UFC Fight Night 53 went down in Stockholm, Sweden, today, and in the main event, Rick Story handed Gunnar Nelson his first professional loss.
Nelson certainly landed his fair share of shots during the memorable bout, but Story was the busier of the two and at one point, dropped the welterweight with a thumping left hand.
When Nelson did attempt to the take the fight to the ground, the powerful wrestler was largely able to keep the fight standing and resume his attacks.
In the end, Story was handed a split decision victory and the 18th win of his career. Now it will be interesting to see where Story goes in terms of the UFC rankings, as Nelson was ranked #12 heading into the bout. Story isn’t currently ranked in the top 15.
With the loss, which came in Nelson’s fifth UFC bout, his record fell to 13-1.
Other big winners on the day included Jan Blachowicz, who took out Ilir Latifi in emphatic fashion while making his Octagon debut, and Max Holloway, who quickly stopped Akira Corassani in the co-headliner.
Mike Wilkinson also disappointed the Swedish fans in attendance, by knocking out that nation’s Niklas Backstrom in less than 90 seconds.
Here are the official results for UFC FN 53, which was hosted by the Ericsson Globe Arena.
UFC FN 53
Rick Story def. Gunnar Nelson via split decision (47-48, 49-46, 50-44)
Max Holloway def. Akira Corassani via TKO (punches) R1, 3:11
Jan Blachowicz def. Ilir Latifi via TKO (body kick and punches) R1, 1:58
Mike Wilkinson def. Niklas Backstrom via KO (punch) R1, 1:19
Magnus Cedenblad def. Scott Askham via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Nico Musoke def. Alexander Yakovlev via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Dennis Siver def. Charles Rosa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Cathal Pendred def. Gasan Umalatov via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Krzysztof Jotko def. Tor Troeng via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)
Mairbek Taisumov def. Marcin Bandel by TKO (punches) R1, 1:01
Zubaira Tukhogov defeats Ernest Chavez by TKO (punches) R1, 4:21