On Saturday, Oct. 4, the UFC hosted UFC Fight Night 53: Nelson vs. Story from the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden.
The night’s main event featured a welterweight collision between Iceland’s Gunnar Nelson and veteran Rick Story. Nelson had taken the promotion by storm, scoring submission wins in three of his four Octagon appearances. The 26-year-old had yet to taste defeat in his 14-fight career. Story, meanwhile, looked to build off the momentum of a submission victory over Leonardo Mafra in July. Story had struggled with consistency in his UFC tenure, going just 5-5 over his last 10 outings.
In the co-main event, featherweights Akira Corassani and Max Holloway locked horns. Sweden’s Corassani began his UFC stint with three straight wins, but succumbed to top-10 fighter Dustin Poirier in April via strikes. Holloway looked to extend his current winning streak to four. The 22-year-old had compiled a 6-3 record with the promotion, most recently defeating Clay Collard in August.
The 11-fight event kicked off Saturday with the seven-fight preliminary card streaming live on UFC Fight Pass at 12:10 p.m. ET. The four-fight main card followed at 3 p.m. ET, also on UFC Fight Pass.
For the full results of the event, click here.
Above is a post-fight interview with the victorious Story, as well as highlights of his fight with Nelson (courtesy of the UFC). Footage from the fight begins at the 1:31 mark of the video.
Akira Corassani vs. Max Holloway
Jan Blachowicz vs. Ilir Latifi
Niklas Backstrom vs. Mike Wilkinson
Nico Musoke vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Charles Rosa vs. Dennis Siver
Cathal Pendred vs. Gasan Umalatov
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Tor Troeng
Marcin Bandel vs. Mairbek Taisumov
Ernest Chavez vs. Zubaira Tukhugov