-Niklas Backstrom vs. Tom Niinimaki
Round 1: Given the length of Backstrom’s long, rangy limbs, it’s no surprise when he comes out throwing kicks from way outside – nor is it a surprise when Niinimaki turns it into a grappling match, taking the taller fighter down and then struggling for another takedown against the cage. But after three and a half minutes of working to get his man down, Niinimaki very nearly gets caught in a jumping guillotine. He escapes, but is beaned with a knee to the grill, and is stuck first in a bulldog choke (a la Carlos Newton vs. Pat Miletich) and then a no-hooks rear naked choke, and that’s all she wrote.
Result: Niklas Backstrom def. Tom Niinimaki via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:15, R2