MMA fans may have experienced some disappointment last week when Strikeforce announced the cancellation of a card scheduled to take place tonight. Fortunately, the UFC was still around to provide the sport’s supporters with a fix in the form of UFC on Fuel 5 and delivered an action-packed card as anticipated.
The event’s lineup featured a headlining battle between heavyweights Stefan Struve-Stipe Miocic in addition to bouts between Matt Wiman-Paul Sass, Brad Pickett-Yves Jabouin, and Dan Hardy-Amir Sadollah.
The main eventers went toe-to-toe with neither man having a decided advantage until Struve opened things up in the second stanza with some well-placed strikes. Eventually he cornered Miocic up against the fence and delivered a flurry of shots that sealed the deal. The victory marked Struve’s fourth consecutive win and the first loss on Miocic’s career.
Meanwhile, Hardy scored a second straight instance of success by outpointing Sadollah in front of the Brit’s hometown fans. “The Outlaw” triumphed as a result of his always-solid stand-up as well as an improved wrestling attack scoring him a number of takedowns throughout their tilt.
Read below for a full rundown of UFC on Fuel 5 results:
Robbie Peralta def. Jason Young via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Gunnar Nelson def. DaMarques Johnson via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Brad Tavares def. Tom Watson via Split Decision
Akira Corassani def. Andy Ogle via Split Decision
Jimi Manuwa def. Kyle Kingsbury via TKO Round 2 (Injury – Eye Swollen Shut)
Che Mills def. Duane Ludwig via TKO Round 1 (Injury)
John Hathaway def. John Maguire via Unanimous Decision
Matt Wiman def. Paul Sass via Submission Round 1 (Armbar)
Brad Pickett def. Yves Jabouin via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Dan Hardy def. Amir Sadollah via Unanimous Decision
Stefan Struve def. Stipe Miocic via Knockout Round 2 (Strikes)