The UFC journeyed across the pond to the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England for the first time to put on UFC on Fuel TV 5: Struve vs. Miocic on Sept. 29.

In the main event, heavyweights Stefan Struve and Stipe Miocic clashed to determine who would be the next contender on the rise in the division. Would the 6-foot-11 “Skyscraper” make it four wins in a row? Or would the undefeated Miocic add another knockout to his resume?

There’s no better man to put in the co-main event in England than “The Outlaw” Dan Hardy, who lives just down the road from the arena. Hardy would take on Ultimate Fighter season seven winner Amir Sadollah in a welterweight bout. Also on the card were many other England natives, including Brad Pickett taking on Yves Jabouin, Paul Sass battling Matt Wiman, John Hathaway vs. John Magure, and Che Mills going toe to toe with Duane Ludwig.

Aside from the main card on Fuel TV, a full line-up of preliminary bouts on Facebook rounded out the card, which kicked off at 1:45 p.m. ET.

Struve knocks out Miocic

It may not have been a star-studded main event with big names, but this headliner between Stefan Struve and undefeated Stipe Miocic was all but guaranteed to deliver with a finish.

Round one had its moments of explosiveness, but it was a more methodical round. Struve didn’t utilize his reach advantage all that much, which allowed Miocic to pick his shots to punch. However, he didn’t open up enough as he could have, leaving round one a close one for the judges.

But round two is where Struve started to open his jab, which led to moments where Struve had Miocic rocked and pedaling backward. Miocic was able to counter and land his right and left on Struve, but the seven-footer didn’t back down. After many punches were on target, Miocic escaped to the cage, where Struve finished the job with several punches to get the knockout win.

At only 24-years-old, Struve is still learning, but is becoming a true contender in the UFC’s heavyweight division.

Hardy impresses in Nottingham

The co-main event featured none other than Nottingham’s own Dan Hardy taking on Amir Sadollah.

Hardy started off slow and technical to get a feel for his opponent’s style, which allowed Sadollah to attack with his striking and press Hardy against the cage. Hardy fired back towards the end though to make it a close round to score.

“The Outlaw” opened up early in the second with his strikes, and even landed a rare takedown. After Sadollah returned to his feet, the two went toe-to-toe for a bit before another takedown by Hardy. Without a doubt, Hardy won the second round.

Hardy continued to mix it up with his techniques, and landed his third takedown in the fight. From there, Sadollah couldn’t do anything while on his back, as Hardy continued to ground and pound until the final seconds of the fight.

A unanimous decision was turned in, with all three judges giving Dan Hardy the win in his hometown.

Pickett turns the lights out on Jabouin

This bantamweight bout between England’s own Brad Pickett and Yves Jabouin was one many had been waiting for, as both fighters bring it every time they step inside the Octagon.

Both men were swinging for the fences from the start. In these type of fights, momentum is the key, and Pickett took advantage of that. “One Punch” landed a big uppercut to the chin of Jabouin, and finished him off with short punches to force the referee to jump in and save Jabouin from further damage.

With two straight wins under his belt, Pickett is right back in the mix at 135 pounds.

Wiman submits Sass in first round

An intriguing lightweight fight was next up, with Liverpool submission ace Paul Sass looking for another triangle choke win over the always tough “Handsome” Matt Wiman.

After a leg kick thrown by Wiman was caught, Sass took the fight to the ground. From there it was constant back and forth grappling between the two. Sass landed many shots and attempted many submissions, but it was Wiman who eventually forced a stoppage.

Wiman controlled the arm of Sass, locked it up, and forced the before undefeated Sass to tap. A very big win for Wiman, as he was in tears afterward in front of the Nottingham crowd.

Hathaway decisions Maguire

The crowd in Nottingham was torn while matching two of their own compete against one another, as John Hathaway took on John Maguire.

The opening round was more of a feeling out process, but Hathaway appeared to be the aggressor, which gave him the round slightly.

Round two was all Hathaway, as he stayed on top of his opponent for the majority of the round. Maguire would occasional try submission attempts, but was stuck on his back with Hathaway dominating.

Maguire waited until the final two minutes to attack, as he landed a takedown, but couldn’t advance with it as the bell sounded.

All three judges scored the bout 30-27, with John Hathaway earning the unanimous decision.

Mills wins via TKO due to Ludwig injury

To start the main card on Fuel TV, two welterweight sluggers went to battle, but an unfortunate injury occurred that caused the bout to end.

Che Mills and Duane “Bang” Ludwig were expected to put on a fight with fireworks, but was ended midway through the first round.

While against the cage, Mills looked to put Ludwig on his back, but the Denver native landed awkwardly and immediately knew something was wrong. Ludwig called for a verbal submission due to knee injury, which allowed Mills to get the TKO win.

Preliminary Card Summary

Many fans were on the edge of their seats for Jimi Manuwa’s debut, and put on a great first impression against Kyle Kingsbury. After two rounds in favor of Manuwa working his stand-up, doctors were forced to stop the bout as Kingsbury was unable to see out of his eye.

In a very close fight between two featherweights, Andy Ogle and Akira Corassani fought to a split decision, with Corassani getting his hand raised.

Tom “Kong” Watson had been waiting a long time for this moment to make his UFC debut, but couldn’t pull out a win over Brad Tavares. Tavares looked great on Saturday, and earned a split decision for his efforts.

Gunnar Nelson was one of the few fighters to make their Octagon debut on Saturday, and did so impressively in a catchweight bout against DaMarques Johnson. Nelson took Johnson to the ground, and worked for a rear-naked choke to force a tap out.

The opening fight of the night ended in just 23 seconds, as Robbie Peralta defeated England’s own Jason Young by TKO due to strikes.

FULL RESULTS
Stefan Struve def. Stipe Miocic by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 3:50
Dan Hardy def. Amir Sadollah by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Brad Pickett def. Yves Jabouin by knockout (uppercut). Round 1, 3:40
Matt Wiman def. Paul Sass by submission (armbar). Round 1, 3:48
John Hathaway def. John Maguire by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Che Mills def. Duane Ludwig by TKO (knee injury). Round 1, 2:28
Jimi Manuwa def. Kyle Kingsbury by TKO (doctor’s stoppage). Round 2, 5:00
Akira Corassani def. Andy Ogle by split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Brad Tavares def. Tom Watson by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Gunnar Nelson def. Damarques Johnson by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 3:34
Robbie Peralta def. Jason Young by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 0:23

Photo: Stefan Struve (L) squares off with fellow headliner Stipe Miocic at the weigh-ins (MMAJunkie)

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