The Tristar Gym standout recorded his sixth win in seven outings, as he breezed past Madadi to a unanimous decision in the featured UFC Fight Night 107 “Manuwa vs. Anderson” prelim on Saturday at the O2 Arena in London. Duffy (16-2, 4-1 UFC) drew 30-27 marks on all three scorecards.
Madadi (14-5, 3-3 UFC) was outclassed at every turn. Duffy opened a vertical gash on his forehead with a first-round elbow strike and then systematically dismantled him with back-leg knees, sneaky kicks and two-, three- and four-punch combinations. Madadi was reduced to pawing at the blood leaking into his eyes and had little with which to answer the Irishman’s attacks (online betting).
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Barroso Sinks Stewart in Rematch
Four months after their first meeting resulted in a no-contest, Nova Uniao export Francimar Barroso took a unanimous decision from the previously unbeaten Darren Stewart in a three-round undercard scrap at 205 pounds. All three cageside judges scored it 29-28 for Barroso (19-5, 4-2 UFC).
Stewart (7-1, 0-1 UFC) enjoyed some early success, as he executed a takedown and pursued a stifling clinch in the first round. However, his body failed him over the final 10 minutes, fatigue opening the door for the opportunistic Barroso. The former Shooto Americas champion capitalized, as he beat up Stewart from close range, scored with takedowns of his own and slowly but surely nosed in front.
Rebounding Johnson Outpoints Omielanczuk
Two-time NCAA All-American Timothy Johnson bounced back from his Nov. 19 loss to former Bellator MMA champion Alexander Volkov with a split decision over Daniel Omielanczuk in a preliminary heavyweight confrontation. Judges Ben Cartlidge and Takeo Kobayashi struck 30-27 and 29-28 scorecards for Johnson, while Pawel Harasim ruled it 29-28 in Omielanczuk’s favor.
Johnson (11-3, 3-2 UFC) pressed a merciless clinch, routinely corralling his Polish adversary along the cage. It resulted in multiple restarts from referee Marc Goddard but also short-circuited Omielanczuk from an offensive standpoint. The 34-year-old landed clean punches and kicks when he managed to keep Johnson at a safe distance, but those instances were few and far between. Johnson more often than not dictated the terms of their engagement.
Omielanczuk (19-7-1, 4-4 UFC) has suffered back-to-back defeats.
Edwards Slows Luque Rise
Former British Association of Mixed Martial Arts champion Leon Edwards leaned on kicks to the head and body, sharp punching combinations and tactical takedowns, as he claimed a unanimous decision over Vicente Luque in a preliminary welterweight encounter. Edwards (13-3, 5-2 UFC) swept the scorecards with matching 29-28 marks.
Luque (11-6-1, 4-2 UFC) executed a pair of takedowns in the first round but failed to make meaningful headway elsewhere. Edwards backed “The Ultimate Fighter 21” semifinalist to the cage with a flying knee in the middle stanza, struck for a takedown of his own and set up shop in half guard, dropping short-range elbows and punches. He turned his attention to Luque’s body in Round 3, had him ducking for cover with hooks upstairs and cut off an attempted rally from the Brazilian with a late takedown.
The loss snapped Luque’s four-fight winning streak.
Unbeaten Diakiese Posterizes Packalen
Undefeated American Top Team prospect Marc Diakiese knocked out Teemu Packalen in the first round of their brief undercard pairing at 155 pounds. An unconscious Packalen (8-2, 1-2 UFC) and his handlebar mustache hit the deck 30 seconds into Round 1, his victorious opponent performing a backflip nearby.
Diakiese (12-0, 3-0 UFC) dazzled the audience with two spinning kicks, one to the head and one to the body, and drew the Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt forward. Packalen walked into an overhand right that turned out the lights and sent him crashing to the canvas. His first appearance inside the Octagon in more than a year did not go as he had hoped.
Scott Edges Countryman Askham
MMA Lab export Bradley Scott won for the third time in five appearances, as he eked out a split decision over Scott Askham in a preliminary middleweight affair. Judges Ben Cartlidge and Takeyo Kobayashi saw it 29-28 for Scott, while Andy Roberts cast a dissenting 29-28 nod in Askham’s direction.
Scott (11-4, 3-3 UFC) floored the former British Association of Mixed Martial Arts champion with a straight right in the first round and took bites out of his lead leg with a series of calf kicks. Askham (14-4, 2-4 UFC) hobbled backward on more than one occasion but fought on despite his compromised state. He responded with kicks to the body and head but never managed to crack Scott’s resolve. “The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes” finalist handled his business in Round 3, where he countered effectively, incorporated a stinging jab and continued to dial up the kicks to Askham’s leg.
Lansberg Withstands Pudilova Charge
A hearty clinch game carried Cage Warriors Fighting Championship veteran Lina Lansberg to a unanimous decision over Lucie Pudilova in a three-round undercard battle at 135 pounds. All three cageside judges scored it the same: 29-28 for Lansberg (7-2, 1-1 UFC).
Pudilova (6-2, 0-1 UFC), who replaced Veronica Macedo on short notice, was effective in space but too often found herself bottled up in close quarters by the Swede. Lansberg pinned the 22-year-old prospect against the fence and cut loose with knees, standing elbows and short punches. She mixed in a takedown in the second round and piled up points on the ground with punches, elbows and forearm strikes. Lansberg ran out of gas in Round 3. There, Pudilova appeared to be the fresher fighter, hammered away with damaging combinations and left her diminished counterpart with a bloody nose and severe damage to her right eye. However, the finish she needed did not materialize.
The 35-year-old Lansberg has won seven of her past eight bouts.