UFC 204: Stars of The Night


The UFC landed back in the U.K. on Saturday as a sold out Manchester crowd enjoyed some violence at UFC 204. Headlined by the rematch between Manchester's own Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson for the UFC Middleweight championship, the event featured some standout performances out of fighters from both sides of the pond but only a select few went above and beyond to make our list.

Jimi Manuwa 


The hardest hitting English fighter in the UFC did what he does best on Saturday and knocked his opponent clean out. Not just any opponent either. Manuwa switched Ovince Saint Preux's lights out with a huge left hook midway through the second round. Saint Preux is one of the world's best light heavyweight fighters and he had some success in the wrestling exchanges in round one but Manuwa used his devastating body kicks to slow him down.

The second round was all "Posterboy" as he walked Saint Preux down against the cage where he landed a counter right hand that staggered the former 205-pound title challenger. Manuwa showed great patience as he set up the left hook that completely shut the lights out. Manuwa now has 4 KO/TKO victories inside the octagon. The win will also shoot him up into possible contention.


Iuri Alcantara


The Brazilian submission machine flew into enemy territory and well, destroyed the hometown hero Brad Pickett. Iuri looked sharp early on landing some big body kicks which got the attention of Pickett who kept moving forward regardless of the vicious striking.

The end came thanks to a spinning elbow that rocked Pickett followed by a flurry of strikes sending the Brit crashing to the canvas. Immediately smelling blood, Alcantara mounted Pickett and in the ensuing scramble sunk in a deep triangle choke forcing the long-time veteran to tap.


Mike Perry


Mike Perry and his opponent, Danny Roberts both promised a violent encounter on Saturday and they delivered. On the night it was "Platinum" Perry who walked away with the win thanks to a late third round knockout win. Throughout the three rounds, both men exchanged huge punches and vicious knees.

While both had their respective times in control, it was Perry who seemingly waited until the end of each round to really push the action. Towards the end of the third round, a huge knee and follow-up ground strikes stopped Roberts. With the win, Perry moves his record to a perfect 9-0 and is undefeated in his two UFC outings to date, winning both by KO.


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Nick Strickland
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