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Mixed Bag for England’s Finest: FUEL 7 Prelims

LONDON, ENGLAND ”“ While British fan favorite Tom “Kong” Watson turned in one of his best performances ever in his second-round stoppage of the always dangerous Stanislav Nedkov on the undercard of UFC on FUEL TV 7 in London‘s Wembley Arena, and Andy Ogle, Vaughan Lee and Phil Harris also walked away with significant wins, some of his countrymen didn‘t fare as well on SaturdayTERRY ETIM VS. RENEE FORTEIn the featured contest of the undercard, Brazilian Renee Forte bested local favorite Terry Etim by decision after three hard-fought rounds, with two judges scoring the fight 29-28 for the Team Nogueira member, while the third had Forte winning all three rounds.Etim scored points early in the first round with precision leg kicks and hooks. Forte responded in kind with a flying knee which may not have hit the Liverpool native but it created an opportunity for the Brazilian to back Etim up against the cage. Etim circled away, failed in hitting a head kick and found a leg kick of his own being caught by his opponent. Forte later landed an elbow to the head, and Etim went for a spinning heel kick which Forte dove into. While still being hit with the kick, Forte scored a takedown shortly before the end of the round.The British fan favorite landed a few knees from the plum clinch in the early part of round two. Forte answered with a lethal combination, and a left finally put Etim down. Forte scored with several hammerfists from the top position, but his opponent managed to tie him up in a full guard to regain his senses and momentarily stop the damage. It was all for naught, though, as Forte advanced position to full mount and hit a game Etim with shots from above as the round ended.The Brazilian seemed in a much better position going into the third, and he fought a perfect round, grappling with Etim against the cage and controlling him there. Etim did land knees to the head during the round, but found himself back on the bottom thanks to a Forte leg trip.With the unanimous decision win, Forte‘s first win in the UFC, his MMA record improves to 8-2, while Terry Etim‘s drops to 15-5.Watch fight highlights herePAUL SASS VS. DANNY CASTILLOTeam Alpha Male‘s Danny Castillo bested Liverpool‘s Paul Sass by unanimous decision in an exciting lightweight battle. The scorecards read 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 for the American.Liverpool‘s Sass was determined to make it a quick night for Castillo in London. Right away, he jumped onto Castillo‘s shoulders and tried to pull him to the ground for his patented triangle choke. Castillo slammed him down hard, with his head bouncing off the mat. Sass immediately went for Castillo‘s leg and ate several shots to the head for his troubles. Castillo worked towards an arm triangle from half guard without getting it. Sass valiantly threw his legs up for another triangle attempt but was also unsuccessful in his bid. Multiple further attempts to secure a leg lock failed in succession, and Castillo had no problems escaping the position and landing punches, elbows and hammerfists from top position.A scramble early in round number two ended with Castillo on top with Sass throwing elbows from the bottom. Sass locked in full guard, while Castillo replied with elbows of his own from the top. Sass attempted an armbar but ”“ once again ”“ ended up being slammed to the mat. At the halfway point of the round, referee Neil Hall brought the combatants back to their feet. Castillo ducked under a left from Sass and scored another takedown and vicious ground and pound to end the round.Sass switched things up and took to striking to begin the third round, landing a right hook, a spinning kick to the chest and leg kicks on his opponent. Castillo eventually timed Sass‘ strikes, ducked under and took the Brit down to the mat. The American landed several elbows from top position, with Sass doing what he could to tie up his opponent. Castillo moved into north-south position, then side mount, and struggled for an arm triangle when the round and the fight ended.The decision win improves Danny Castillo‘s MMA record to 15-5, while Paul Sass drops to 13-2 with the loss.Watch highlights from the fight hereANDY OGLE VS. JOSH GRISPIAt featherweight, Andy Ogle continued Britain‘s early winning streak with a unanimous decision victory over a game Josh Grispi. The judges scored the bout 30-28, 29-28 and 29-28.Grispi took the fight to the ground right away in the first round, locking Ogle in a crucifix position. When Grispi realized he had little chance of working towards a finish with Ogle on top and his own back against the cage, he changed to an arm-in triangle. Ogle tried to break free by lifting up Grispi and slamming him to the ground, but ended up being unsuccessful in his attempt. Ogle tried to punch to get out of the hold, yet Grispi held on to his favorable position until Ogle escaped to Grispi‘s full guard with one minute remaining in the round. Neither fighter was able to impose his wil…

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