Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 84.
Today’s special event comes to us from The O2 Arena in London and airs entirely on UFC Fight Pass.
But this is no second-rate event. Instead, it features a former champion, a native England fighter, a former Strikeforce titleholder, an ex-UFC contender and an intriguing prospect – and that’s just the main card.
Michael Bisping, fighting in London for the first time since 2010, will take on former UFC champion Anderson Silva in a five-round middleweight main event. Bisping has won two straight, while Silva has been sidelined due to a suspension for a failed drug test following his return last January vs. Nick Diaz.
In the co-main event, Gegard Mousasi meets former title challenger Thales Leites, while Tom Breese puts his perfect record on the line vs. Keita Nakamura in another main card bout. The four-fight main card kicks off at 4 p.m. ET with another English fighter, Brad Pickett, battling Francisco Rivera.
Fights set for the prelims, which start at 12:45 p.m. ET, of note include Makwan Amirkhani vs. Mike Wilkinson, Davey Grant vs. Marlon Vera, Arnold Allen vs. Yaotzin Meza and Norman Parke vs. Rustam Khabilov.
Now, let’s get to the action:
David Teymur vs. Martin Svensson
We begin the event in the lightweight division, as David Teymur (3-1) and Martin Svensson (14-5) make their Octagon debuts against one another. They were members of Team Conor McGregor on the recent season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Round 1: Very patient approach from both fighters here, as they are getting adjusted to one another and the size of the cage. Svensson gains the advantage in a scramble, grabbing hold of Teymur. He’s the more experienced fighter, but is unable to get the takedown. Teymur catches a kick and Svensson tries to entice him to the ground, but he’ll have none of it. Takedown for Teymur to likely secure the opening round.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Teymur
Round 2: Teymur comes right out as the aggressor. Teymur has him hurt and rocked and this one is all over. Huge uppercut rocked Svensson and he followed up with a few strikes to end it.
David Teymur def. Martin Svensson via TKO (strikes) at 1:26 of Round 2
Teemu Packalen vs. Thibault Gouti
We’ll stay in the lightweight ranks with Teemu Packalen (7-1) and Thibault Gouti (11-0) square off. Gouti, a former professional squash player, replaces Lukasz Sajewski on short notice.
Round 1: Packalen rocks him just seconds into the round. He tries for some ground-and-pound, Gouti rolls to his stomach and Packalen grabs the back. He locks up a rear-naked choke and this one is over.
Teemu Packalen def. Thibault Gouti via submission (rear-naked choke) at :24 of Round 1
Daniel Omielanczuk vs. Jarjis Danho
All the way up to the heavyweight division as we try to keep the finish streak intact with Daniel Omielanczuk (17-5-1) welcoming the unbeaten Jarjis Danho (6-0) to the UFC. Omielanczuk picked up a win last year to even his Octagon mark to 2-2. Danho has earned all six of his career wins via stoppage.
Round 1: These two like to finish fights early, so it’s likely we’ll push our finish streak to three in a row to start the card. Huge kick from Omielanczuk to the body and they trade leather. More shots are traded and they find a mark, as Janho gets the better off the exchange. Omielanczuk with a left to the chin that has him hurt and he’s going on the attack. Another knee lands, but there is no quit in Janho. Series of knees from in tight by the Polish fighter, but he just misses on a nasty elbow.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Janho
Round 2: Leg kicks by Omielanczuk, as he’s looking to chop down Danho. Despite looking to be in better shape coming in, Danho might be suffering from Octagon jitters. He’s slowing down, backing against the cage quite often in retreat mode. Huge shot to the body by Omielanczuk as he takes a deep breath and fires off another. Danho comes alive, pushing forward and trying to connect. Omielanczuk pounces and Janho appears to want out. It was hard to tell if it was even a strike or just exhaustion from Janho. We have an illegal strike it appears, as Janho had a hand down and Omielanczuk connected with a knee. Didn’t hear a point deduction, as Leon Roberts just issues a warning. Omielanczuk pounces again and this one might be over soon. He’s all over him with shots against the fence, but again, Janho survives. Sorry, feel like Joe Rogan a bit with the premature finish comments, but Janho decided to continue and fight.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Omielanczuk
Round 3: The corner of Danho was pushing him to get “angry,” but he looks to just be going through the motions. Low blow takes Danho off his feet and we have a break. Upon replay, Danho threw a knee and Omielanczuk connected with what looked like a legal strike just below the belt. The doctor is coming in to check things over now and this one is all over.
Daniel Omielanczuk def. Jarjis Danho via majority technical decision (29-29, 29-28, 29-28)