Rob “Razor” Wilkinson 11-1 MMA (0-1 UFC) will welcome Israel “The Style Bender” Adesanya 11-0 MMA to the UFC in a middleweight bout on the UFC 221 prelims on FOX Sports 1.
Wilkinson is coming off his first and only MMA loss to Siyar Bahadurzada at UFC FN 115 in September. Ten of his eleven victories come by stoppage. The undefeated Adesanya is coming off a first round KO of Stuart Dare at Hex Fight Series 12 in November. All eleven of his victories come by KO/TKO with six in the first round.
Adesanya takes the center to start. After a short feeling out, Wilkinson presses Adesanya against the cage. Adesanya tries for a reversal and Wilkinson tries for a quick standing guillotine but lets it go pretty quick. Wilkinson now has Adesanya pressed against the cage once more. Wilkinson lands a few knees to the body and legs. Wilkinson now gets the trip and Adesanya gets to his feet instantly. Wilkinson trying for a single leg then switches to a double. Another knee to the body and another trip by Wilkinson. Adesanya right back up. Finally Adesanya gets loose and creates some distance. Adesanya controlling the center, lands a few kicks but taking his time trying to set something up. Wilkinson grabs the leg on a kick and they both kind of roll back to their feet. Wilkinson presses Adesanya to the cage again holding pressure. Wilkinson drops for a double but doesn’t get it. Then he tries for a trip and gets the takedown again. Adesanya right back up again. Both fighters have slowed a bit with Wilkinson pressing Adesanya against the cage landing a few small knees to the thigh to close the round.
The MMA Takeover scores the round for Wilkinson 10-9.
Adesanya back to the center misses a few kicks but keeping center control so far on the feet. Wilkinson comes in and backs up Adesanya but misses with a left. Adesanya showing some more aggressive feints. Nice left jab by Adesanya. Wilkinson misses with an overhand right. Nice head-body combo by Adesanya and Wilkinson goes for the takedown but Adesanya sprawls out. Another left jab by Adesanya and Wilkinson with a lazy takedown attempt but nothing. Adesanya lands a head kick then body shot and a knee on the takedown of Wilkinson but Adesanya right back up. Wilkinson is having some success on his takedowns but can’t do anything with them. Wilkinson pressing him against the cage again. Adesanya breaks free on a takedown attempt then land an uppercut and a knee. Adesanya landing when he wants on Wilkinson. Adesanya landing big body shots and knees while Wilkinson is leaning on the cage. Adesanya landing big unanswered shots and the ref steps in to stop the bout.
Official result: Adesanya wins via 2nd rnd. TKO @ 3:37