a submission from the bottom, which proves enough to persuade Pickett to allow him back to his feet. Vera spends the final minute touching up Pickett's leg with kicks, while Pickett manages a few punches to the face.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Pickett
Brad Pickett vs. Marlon Vera: Round 1
The fighters exchange and find themselves knotted in a clinch against the fence. Pickett rips Vera off his feet and plunges him to the canvas. Vera fights his way up quickly and trades punches with Pickett. Vera scores with a knee, but soon after absorbs a left hook that results in a flash knockdown. Pickett initially looks to pursue, but sees that Vera has recovered and the action drops to a simmer. Vera again lands a knee and finishes the round with a few kicks.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Pickett
Brad Pickett vs. Marlon Vera
Both men had their moments, but the young Brit looked especially good.
Arnold Allen Def. Makwan Amirkhani, Split-Decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
Arnold Allen vs. Makwan Amirkhani: Round 3
Allen looks more energetic coming out for the final round. He emphatically shuts down a takedown attempt and cracks Amirkhani with a left hand. Amirkhani shoots again and this time makes some progress. Allen stays on his knees and works to his feet with the help of the fence. Allen completes a throw, but cannot consolidate the top. A long scramble ensues, Amirkhani ending up in half-guard, then full-guard. In a baffling decision, the referee stands the fighters up almost immediately. Allen, the beneficiary of the ineptitude, uses the gift to take Amirkhani down. He ends the fight on his opponent's back.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Allen Bleacher Report scores the fight: 29-28 Allen
Arnold Allen vs. Makwan Amirkhani: Round 2
Amirkhani completes an early takedown and searches for a choke. He loses it, and with it, top-position. Allen winds up in half-guard, then makes it to mount, dropping heavy fire from above. Amirkhani escapes the mount, but Allen continues to land from on top. Back up, Amirkhani lands a right hand. He shoots from a mile out, but still gets top-position after Allen reaches for and loses a guillotine. Allen recovers full-guard before the round ends.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Allen
Arnold Allen vs. Makwan Amirkhani: Round 1
Amirkhani rushes out, jumping up for a knee. Allen sidesteps it and we settle into a more traditional rhythm. Amirkhani shoots and takes Allen down, but the Englishman manages to fight up. Momentarily. Amirkhani dumps him right back down and looks for a choke, which he loses. Allen fights up and scores a trip and works some short punches before Amirkhani works to his feet to take his turn scoring a takedown. Allen stands and turns his opponent to the fence. The men battle for position there until they are reset by the referee. Amirkhani scores with a right hand, but Allen finishes strong.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Amirkhani
Arnold Allen vs. Makwan Amirkhani
Duffy's Performance Was Impressive
He controlled almost every second of the fight and showed flashes of brilliance. He looks well set up to resume his run of the rankings.
Joe Duffy Def. Reza Madadi, Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Joseph Duffy vs. Reza Madadi: Round 3
Duffy continues his methodical, measure attack, putting his one-two to use again. Madadi halfheartedly grabs for his opponent's legs a couple of times, but makes no progress with the takedown. Duffy punishes him with a stepping jab after creating separation. Madadi seems to have no answer, every time he takes a step forward he runs into Duffy's fist. He finally manages to get a jab through, but Duffy corks him with a left to the body, then goes upstairs for a pair of additional successes.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Duffy Bleacher Report scores the fight: 30-27 Duffy
Joseph Duffy vs. Reza Madadi: Round 2
Duffy pressures Madadi to the perimeter of the cage, leading with his jab. He mixes in some kicks, putting Madadi in trouble. Duffy flurries, pauses and flurries again. Madadi, sensing trouble, looks for a takedown, but can't complete it. Duffy resumes the assault, pumping a beautiful one-two that snaps Madadi's head back twice. Madadi changes levels for a takedown, but he can't keep Duffy down. The Irishman continues tag his opponent, using straight punches to set up kicks and knees.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Duffy
Joseph Duffy vs. Reza Madadi: Round 1
Madadi lands a knee to the ribs as he creates separation from Duffy. Duffy answers with a kick and right hand before Madadi takes him to the mat. Duffy is able to reverse position and establish himself in the half-guard. He makes it to side-control and lands a hard knee to the ribs of his counterpart, but is quickly sent back to the half, then eventually full-guard. Duffy postures there and lands a few clean punches. Madadi threatens with a guillotine, but Duffy breaks out and connects with a series of elbows that open up a gash on Madadi's forehead.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Duffy
Joseph Duffy vs. Reza Madadi
The Summary of the Fight...
Stewart was drawn into grappling exchanges in Round 2 and emerged from the battle far more fatigued than his foe.
Francimar Barroso Def. Darren Stewart, Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Darren Stewart vs. Francimar Barroso: Round 3
The first minute passes without action, Barroso finally landing a right hand in response to calls for action from the official. Barroso answers the next summons, punching his way into the clinch, where he seeks a takedown. Stewart defends to stay upright then fights off the fence. Barroso welcomes him with a kick to the face. Stewart pushes forward, looking to recapture the momentum, but Barroso stems the tide by forcing a clinch. Stewart scores with two punches, looking to finish strong. He shoots, but Barroso defends.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Barroso Bleacher Report scores the fight: 29-28 Barroso
Darren Stewart vs. Francimar Barroso: Round 2
Barroso, who finished Round 1 strong, opens the second frame with a pair of hard kicks. He then completes another couple of takedowns, but Stewart climbs up after each one. Barroso continues to drag Stewart down, Stewart stands and the process repeats. The attrition seems to have worn both fighters out, the pace slowing to reflect the fatigue. When the referee separates them, both walk off breathing heavy. Barroso lands a nice kick before the round concludes in the clinch.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Barroso
Darren Stewart vs. Francimar Barroso: Round 1
Stewart changes levels when Borroso attacks and takes him down emphatically. Stewart opts to stand and allow Borroso back to his feet. After a break from a lowblow expires, Borroso hits Stewart with a nice leg-kick. Stewart retaliates with a flurry near the edge of the cage then ties Borroso up. The men split, allowing Borroso to land a nice straight right hand and a leg-kick. The Brazilian manages a takedown before the horn sounds, but Stewart works partway up and runs out the clock leaning on the fence.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Stewart
Darren Stewart vs. Francimar Barroso
The Microphone Died During the Post-fight Interview
It still showed more life than the fight it followed.
Timothy Johnson Def. Daniel Omielanczuk, Split-Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Daniel Omielanczuk vs. Timothy Johnson: Round 3
Johnson wastes no time taking Omielanczuk right back to the fence. Omielanczuk defends the takedown, but he's unable to get off of the fence. He does manage to spin Johnson to the cage, but when he takes a turn looking for a takedown he is easily rebuffed and turned around. The referee resets the men in the center of the cage. Johnson lands a pair of right hands back enroute to the fence. The action remains there until another intervention from the ref. Omielanczuk connects with a left hand, then shifts to a takedown that sees him turned back onto the fence.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Johnson Bleacher Report scores the fight: 30-27 Johnson
Daniel Omielanczuk vs. Timothy Johnson: Round 2
Omielanczuk lands a right hand that he follows with a hard leg-kick. Johnson resumes his strategy of pinning Omielanczuk to the fence and battering him with pestering punches. After regaining space, Omielanczuk wings a hard left hand that lands nicely. Johnson once again charges and pins Omielanczuk back against the chain-links. He finally manages to work Omielanczuk to the mat, working from half-guard. Omielanczuk works back to his feet, but cannot get off the fence before the horn sounds.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Johnson
Daniel Omielanczuk vs. Timothy Johnson: Round 1
Omielanczuk gets to Johnson a couple times in the early going, landing a leg-kick and uppercut to the chin. Omielanczuk continues to move in and out expertly, connecting with shots and retreating before the counter comes. Johnson finally manages to pen his opponent in against the fence, but he makes little progress with his takedown. Johnson is able to land some short punches before the action is reset by the referee. Johnson rushes Omielanczuk again and the pair spend the final minute on the cage.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Johnson
Daniel Omielanczuk vs. Timothy Johnson
Edwards Calls Out Cowboy Cerrone After the Win
The matchup would mark the most important fight of his career, but after a strong performance today, he is well deserving of a step up in competition.
Leon Edwards Def. Vincente Luque, Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Leon Edwards vs. Vicente Luque: Round 3
Luque looks to score an early takedown, but he's reversed, Edwards nearly taking his back. Luque manages to stand, but he's immediately met with a barrage of punches. Edwards gifts a breather to Luque by clinching up, but eventually breaks off and slams him with another combination. Once again Edwards breaks his string of success with a takedown attempt that fizzles out on the fence. Luque digs a hook to the body, looking to rally late. Both guys look to have little left, but Edwards ends the bout with a takedown.
Bleacher Report scores Round 3: 10-9 Edwards Bleacher Report scores the fight: 29-28 Edwards
Leon Edwards vs. Vicente Luque: Round 2
The fighters clinch and both look for a takedown. Edwards wraps on a headlock, but Luque escapes before it starts looking more like a choke. Luque spends the next minute looking for a double-leg, but his lack of progress causes the referee to separate the men. Edwards takes advantage of the space by landing a hard bodykick before taking Luque down. He spends about 90 seconds in half-guard before the referee stands them up. Edwards tries to put Luque back down, but his shot is defended this time.
Bleacher Report scores Round 2: 10-9 Edwards
Leon Edwards vs. Vicente Luque: Round 1
The opening exchange sees both men land, but Edwards hits with the cleaner shot, staggering Luque for a moment. Luque takes Edwards down in the next skirmish, but the Englishman pops up immediately. Edwards sets up a bodykick with a jab before Luque tosses him back to the canvas. Edwards recovers guard, but Luque advances and obtains the half. He moves to side-control and looks to set up a choke, but Edwards makes it to the end of the round without falling too deep in danger.
Bleacher Report scores Round 1: 10-9 Luque
Leon Edwards vs. Vicente Luque
Diakiese Is Looking to Build Momentum
I wouldn't imagine there are too many fighters looking at him as an appealing opponent.
A Nasty Kncokout from Diakiese
He follows up with a rousing interview declaring himself the best. If nothing else, the performance definitely marks him as a legitimate future title threat. That combination of speed and power was something to behold.
Marc Diakiese Def. Teemu Packalen, Kockout (Round 1, 0:30)
Marc Diakiese vs. Teemu Packalen: Round 1
Diakiese comes out with a flourish of flamboyant kicks, putting Packalen on the defensive. It's a plain old right hand from Diakiese though, that lands flush on Packalen's face, turning him stiff as a board before collapsing to the mat. That's a wrap.
Marc Diakiese vs. Teemu Packalen
It was a close fight and I'm not sure either guy was confident before the scores were read.