For full results and live play-by-play of the Fight Night Stockholm card, MMAViking.com is your source reporting live from Globen. Six Swedes and an Icelandic headliner represent this Nordic stacked card.
Play-by-Play & Results
Tor Troeng vs. Krzysztof Jotko
The Swede Troeng is the first of six to step into the cage. And he is coming in with some serious speed metal. Don’t let this mathematician fool you… he is ready to fight!
Jotko looking to use his left hand as he swings in huge. Tor looks for a body lock and Jotko defends against the cage. The Poland fighter counters well, and Tor looks to reestablish. Big punches from Jotko and he has the Swede’s attention. Troeng almost finishes with a takedown, but as it hits the mat Jotko counters. Back on the feet with two minutes left in the round. Now it is Jotko who pushes the Swede against the cage looking for a takedown. Tor fights in to get double underhooks and is not in control. Good counter left at the end of the round, and Jotko let’s out a scream to celebrate.
Troeng is backing up, but he tries to shoot in for a double leg, but can’t get it. Jotko looks comfortable on his feet and in the tie-up lands some good elbows on Troeng. The Poland fighter is marching down the Swede, and the momentum has changed. Troeng looks hurt, and Jotko is looking to finish the bout with punches and knees, but Troeng hangs in there. The Swede’s face is a mess. Troeng looks to be recovered a bit, and the two are warn from their 10 minutes of battle.
The right of of the Swede is swollen. Troeng looks to finish the take-down with a body lock…. and cheers start “Tor Troeng” Good counter shots by Troeng, and now the two tie up and Troeng tries to bring the fight to the ground, but Jotko turns at the last moment. The crowd is supporting their local fighter, but the Pole tags Troeng. Two minutes left, and again it is the Swede looking for a tie-up to get the bout to the ground. Jotko is in on the legs and looks to finish on his first take-down of the evening, but Troeng won’t let him finish. And thy are standing with 15 seconds left. Jotko puts his arms up, and Troeng tries to hit him.
Jotko wins by unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-26
Nico Musoke vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Musoke, Sweden’s native son, follows Yakovlev to the cage to a roar of applause from the Stockholm crowd. Before he is sealed within the cage, he raises a hand to the sky, a salute to his homeland, and the crowd goes wild. The crowd is ice cold to Yakovlev during introductions, and the Russian doesn’t attempt a glove-touch. Immediately Musoke pushes Yakovlev to the fence, and begins to pepper his thighs with knees. Musoke with a right-uppercut, then Yakovlev circles out. The Russian throws a heavy kick toward the head of Musoke, and Musoke hits him with a return jab before pushing him once more to the chain-link. Musoke with double underhooks looking for knees to the thigh and uppercuts as he holds the Russian against the fence. A knee up the middle lands for the Swede. Another, then the Russian circles out and attempts a level change, looking for the takedown. It isn’t there, and Musoke once more pressures him to the cage. Musoke lands a right hand as they break, and the Russian fight lands to the body and head. A short left to the head from Yakovlev, then Musoke attempts a level change. Denied is the Swede, and he kicks high in retaliation, but it lands on the gloves. Yakovlev ripping hooks, one to the head that may have cut Musoke, and a mean left hook to the body. The bell sounds and the round has ended.
As the second round begins Yakovlev lands with a right hook, but Musoke pushes him to the fence and secures the Thai clinch, landing one knee before the Russian breaks his grip. A lead hook from Yakovlev and Musoke counters with one of his own. A straight left hand from Yakovlev lands to the body of Musoke, and Musoke decides to shove him to the fence once more. Yakovlev circles out and swings wide, eating a kick to the body. The two exchange hooks and Musoke once more forces him to the cage. Yakovlev circles out, and Musoke hits him with a 1-2. Yakovlev throwing shots from just out of range and gets countered by Musoke with a jab-hook. A spearing right hand lands from Musoke and Yakovlev attempts a shot, but it is stuffed by the Swede, who once more pressures the Russian to the cage. Yakovlev escapes his clutch and takes the center, but Musoke hits him with two consecutive body kicks. Yakovlev throws a right hook, and Musoke clinches, once more taking his Russian opponent to the cage.
Musoke takes the center in the third round, and throws a head kick, which lands on the arm. A jab from Yakovlev and another headkick from Musoke. The Russian disguises his takedown with a straight left hand, but Musoke sees through it, and stuffs the shot. Musoke attempts a takedown, and pushes Yakovlev to the fence, but is denies as the Russian circles out. A right hook from the southpaw Russian lands on Musoke’s chin, and he returns fire with an uppercut before fending off the takedown and forcing the Russian to the fence. A brief reversal of position before Musoke escapes and takes the center once more. A right hand and a left hook land for Musoke, but Yakovlev is unphased. A straight left goes over Musoke’s shoulder and he pounds the Russian with a returning power-hand of his own before dragging Yakovlev into familiar territory against the fence and delivering 2 knees. The two reach the center once more, and Musoke eats a straight left down the pipe followed by an inside leg kick. Musoke swings a headkick and it connects. Yakovlev attempts a body kick, but it lands on the elbow of Musoke. Musoke tosses the Russian against the fence, and the Stockholm crowd begins calling out “Nico!”. Yakovlev, feeling urgent, begins throwing leather, but his hooks are ineffectual and Musoke is moving around them. Musoke pushes Yakovlev to the fence, and the horn sounds, calling an end to the bout.
Musoke wins by unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
Magnus Cedenblad vs. Scott Askham
Cedenblad and Askham refuse the glove-touch, and Askham opens up with leg kicks, followed by a head kick. Cedenblad counters with a right uppercut and pushes Askham to the fence. Cedenblad attempts a takedown and eats a solid left hand, the result is a clinch with Jycken on the outside. The Swede takes control of the Brit’s hips and secures a takedown. Cedenblad lands in guard and begins throwing left hands to the body of Askham. Cedenblad retains top control, landing shots to the body and head of his grounded opponent. Cedenblad passes to side-control, briefly, landing elbows, then Askham places him back within his guard. Cedenblad continues chipping away at Askham from the top position until the horn sounds the end of the round.
Round 2 begins with Cedenblad eating kicks to the leg and body until he decides to take Askham down. Cedenblad diligently works for a guard pass, but Mark Goddard grows weary of the slow action and stands the two up. Cedenblad throws a headkick which lands, and follows up with a straight right, blitzing Askham to the fence. Askham, however, turns him, and takes the dominant position. Cedenblad attempts a toss, but it fails. Cedenblad regains his feet and begins to drop elbows to the obliques, from against the cage until Goddard grows weary and separates them. Cedenblad eats a hard leg kick, then a miraculous front kick to the face which floors him. He wobbles to his feet and Askham shoves him to the fence, pursuing with heavy hands. Askham makes the mistake of clinching and Cedenblad begins to recover as the bell sounds.
Cedenblad smiles at Askham and the two meet once more in the center, this time with a touch of gloves. Cedenblad throws a headkick which lands, and pursues Askham to the fence, but Askham takes a single to the mat where the two land in a 50-50 position. Cedenblad turns the corner, escaping the position and hunting for the back of Askham, which he gets, and uses to pursue a takedown. The takedown is achieved and once more Cedenblad is on top of Askham, this time in half-guard. Cedenblad is landing shots from the top and staying busy as Askham positions him back into guard. Cedenblad mixing things up nicely from the top, body and head shots, but nothing with devestating intent. Goddard decides the two should stand with 40 seconds on the clock, and Askham takes the center, hitting Cedenblad with a body kick and a looping left hand. Askham pushes Cedenblad to the cage and hits him with a left hook, then throws knees up the center. An uppercut lands for Askham, but Cedenblad circles out, seeking a takedown. The battle ends with Cedenblad in this fruitless pursuit.
Cedenblad wins by unanimous decision 29-28, 29-28, 29-28
Niklas Backstrom vs. Mike Wilkinson
Bäckström begins his walk to the cage, and the Stockholm crowd makes some noise for him. During introductions Wilkinson basks in the boos of the Stockholm crowd, head held high. The two fighters neglect the glove touch, and Bäckström leaps in with a leg kick. Wilkinson throws a spinning capoeira kick, and shoots for a takedown, but recieves nothing. Bäckström sends a snapping front kick up the center, then a leg kick which resounds throughout the stadium. Bäckström throws a solid knee up the center, but Wilkinson is unphased. A front kick for Bäckström is caught by Wilkinson, but he throws an over-hand right in return which knocks Bäckström into a state of oblivious unconsciousness. Wilkinson follows up with pounding strikes and the fight is called. As Wilkinson’s hands are raised, the Stockholm crowd boos Wilkinson, showing no respect to the non-native fighter.
Wilkinson wins via KO at 1:19
Ilir Latifi vs. Jan Blachowicz
The same old story unfolds as Blachowicz, the Polish fighter, emerges to an upsetting trumpeting of negativity. Latifi emerges to a triumphant round of cheers, and his typical Rocky Theme-song. Latifi, having absorbed only 2 total strikes in his last 2 fights, looks to remain similarly untouched and keep his win-streak in tact against his Polish foe. The two combatants touch gloves, and Błachowicz opens up with a leg kick that lands on Latifi’s thigh. Latifi tentatively jabs, then ducks under a heavy head-kick. The feeling out process continues, and Błachowicz throws a low kick, followed by a jab. Błachowicz reaches in and throws a heavy right hand, but Latifi fires back with a heavy over-hand left. Latifi eats a heavy kick to the body from Błachowicz, who pounces, swinging heavy leather and sending the Swede to the mat, pounding him into a state of technical knockout.
Blachowicz wins via TKO at 1:58
Akira Corassani vs. Max Holloway – Co-Feature
Holloway and Corassani touch gloves, and the co-main event is on. Corassani throws a leg kick, but it comes up short. Holloway immediately takes the center and eats a solid left hook by the Swede. A headkick is thrown by the American, and he eats a left hook for his trouble followed by a clubbing right hand as Corassani pushes forward. Another heavy right hand thrown by Corassani, and Holloway throws a return leg kick. A left and right land for Corassani, then a glancing right for Holloway. The Hawaiian moves in and out and lands a left-right combination, followed by a right hand that puts Corassani on the mat. Corassani eats followup shots, but manages to clinch. The American doesn’t allow him to regain his composure, however, and snipes him with another solid right hand that puts Corassani once more on the mat. This time, the follow-up shots put Corassani out, and he loses via KO.
Holloway wins via KO at 3:11
Gunnar Nelson vs. Rick Story – Headliner
Nelson emerges to a roar of applause as if he were just another hometown fighter. Nelson’s gaze is ice, all calm determination, as he gazes across the cage at his opponent. Story takes the crowd’s dour displeasure in stride. The two fighters touch glove and this main event is rolling. Story with a leg kick early. Another. 2 more follow, and Gunnar returns fire to the body. The two clinch and Story throws an uppercut before they break. Nelson cracks a solid kick to the midsection of Story. Story with an inside leg kick before the two clinch in the center of the cage. Story throwing right hooks to the body until Nelson secures an inside trip and takes Story to the mat. Story refuses to remain on the mat and springs to his feet, but Nelson once more clinches in the center. More right hooks to the body from Story from the clinch, followed by a right hook to the head on the break. A solid kick to the body lands for Story. An inside low kick from Story puts Nelson on the mat, but he stays there for only a second before springing to his feet. A power left hand lands for Story and Nelson rushes forward, eating another left on his way in, and appearing to think better of it. The two return to the center with Story on the outside. A left hook falls short for Story, but he follows with another and a body kick, both of which land. The horn sounds and the first stanza ends with both fighters on their feet.
Nelson begins this round with a bloodied nose, and Story makes him eat an inside and outside low kick early. Story eats a kick to the body, but returns fire with a looping left hook. Nelson attempts a spinning kick, but Story puts him on the mat, then lets him up. A right hand down the pipe lands for Nelson, and it appears he’s opened a cut on the brow of Story. Story lurches forward with a left hook, then backs off, and eats a straight right from Nelson. Another clinch from Nelson, but he eats vicious body hooks for his trouble. Story with a solid Left hook and a following overhand jab. Story pushing forward with an inside leg kick. Two feinted jabs put Story in position for a straight power hand to the body. Nelson reaches in with a right hand. Nelson clubs Story with a right hand as he attempts another inside leg kick, both land their shots. Nelson throws a right hand to the body and eats an overhand left. The two break as the bell sounds.
The third round begins with a touch of gloves and Story once more opens up with an inside leg kick, but is taken down by Nelson. Story refuses to stay down, however and is back up momentarily. Nelson clinches and Story digs several body shots, but eats a solid knee up the center. Another inside leg kick for Story, and Nelson’s legs are showing damage. Nelson clinches once more, but Story breaks his hold. Right hand lands a glancing blow for Nelson, then Nelson throws a powerful body kick which finds its mark. Story with the leg kick once more. Nelson jumps in with a straight right, but Story is unphased. A solid returning left from Story lands on the chin of Nelson. Right hook on the chin for Nelson, but Story keeps moving. High kick for Nelson lands on the gloves of Story and Story puts his power hand on the chin of Nelson, followed by hooks to the body against the fence. Story backs off and ducks below a left hook from Nelson. Another leg kick lands for Story, followed by a straight left and a hook to the body. Story ducks under Nelson’s hook and tags him with a shot of his own, including left hooks to the body. Solid left hooks, head-body-body, land for Story on his Icelandic foe, and once more the bell signals the round’s end.
The Main Event Rounds commence as Story and Nelson enter the 4th round. Story, as expected opens the stanza with 2 low kicks. A solid right hook to the body from the American, followed by a straight left hand. A solid left hand smashes against the skull of Nelson and he’s floored. Story follows him to the mat, placing shots repeatedly on the face of the Icelandic fighter. Story is unable to finish and allows Nelson to stand. Nelson shoots for a takedown, but it is stuffed by Story, and the two once more take the center of the Octagon. Nelson attempts a takedown once more, but it ends with story in the center of the cage, and the two clinched. Knee to the body from Story, followed by hooks to the body. Another knee and the clinch breaks. A right hand lands for the Icelandic fighter, and he eats a right hook to the body followed by consecutive straight left hands from the American opponent. Story appears to be slowing, and his output has decreased, but he places a solid left hand to the chin of Nelson. Again, and again. Story closes the round with a punctuating right hook to the skull of his Viking foe.
The 5th and Final round begins, and Story’s patented beginning of round leg kicks open this stanza. An oblique kick misses for Story, and Nelson cuts an angle throwin a glancing right hand. A kick to the body lands for Nelson, but Story clinches and lands to the body and head. The two break and a front kick lands for Nelson. Story returns with a left straight to the head, followed by a right hook to the body. Nelson lands a thudding right hand between the gloves, followed by an overhand right. Story lands with a low kick and a straight left hand, but eats a solid right from the Viking. Nelson clinches and takes more punishment to the body from his American rival. Nelson eats a left hand and returns with a lead hook of his own that falls short. Nelson clinches and absorbs damage to the body again. Nelson clinches once more, eats a knee up the middle and three thumping right hooks to the body before the two break. Nelson with a jab, followed by 3 left hands from Story. Another. Nelson steps forward with a right hand, but as the 10 second mark is sounded, Story uncorks with a solid flurry. The horn sounds the end of this contest, and the judges will render a decision.
Story wins by split decision 50-44, 49-46, 47-48