LONDON – Tonight’s UFC on FUEL TV 7 event, headlined by an Interim UFC Bantamweight Championship match between Renan Barao (31-1) and Michael McDonald (15-1).
The event takes place in London’s Wembley Arena with the first fight preliminary fight commencing at 5:15pm GMT, with the main card starting at 8:00pm GMT.
Follow along for live round-by-round, play-by-play followed by the official results as soon as they’re announced throughout the day.
Enjoy the fights!
Phil Harris vs. Ulysses Gomez
Phil Harris def. Ulysses Gomez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Tom Watson vs. Stanislav Nedkov
Round 1: Watson has Nedkov against cage in the clinch working knees to the body. Nedkov being over powered by Watson completely as he lands knees and elbows in the Thai clinch. Nedkov struggling to cope with Watson’s relentless pace in the first 3 minutes. It’s all Watson in the first as he lands a couple of kicks now. Watson wants to end this fight sooner rather than later. Varying elbows and knees as Nedkov lands an uppercut of his own. Now Nedkov takes it to the ground pounding on Watson who’s all of a sudden in real danger. Nedkov ends the round on top with Watson lucky to make it out. I give it to Watson 10-9 despite the last minute or so.
Round 2: Watson lucking tired in the second. Lands a few kicks as Nedkov lands a huge right hand, staggering the Brit. He takes Watson down and resumes his ground and pound from round 1. Watson using the cage to try and get back to his feet but Nedkov’s strength is too much. Watson eventually makes it back to his feet and gets the Thai clinch again against the cage. Both men looking fatigued. Nedkov now working for the takedown and achieves it only for Watson to regain his feet and begin to trade power shots with Nedkov. Both men taking turns on each other. Big knee by Watson in the clinch. Watson really piling it on now as Nedkov looks done. Watson trying but struggling to land the decisive blow. Big combo by Watson as he drops Nedkov and swarms him, finishing his opponent. What a fight.
Tom Watson def. Stanislav Nedkov via TKO (2nd round)
Andy Ogle vs. Josh Grispi
Round 1: Grispi begins the aggressor taking Ogle down transitioning to his back, to a triangle, to an omaplate. Ogle looking overwhelmed by the swift transitions. Grispi gets the triangle in as Ogle tries to slam his opponent but only falls deeper into the submission. Ogle doing very well to survive the triangle thus far against the cage. Grispi’s leg will be tired from this no doubt. Grispi still in the triangle but out of danger for now. Ogle landing some big blows to Grispi who won’t relinquish the triangle. Finally the hold is broken and Ogle ends up in Grispi’s full guard. They see out the round. I give it to Grispi, 10-9.
Round 2: Left hook lands from Ogle as the fighters exchange. Ogle then gets Grispi to the ground, working to get Grispi’s back for the choke. Grispi stands up and back slams Ogle, giving him his back in the process. Ogle working Grispi’s body from the back, landing to the head also. Ogle dominating the 2nd round with some slick work on the ground. Grispi thus far has no answer in this round. Ogle moves into Grispi’s half guard now. A minute to go in the round as Ogle continues to harass his opponent, seeking the rear naked choke once again. Round 2 over. I give it to Ogle easily, 10-9 (though 10-8 wouldn’t be unfair)
Round 3: Grispi needs this round. Ogle answers Grispi’s lethargic strikes with his own, once again taking Grispi to the mat. Ogle fighting smart here, knowing he has this fight as it stands. Grispi really looking lost on the ground with Ogle since the 2nd round began. Ogle happy enough to only throw the odd body punch so as to remain active. Gaining side control Ogle lands some vicious knees to his opponent’s body, before going for the back again. Again Grispi has no answer. Grispi gets the fight back on the feet but not for long. Trip takedown as Ogle is back on top. 30 seconds left and this fight is going to a decision. I give the 3rd round to Ogle, 10-9 and the fight too, 29-28.
Andy Ogle def. Josh Grispi via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Paul Sass vs. Danny Castillo
Round 1: Big swing and a miss from Sass who jumps into a standing triangle only to be slammed hard to the mat. Castillo gains his composure and gets into Sass’s guard. What an opening. Sass unsurprisingly working the triangle but Castillo easily navigates his attempts and gets into the half guard working for the pass. Not to be as he ends up in the open guard with Sass constantly working the counter submissions. Halfway through the round and it’s Castillo in the ascendancy. Landing strikes in Sass’s guard, Castillo once again escapes the leg lock attempts from Sass, which are as regular as they are futile. Big elbows now from Castillo to see out the round. Castillo the clear winner in round one, 10-9.
Round 2: Sass throws some strikes but is easily taken down by Castillo, who has the blueprint to win this fight now. Sass looks tired, which will render his submission offense less effective. Castillo happy to sit in the guard, landing some solid elbows. Sass goes for an armbar this time but Castillo escapes via another slam. At least Sass is mixing up his submissions which will keep his opponent guessing. The referee stands them up due to “lack of action” which is arguable. Nonetheless Castillo immediately gets Sass back down again into the full guard. Two minutes to go and Castillo’s wrestling looks like winning this fight, without looking like finishing it. Sass doing nothing from the bottom other than eating elbows and holding the full guard. It’s all Castillo as he ends the round with some relentless ground and pound. I have it for Castillo 10-9, and 20-18 overall.
Round 3: They touch gloves. Sass misses just with a big right hand, then lands a spinning back kick to begin the final round well. Castillo can see out this fight with one takedown but thus far refusing to oblige. I spoke too soon. Castillo takes him down in the center of the Octagon as normal service is resumed. An uninspired fight but a dominant performance from Danny Castillo with 2 minutes to go. Sass needs a miracle in the closing stanza. Or better yet, a submission. North-south position for Castillo now, just to change things up. Side control as Castillo continues to work his positions against a fatigued Sass. A minute to go and this round is a carbon copy of the previous round more or less. Sass looking disheartened as Castillo sees out the round with an impressive and very professional performance. I give to Castillo 10-9, and 30-27 overall.
Danny Castillo def. Paul Sass via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Terry Etim vs. Renee Forte
Renee Forte def. Terry Etim via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Che Mills vs. Matthew Riddle
Round 1: Kevin Mulhall is the referee. Carly Baker your octagon girl. This should be good. They exchange as Riddle goes for the single leg and pushes Mills against the cage. Riddle has the underhooks as he bullies Mills in the clinch. He drops for another single leg takedown and eventually gets in, with Mills quickly getting back to his fight against the cage. Riddle gets another takedown as he shows he clearly didn’t mean it when he said this would be a stand-up war. Mills works the leg kicks and lands an elbow before Riddle clinches once more against the cage, negating Mills’s aggression. Mills defending the takedown well for a while before ending up on his back yet again. Riddle has no desire to exchange with Mills thus far. In half guard, Riddle sees out a dominant opening round. 10-9 Riddle easily.
Round 2: They touch gloves as Mills goes with the kicks again before ending up on the wrong end of a north-south choke attempt from Riddle. He ends up losing it and ending up in side control looking to advance to full mount. Mills defending well. Halfway through the round and it’s wrestling that’s winning yet another fight tonight. Riddle resorting to landing a punch here and there as he attempts a pass. Mills looking disheartened on the bottom as all he can do is defend. Riddle finally gains the full mount with a minute to go, before switching to Mills’s back. He goes for the choke against the cage before transitioning back into the mount. Riddle far too much on the mat for Mills once again. 10-9 once again, and 20-18 overall.
Round 3: Aw they embrace to kick off the final round. Mills has to finish the fight to win without a doubt. He goes for the kill as they throw hell for leather. Riddle should really just take this to the ground. He goes for the single once again against the cage as Mills hooks his leg looking for the reversal. Mills defending really well this round as he sprawls Riddle’s attempt. Finally Riddle gets the job done and ends up in Mills’s full guard. With two minutes to go Riddle should see this fight out. Into the half guard he continues to look for the advance. Mills manages to reverse Riddle into his guard and stands up with Riddle begging him to punch him. Mills is having none of it (for some reason) as they retake the center of the Octagon. Riddle spoils the party by going for another takedown in the dying seconds. A very impressive and dominant Matthew Riddle takes it 30-27 in my book.
Matthew Riddle def. Che Mills via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27 )
James Te Huna vs. Ryan Jimmo
Round 1: Has to be mentioned that James Te Huna just walked to the Octagon as the Men In Black. Dance and all. Brilliant stuff. Jimmo’s robot had no answer. Now I guess they’re going to fight. Immediate clinch as Te Huna takes Jimmo to the fence working the underhooks. Te Huna utilizing the knees to Jimmo’s thighs as they’re separated. Unbelievable head kick from Jimmo as he swarms Te Huna on the ground with elbows. Somehow Te Huna survives but he is badly cut around the right eye. Jimmo takes him to the cage as Te Huna works a guillotine to no avail. This is more like it. Te Huna working the submissions but Jimmo shrugs them off. Two minutes left and Jimmo has Te Huna against the cage. Big punches in Te Huna’s guard. Jimmo using this time to conserve energy it seems. 30 seconds to go and Jimmo looks content to see the round out on top with Te Huna attempting elbows from the bottom. Big round for Jimmo, I have it 10-9.
Round 2: Te Huna switching stances as Jimmo misses a head kick. Body kick from Jimmo as Te Huna clinches and goes for the single leg against the cage. Jimmo reverses and gets the underhooks. Te Huna looking up at the clock already. Te Huna now has control against the cage and beautifully takes Jimmo down to the mat. Side control for Te Huna now. Short elbows to the head as Jimmo looks to recover position on the bottom. Te Huna ignoring the full mount option thus far. He goes for the crucifix and ends up in full mount instead. Jimmo recovers back to half guard. Te Huna lands some uncomfortable looking elbows on the ground and begins to swarm Jimmo with some big punches. Hammer fists and body shots as Jimmo holds on for dear life. Te Huna sees out the round with some big shots. That’s one apiece. 10-9 Te Huna, and 19-19 overall.
Round 3: Touch of the gloves to begin the final round. Good stiff jab from Jimmo as Te Huna’s takedown attempt is foiled. Jimmo clinches Te Huna against the fence, looking for a takedown. The referee urges them to work. They exchange knees to the mid-section as the referee looks increasingly impatient. Big elbow from Te Huna as they regain the center of the Octagon. Another clinch this time from Te Huna, but is reversed by Jimmo. Whoever gets the takedown wins this fight more than likely. And it’s Te Huna that succeeds as he has Jimmo in half guard against the cage with a minute and a half to go. Sharp elbows to Jimmo’s head keep him active in the top position. Some big ground and pound from Te Huna as Jimmo’s corner voice their frustration. This fight looks like Te Huna’s barring a disaster. The fight is over and I give the third to Te Huna 10-9, and 29-28 to Te Huna overall.
James Te Huna def. Ryan Jimmo via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Gunnar Nelson vs. Jorge Santiago
Round 1: They touch gloves as Nelson looks as stoic as they come. Nelson displaying his Machida-esque fighting stance as Santiago connects with a knee. Nelson wants this on the ground (obviously). Side kick from Nelson lands, then another to Jorge’s knee. Head kick from Santiago just misses as they clinch with Santiago landing an elbow. Body kick from Nelson as he gets the takedown effortlessly. Santiago fails to get back to his feet. He’s in Nelson’s world now. Back on their feet Nelson lands a nice left. Another side kick from the nonchalant Nelson. A minute to go and Nelson is looking more than comfortable keeping Santiago at a distance. They clinch against the fence as Nelson looks for another takedown as they see the round out. Nelson 10-9.
Round 2: Head kick attempt from Santiago as Nelson goes to the cage again for the takedown. It’s not to be as they return to the center. Big combination from Nelson as he once again attempts and now succeeds with the takedown. Nelson has a lot of time to work the top position now, in the half guard. Some nice shots from the top from Nelson, with some short elbows for good measure. Nelson in complete control with a minute and a half to go in the round. Santiago looking for upkicks but to no avail as Nelson continues to land inside his guard. Full mount now from Nelson with less than a minute to go. Not enough time to submit Santiago but enough to take the round comprehensively as he sees out the round landing some big shots. 10-9 Nelson and 20-18 overall.
Round 3: They fist bump to begin the third. Santiago lands a good combination forcing Nelson to go for the clinch, though they retake the center of the mat. Nelson lands a good left body kick and later a good right hand. Santiago afraid to go for broke in case of being taken down. Santiago clinches Nelson against the cage, releasing him with a good right elbow. Straight left from Nelson followed by a right leg kick. Santiago looking to pile it on now, with Nelson landing a BIG uppercut straight after, rocking Santiago. He clinches Santiago against the cage. Jorge looking tired. Nelson could finish this on the feet. Almost always landing. He goes for a takedown however but fails. Less than a minute left and Nelson land a big right hook as they clinch in the center. Another good combo from Nelson, as Santiago goes out swinging, almost dropping Nelson who is saved by the bell. Tough one to call, but I give it to Nelson, 10-9. And 30-27 overall.
Gunnar Nelson def. Jorge Santiago via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
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