UFC London Results: Luke Barnatt Defeats Mats Nilsson in Barn Burner
by Chris Houten - @mrhouts
Luke Barnatt made a statement on Saturday night defeating Swedish Middleweight Mats Nilsson by impressive TKO in a 1 round barn burner on the prelims on UFC Fight Night 37.
Barnatt started the bout with a crisp left jab which he connected with often to keep the the Swedish Grappler on the outside. The jab was money for Barnatt and he repeatedly caught Nilsson over and over with it. As the opening minutes wore on TUF 17 Barnatt caught Nilsson with an uppercut which left the Swede with visible damage.
Midway through the round, Nilsson charged and caught Barnatt with several heavy overhand punches, which Barnatts credit looked like the May have hurt him but he took them well. As the Swedish contingency in attendance begin to flair up Barnatt fired back with a sneaky superman punch and left head kick to leave Nilsson wobbled against the cage.
Barnatt unleashed a barrage of punches, before dropping Nilsson with a well placed knee forcing the referee to step and and stop the fight, the first stoppage loss of Nilsson's career.
Speaking after the bout, Barnatt said if the stoppage:
Barnatt who looks a promise prospect for British fight fans extends his UFC record to 3-0 and his overall record to 8-0.“I felt a bit cold in the start but when he hit me with a right I woke up. It feels very good to be the first one to ever finish him”