SamiAziz (high) scored a big win in his ultimate MMA combat. | RyanO’Leary/MMAViking.com
GOTHENBURG, Sweden –
retired in fashion Saturday, as the previous Olympic wrestler outstruckand outwrestled former UFC lightweight champion
inthe predominant occasion of
Aziz put on a present for his hometown followers at Scandinavium area,earning a unanimous choice after three rounds.
The forty one-year outdated confirmed no rust from his three-yr layoff, landingjabs, mixtures and even spinning kicks within the opening frame.Pulver regarded to counter with left arms but was not in a position to findhis mark. Because the struggle wore on, Aziz took control by implementingtakedowns and ground-and-pound while preserving “Little Evil” on hisback.
“I’m finished,” Aziz informed Sherdog.com after the bout. “It’s mytime to possibly coach and help the game exterior of the cage.”
The show’s scheduled co-principal occasion between Swedish UFC veteransDavidBielkheden and BesamYousef was not to be, as Bielkheden withdrew from the matchjust days earlier than as a result of injury. DannyMitchell stepped as much as replace the “Brazilian Swede” and, aftera feeling-out process within the first round, was in a position to get Yousef tothe ground. Mitchell finished with a rear-bare choke in roundtwo.
Finland’s AntonKuivanen returned to his successful ways by beating another Nordicveteran, Gonzalez.Kuivanen rushed in and rocked the Swede with a combination whichdropped “The Silencer.” The Finn waited for the referee to stop thefight, however it didn’t occur, so Kuivanen continued his attack andforced a stoppage.
“It was quick but candy,” said Kuivanen, who turned his fortunesaround after suffering a first-spherical knockout towards EricReynolds in September.
After the win, the former face of Superior Challenge, Reza Madadi,stepped into the cage to call out Kuivanen.
“It is nonetheless my belt,” said Madadi, a training associate of Gonzalez,referring to his status as Superior Problem lightweight championbefore being known as up to the UFC.
MattiMakela and MatteoMinonzio were destined for a slugfest after an intense faceoffat Friday’s weigh-in where the 2 nearly got here to blows. After aback-and-forth battle, it was Makela who dropped Minonzio and leaptover the Italian in Superman-like fashion to finish the bout withstrikes within the second round.
The group obtained on their toes during a wild bout between Norway’sEmilWeber Meek and Sweden’t PerFranklin. Meek appeared near ending the fight early withdamaging strikes in spherical one, however Franklin landed a huge righthook which put Meek on skates. After regaining his composure, Meekcontinued his assault, wearing down Franklin till ground-and-poundin the second compelled the referee to step in.
Swedish prospect YosefAli Mohammad kicked off the principle card by unleashing a sequence ofpunches on DuarteFonseca in an 8-second bout. MartinAkhtar adopted with another beatdown against visitingFrenchman DamienPighiera.
The night started off with a bang, as native Gothenburg fighterDexterDyall Wallin landed a huge right hand, knocking out fellowSwede MartinHalvorsen in 31 seconds.
In other action, Allstars Coaching Heart’s MichelErsoy stopped Finland’s PerttuPaatola with power punches and knees to the face, whileLinnWennergren outclassed AngelicaBabbi in the card’s only girls’s bout. MohammedAbdallah opened the show with a slender unanimous decisionagainst ErikCarlsson.
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