Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC Fight Night 107: Manuwa vs. Anderson, emanating from The O2 Arena in London, England.
The event is headlined by a five-round bout in the light heavyweight division pitting top-ten ranked fighters against each other as fourth-ranked Jimi Manuwa takes on sixth-ranked Corey Anderson. Both men are looking to score their second straight win and get themselves in the talk for a future title shot in a division that is desperate for fresh title challengers.
In the co-main event, Gunnar Nelson returns to action for the first time in ten months as he looks to put an end to the three-fight win streak of his opponent, Alan Jouban. Also on the main card is the final fight in the career of Brad Pickett as he takes on late replacement Marlon Vera, and featherweight prospects Arnold Allen and Makwan Amirkhani each put their four-fight win streak on the line in the main card opener.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET with preliminary action all the way through the main card.
It was announced before the card started that Ian Entwistle is off the card due to a medical issue so the scheduled fight between he and Brett Johns has been cancelled.
They also announced that the Tom Breese/Oluwale Bamgbose fight is also off due to Breese being "unfit to fight".
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> Lina Lansberg (6-2, 0-1 UFC) vs. Lucie Pudilova (6-1, 0-0 UFC)
This is a rematch of a 2011 bout that Lansberg won via 3 round decision. Lansberg is coming off a loss to Cris Cyborg in her UFC debut while Pudilova fights in UFC for the first time.
First two rounds were very close with a lot of clinch work. Lansberg got a takedown halfway through the second and held Pudilova down for the rest of the round. I had Lansberg up 20-18 but either lady could've won either round.
Pudilova did a lot of damage in the third while defending a takedown attempt from Lansberg. She landed a ton more punches and I had her winning the round 10-8 and a 28-28 draw but the judges only gave a 10-9 third for Pudilova. Crowd booed the decision pretty heavily. Lansberg's face was a bloody mess at the end.
WINNER - LINA LANSBERG (7-2) by unanimous decision (scores 29-28 x 3)
After the fight, Lansberg said "Lucie, you are the winner" and raised her hand. Dan Hardy asked her if they could have a third match and Lansberg said absolutely.
> Brad Scott (10-4, 2-3 UFC) vs. Scott Askham (14-3, 2-3 UFC)
Scott and Askham are both English fighters who come in having lost 2 of their last 3 fights each. They could be fighting for a job.
Another really good and close fight here. Fight was almost exclusively standup aside from a takedown by Askham in the 2nd but Brad Scott was up within 15 seconds.
I had it 29-28 Askham but all three rounds were close and could've gone either way. Scott had Askham in trouble in the second after doing damage with leg kicks but he let up and more or less stopped with the leg kick attacks in the third.
WINNER - BRAD SCOTT (11-4) by split decision (29-28 x2; 28-29)
> Marc Diakiese (11-0, 2-0 UFC) vs. Teemu Packalen (8-1, 1-1 UFC)
Diakiese is just 24 and while born in Congo, he now fights out of England. He's looking for his 3rd straight UFC win. Packalen fights for the first time in almost a year.
One of the best KO's you'll ever see. After a kick flurry to start, Diakiese nailed him with a punch to the head and he did a delayed flat black bump and his head bounced off the canvas.
WINNER - MARC DIAKIESE (12-0) by KO in 30 seconds
After the fight, Diakiese said he should be in charge of England. He said he's going all the way to the top. Crowd loved every second of this.
> Leon Edwards (12-3, 4-2 UFC) vs. Vicente Luque (11-5-1, 4-1 UFC)
Edwards is the local here and he's won 4 of his last 5, most recently over highly touted Albert Tumenov. Luque is a TUF 21 alumni who has won 4 straight.
Luque dominated the first round on the ground. Edwards got some good cornering advice from that point on though as he dominated the rest of the way. Third round was interesting as Edwards was in control through 4 minutes before Luque finally woke up and fought back in the last minute. Not enough to get the decision though. I had the same score as all three judges.
WINNER - LEON EDWARDS (13-3) by unanimous decision (scores 29-28 x 3)
Not much to the post-fight interview. Edwards was out of breath and hard to understand. Most interesting thing in this fight was the reffing. Grant Waterman would warn them to advance or progress within seconds of going to the ground or a clinch to an almost comical degree.
> Daniel Omielanczuk (#15, 19-6-1 1 NC, 4-3 UFC) vs. Tim Johnson (#12, 10-3, 2-2 UFC)
Both of these heavyweights are prone to going the distance. Omielanczuk lost to Stefan Struve last time out, which snapped a 3 fight win streak. Johnson has lost 2 of his last 3.
Most of this fight was in the clinch and, as expected, it went the distance. Rounds 1 and 3 were close. 2 was definitively for Johnson. I had Johnson winning 29-28 but either guy could've won.
Johnson was pretty dominant in the clinch and when they were striking on the feet, Omielanczuk had a slight advantage.
WINNER - TIM JOHNSON (11-3) by split decision (scores 28-29, 30-27 and 29-28)
Post-fight was hilarious. They were having audio difficulties and were going to scrap the interview but Johnson said "I don't get to talk? I've been waiting forever." He didn't really have much to say, though. His moustache was great.
> Darren Stewart (7-0 1 NC, 0-0 1 NC UFC) vs. Francimar Barroso (18-5 1 NC, 3-2 1 NC UFC)
This is a rematch of a fight last November in Brazil that ended in a no contest due to an illegal blow. Barroso has won 2 of his last 3 while Stewart was making his UFC debut in that November fight.
Another close fight. Stewart took the first round on my card with Barroso getting the last two. Most of the fight was clinches on the cage and Barroso used his size advantage to dominate the smaller Stewart who has talked about moving to middleweight.
WINNER - FRANCIMAR BARROSO (19-5) by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
> Joseph Duffy (15-2, 3-1 UFC) vs. Reza Madadi (14-4, 3-2 UFC)
Duffy has won 5 of his last 6 with the only loss coming to Dustin Poirier. Madadi is 1-1 since coming back from a 2 year plus layoff in 2015.
Duffy looked great here. First round was fairly close until Duffy reversed a takedown and ended up in top position. He controlled Madadi the ref of the round and landed some vicious elbows right before the end that cut him open on the forehead.
The cut bothered Madadi the rest of the way and he seemed afraid to go to the ground and Duffy just picked him apart with strikes. Mostly punches to the head but also mixed in body punches and head kicks. Dan Hardy was talking about a rematch with Conor McGregor but that seems an awfully long way away.
None of the rounds seemed like 10-8's so the only score here was 30-27, which all the judges agreed with.
WINNER - JOE DUFFY (16-2) by unanimous decision (scores 30-27 x 3).
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> Arnold Allen (11-1, 2-0 UFC) vs. Makwan Amirkhani (13-2, 3-0 UFC)
An excellent, and extremely close, fight. All three rounds could've gone either way but I gave them all to Allen to give the fight to him 30-27.
Tons of reversals on the ground in all three rounds. Neither guy could maintain a dominant position for any length of time and the standup was basically even. Allen did seem fresher in the third.
WINNER - ARNOLD ALLEN (12-1) by split decision (30-27 x 2; 28-29)
Officiating was an issue again here as Neil Hall was quick to warn both guys and stand them up from the ground or separate them from the clinch. Basically they had no time to work and it really hurt the flow of the fight.
Allen, in his post-fight interview, complained that he can't get the fans to love him (like they love you, referring to Dan Hardy). It came off kind of embarassing.
> Brad Pickett (25-13, 5-8 UFC) vs. Marlon Vera (8-3-1, 2-2 UFC)
140-pound Catchweight (*Both men agreed to catchweight bout as Vera took the fight less than a week ago)
Sudden finish to this fight as Pickett was seemingly up 20-18 in a close fight when Vera landed a head kick that knocked out Pickett briefly and the ref stepped in after he landed a few more shots on the ground. Pickett was up quickly and protesting but it looked like a good stoppage.
Pickett was the more busy fighter, landing mostly punches to the head while Vera was scoring with body kicks and leg kicks. Pickett did just enough to edge out each of the first two rounds on my scorecards.
WINNER - MARLON VERA (9-3-1) by KO
Vera gave a very emotional post-fight speech where he put over Pickett as a legend and said that he did this for his family and was so thankful to get a big fight. He urged the fans to give it up for Pickett.
Dan Hardy was great in interviewing Pickett. He said it was a sold-out arena and they were all there to see him and it didn't matter whether he won or lost. Pickett said he loved the fans and he thinks this fight summed up his whole career. He was winning the whole way and then lost. He would rather go out this way. Win, lose or draw he thinks he's blessed and it's time to spend time with his family.
> Gunnar Nelson (#9, 15-2-1, 6-2 UFC) vs. Alan Jouban (15-4, 6-2 UFC)
Great performance from Nelson here. He dominated the first round both on the feet and on the ground. He was clinical on the ground, easily moving into mount with about 2:00 left and keeping it for the remainder of the round.
In the second he rocked Jouban with a punch and Jouban looked out of it before falling to the canvas. Nelson swooped in and slapped on a guillotine, getting the quick tap. It easily could've been stopped after the punch but it wasn't like a late stoppage or anything.
WINNER - GUNNAR NELSON (16-2-1) by submission at 46 seconds of round 2.
Nelson now has 5 submission, tied for 2nd in UFC welterweight history. Not much to his post-fight promo. No call-out as he said he concerntrates on his own game.
> Jimi Manuwa (#4, 16-2, 5-2 UFC) vs. Corey Anderson (#6, 9-2, 6-2 UFC)
Slow start as they walked around the cage with Anderson getting stuffed on a couple of takedown attempts and then out of nowhere, Manuwa connected with a punch that KO'd Anderson instantly.
WINNER - JIMI MANUWA (17-2) by KO at 3:05
Manuwa asked for the winner of Cormier and Rumble Johnson. That's not gonna happen. He also said something about a fight against a boxer.
Good show overall despite a couple of slow fights. The main event and the Diakiese KO are worth going out of your way to see. If you want my play by play coverage, you can get it here.