In the main event, Bantamweight Interim Champion Renan Barao retained his belt over challenger, Michael McDonald. The co-main event saw a unanimous decision win by Cub Swanson over fellow featherweight, Dustin Poirier.
The preliminary fights, which aired on the UFC’s Facebook page, saw several big fights. Phil Harris outpointed Ulysses Gomez in a unanimous decision. Vaughn Lee also won a unanimous decision against Motonobu Tezuka. In the only fight on the preliminary card that did not go the full time, Tom Watson won a TKO over Stanislav Nedkov in the 2nd round of their fight. Andy Ogle, Danny Castillo and Renee Forte all won their fights via unanimous decisions in the rest of the preliminary card.
The main card of this event promised exciting fights. In the opening fight, Che Mills took on Matt Riddle. Leading up to this fight, Matt Riddle did a lot to lose fans from the UK, and he came out to loud “boos” from the home crowd of the Wembley Arena. Riddle made good on his prediction to take Mills down and hold him, however, as he controlled the three round fight with takedowns. He beat Che Mills via split-decision.
In the second fight, Light Heavyweights James Te Huna and Ryan Jimmo met for three rounds of heavy hitting. Round one saw Jimmo landing a huge left kick to drop Te Huna, following up with some heavy ground and pound on the downed New Zealander. Te Huna hung in, though, and was able to attempt a guillotine choke and an armbar. Rounds two and three were all Te Huna, as he utilized superior wrestling and ground and pound to work for a unanimous decision win over Jimmo. Following the fight, Te Huna asked for a top-ten light heavyweight in his next fight.
Gunnar Nelson won a unanimous decision over Jorge Santiago in a three round war. Nelson controlled the first two rounds, the second with his wrestling abilities. The third round saw a comeback surge from Santiago, and he ended the fight with an emphatic right hook flush to Nelson’s chin; but it was too little too late. Nelson walked away still undefeated and ready to take on his next challenge.
The fight between Jimi Manuwa and Cyrille Diabate was a fight likely to end before the time ran out. This was the case, but certainly not as expected. The brawling style of Manuwa appeared to take Diabate out of his comfort zone, as he was unable to find his range. For Manuwa, the fighter out of England, he showcased some good wrestling and takedown abilities. Unfortunately, the fight was called off after round one with an injury to Diabate’s leg or food that prevented him from continuing, making Manuwa the winner by TKO at 5 minutes of the first round.
In the co-main event of the evening, Cub Swanson met Dustin Poirier in a three round featherweight battle. This one was an all out war! The first round saw Swanson getting the better of the standup and neutralizing his opponent’s takedown by landing a solid knee on the way up. In the second round, Swanson again landed the better shots. When Poirier took Swanson down, the latter threw on a gogoplata and transitioned to an omoplata. Swanson stood with the submission to attack the shoulder, which allowed Poirier to pull his arm from danger. The third round saw a brilliant start by Poirier, who landed his shots perfectly on the feet. Swanson responded to some shots with a takedown, from which point he took control of the fight, taking his opponent’s back and throwing on some submissions until the final bell rang. After three rounds of intense fighting, Cub Swanson pulled off the unanimous decision win.
In the main event, Bantamweight Interim Champion Renan Barao put his title on the line against Michael McDonald in a five round fight. The first round saw a lot of action, with Barao scoring two takedowns and McDonald knocking the interim champ down with some heavy punches. The second round was another competitive round, with more takedowns from Barao and some exciting standup exchanges. Both fighters looked winded in the third round with Barao beginning to land bigger shots on the challenger. In the fourth round, Barao controlled the standup. Near three minutes into the round, a scramble led to a Barao takedown where the champ landed with an arm triangle locked up tight. McDonald held on for a while, but it was only a matter of time before he succumbed to the champ’s hold. McDonald tapped out at 3:57 of the fourth round, and Renan Barao retains his Bantamweight Interim belt in his first title defense.
UFC on FUEL TV 7 Full Results:
Renan Barao def. Michael McDonald via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 4, 3:57
Cub Swanson def. Dustin Poirier via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Jimi Manuwa def. Cyrille Diabate via TKO (leg injury) – Round 1, 5:00
Gunnar Nelson def. Jorge Santiago via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
James Te Huna def. Ryan Jimmo via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Matthew Riddle def. Che Mills via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Renee Forte def. Terry Etim via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Danny Castillo def. Paul Sass via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Andy Ogle def. Josh Grispi via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Tom Watson def. Stanislav Nedkov via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:42
Vaughan Lee def. Motonobu Tezuka via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Phil Harris def. Ulysses Gomez via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)