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The UFC returned to England, putting on a card in Nottingham this Saturday with a card full of contenders and prospects. Find full results right here.
Brad Pickett, an Englishman and Florida resident, scored possibly the single biggest win of his career thus far with a huge upper cut knockout of Canadian fighter Yves Jabouin. This win throws Pickett right back into the title picture and continues to show off his improving striking.
In the main event, Heavyweight prospect Stefan Struve showed an evolution in his striking game as the lanky Dutchman was able to punish Stipe Miocic on the feet, scoring a standing (T)KO. This is makes it four wins in a row for Struve, all against dangerous strikers. Struve is still a very young man and this could be the beginning of a power move up the division for him.
Matt Wiman shocked the UK fans as he was taken down by submission specialist Paul Sass and didn't just survive, but caught the English grappler in an armbar. This was Sass' first loss and casts doubts over his potential as he got beat in his speciality. John Hathaway also got a rather uninspired win over Jon Maguire.
The main card started on a sour note as longtime MMA veteran Duane Ludwig injuries his knee during a take down attempt by Che Mills. Ludwig was forced to forfeit the match and is very possibly facing retirement.
The prelims delivered quite a bit of action. Florida based Englishman Jason Young suffered a highlight reel knockout in just 23 seconds at the hands of Robbie Peralta. Much hyped prospects Welterweight Gunnar Nelson and Light Heavyweight Jimi Manuwa both won in impressive fashion against The Ultimate FIghter veterans.
There was some controversy on the undercard as the judges show questionable judgement as Akria Corassani was awarded a split decision over Andy Olge, a match which Olge pretty clearly won. Also while Brad Tavares was correctly awarded the win over Tom Watson, one judge did go Watson's way making a split decision.