UFC Fight Night 118 results: Oskar Piechota settles for decision win over Jonathan Wilson

Oskar Piechota nearly knocked out Jonathan Wilson out at the end of the second round, and nearly submitted him at the end of the third.

But after running out of time in both instances, Piechota (10-0-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) had to settle for a win on the scorecards, beating Wilson (7-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) via unanimous decision after three rounds.

The middleweight bout opened up the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 118 event at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Piechota put Wilson on the defensive early on, thanks to his slick grappling skills. After spending much of the first round on Wilson’s back, trying in vain to lock up a rear-naked choke, the action moved to the feet in the second, which is when Wilson got his own offense going for the first time with some well-placed kicks.

But in the waning moments of the second round, Piechota came lunging in with a hard right hand that dropped Wilson, but left no time on the clock for Piechota to follow up. Wilson survived to see the third, but his fortunes didn’t improve there.

After a Piechota takedown early in the round, Wilson spent most of the final frame just trying to survive as Piechota battered him from mount. In the final minute of the fight, Piechota moved from strikes to submissions, locking up a beautiful armbar-to-triangle choke combo that had Wilson in serious danger, only to again be saved by the horn.

Still, the result was clear enough by that point, and Piechota took the fight with a clean sweep on three judges’ scorecards, winning by 30-27 scores across the board.

With the win in his UFC debut, Piechota remains perfect as a professional. Wilson has lost three straight in the UFC.

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(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in Poland.)

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Meet Oskar Piechota, who lives 10 minutes from UFC Fight Night 118 host

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GDANSK, Poland – Fighters don’t get much more local than Oskar Piechota, who lives 10 minutes from the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, that hosts UFC Fight Night 118.

Four months ago, Piechota (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was just another fighter trying to break through to the big time. Then his manager called him up with a short-notice opportunity, a fight for the vacant middleweight title in Cage Warriors Fighting Championships.

Piechota delivered big with a 32-second knockout that crowned him champ, and then the big show called. It’s been a fast year, but he attributes the turn of events to good representation.

“My manager has his hands in everything, so he did it,” said Piechota, who faces Jonathan Wilson (7-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed main card of Saturday’s event. “I did my work, and he did his paperwork, so it works.”

The undefeated fighter now joins a strong contingent of fighters from Poland who will fight in front of their countrymen on the world’s biggest MMA stage. It’s the second time the UFC has held an event in the country.

“It’s a great feeling that I can show my skills in front of my crowd, so I’ll try to do my best,” Piechota told MMAjunkie.

His opponent, Wilson, held onto an undefeated record until his second UFC fight. Now 1-2 in the octagon, he’ll look to hand Piechota his first professional loss.

The majority of Wilson’s wins come by way of knockout, but Piechota doesn’t tailor his approach to his opponents’ weaknesses.

“I always try to look for his stronger side, and I try to prepare for everything,” he said.

Piechota said Poland wasn’t ready for the UFC the first time the promotion visited because MMA wasn’t well known. But like many other locales where the industry-leader plants its flag, awareness brings growing popularity. And more importantly, it brings support for local fighters.

When Piechota’s home city gets announced, he’ll hear that in the arena. Then it’s on to his job.

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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New weight class, new timezone, no problem for UFC-Gdansk's Jonathan Wilson

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GDANSK, Poland – When Jonathan Wilson enters the octagon on Saturday, he’ll not only be battling an undefeated opponent. He’ll be doing it in a foreign country, against its home product, in a new weight division.

Still, for Wilson, it’s business as usual at UFC Fight Night 118.

For some of the U.S.-based athletes who are set to fight at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, the first battle started early in the week by having to adjust to the timezone (11 hours ahead of Pacific Time). In Wilson’s case, though, being a night owl has come in handy.

“Pretty much before fighting I was like a bouncer at a nightclub and stuff like that,” Wilson told MMAjunkie ahead of the preliminary card bout, which streams live on UFC Fight Pass. “I’m used to not going to sleep until 5, 6 in the morning. So, honestly, the schedule is totally fine with me. I still find time to sleep, and I’m not a big sleeper. It hasn’t affected me so much.”

That’s not the only added factor for Wilson, who’ll also be making his debut in the 185-pound division after a three-fight octagon stint at light heavyweight. But Wilson, who’s already officially weighed in at 186 pounds, said the change was a non-issue.

In fact, while he felt “like a beast” at 205 pounds, the middleweight had already started considering a switch after his second UFC bout. So, when his management suggested the change, he was fully on board.

“I was so happy to do it, because I already knew my body could,” Wilson said. “So pretty much this camp, I started it pretty much where 185ers start at. I had no problem getting that at all.”

With the pre-fight concerns out of the way, Wilson (7-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has one more obstacle to overcome: the undefeated Oskar Piechota (9-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a former Cage Warriors champion who gets to have his UFC debut in front of a friendly crowd. But, once more, Wilson remains unfazed.

All the studying has been done, as well as the work to make sure its applied properly inside the cage. Any holes in Piechota’s game, Wilson says, will be dealt with on fight day. Whatever happens, though, he does believe the match is bound to be action-packed.

“I see an exciting fight, and I see a war,” Wilson said. “I don’t call out finishes or anything like that. For the most part I just know I like the matchup. I like the opponent and everything I’ve watched on him, every jiu-jitsu tournament, every fight. He goes for it. He works.

“At the end of the day, that’s exactly the type of fighter that I want. The fights that suck, the fighters that won’t fight, the fighters that run or the fighters that lay-and-pray. Even when he hits the ground, he’s moving, he’s working, he’s doing something. So it will be a good fight no matter what.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 118 staff picks: How many are picking unbeaten Darren Till to upset 'Cowboy'?

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The UFC returns to Poland this week with a fun welterweight scdrap in the main event.

UFC Fight Night 118 takes place Saturday at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, and the entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, former lightweight title challenger Donald Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC) continues his run at welterweight against unbeaten British up-and-comer Darren Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC). Cerrone is a slight betting favorite and is trying to snap the first two-fight losing skid of his career. He’s the pick of seven of our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts.

In the co-feature, former women’s strawweight title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) fights for her home fans in Poland against Jodie Esquibel (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who will be making her UFC debut. Kowalkiewicz is the biggest favorite on the card at more than 4-1, and to little surprise she’s a unanimous pick from our staff members.

Also on the main card, Jan Blachowicz (19-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC) fights in front of his home fans in a light heavyweight bout against Devin Clark (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC). But it’s Clark who has the nod from eight of our 10 pickers. And unbeaten promotional newcomer Oskar Piechota (9-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will try to thrill his home fans when he takes on Jonathan Wilson (7-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at middleweight. Piechota is a 2-1 favorite and is our second unanimous pick on the card.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Cerrone, Kowalkiewicz, Blachowicz and Piechota are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC-Gdansk in-depth breakdown: Stylistic matchups, fight picks, best bets and fantasy studs

MMAjunkie Radio co-host and MMAjunkie contributor Dan Tom provides an in-depth breakdown of all of UFC Fight Night 118’s main-card bouts.

UFC Fight Night 118 takes place Saturday at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland and streams entirely on UFC Fight Pass.

UFC 216 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

Donald Cerrone (32-9-1 MMA, 19-6-0 UFC)

Donald Cerrone.

Staple info:

  • Height: 6’1″ Age: 34 Weight: 170 lbs. Reach: 73″
  • Last fight: Decision loss to Robbie Lawler (July 29, 2017)
  • Camp: Jackson-Wink MMA (New Mexico)
  • Stance/striking style: Orthodox / Muay Thai
  • Risk management: Fair

Supplemental info:
+ Multiple Muay Thai titles
^ 28-0 as a pro kickboxer
+ 8 KO victories
+ 16 submission wins
+ 13 first-round finishes
+ KO power
+ Intelligent strike setups
^ Feints, reads, reacts
+ Devastating head kicks
+ Accurate and intercepting knees
+ Hard leg kicks
^ Most landed in UFC history
+ Underrated wrestling ability
+ Excellent transitional grappler
+/- 4-7 against UFC southpaws

Darren Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC)

Darren Till.

Staple info:

  • Height: 6’0″” Age: 24 Weight: 170 lbs. Reach: 74″
  • Last fight: Decision win over Bojan Velickovic (Sept. 2, 2017)
  • Camp: Team Kaobon (England)
  • Stance/striking style: Southpaw / Muay Thai
  • Risk management: Fair

Supplemental info:
+ K-1 European title
+ Luta Livre purple belt
+ 9 KO victories
+ 2 submission wins
+ 4 first-round finishes
+ KO power
+ Good feints and footwork
+ Accurate left hand
^ Coming forward or off the counter
+ Hard Thai kicks
^ Works well to the body
+ Strong inside the clinch
^ Dangerous elbows and knees
+ Underrated grappling ability
^ Shows good positional awareness

Summary:

The main event on UFC Fight Pass features a muay Thai maelstrom between Donald Cerrone and Darren Till.

A top-ranked welterweight who is looking to recover from a two-fight losing skid, Cerrone is in Gdansk to get his redemption. There, the American will find Till, an undefeated Englishman who is seeking to steal the spotlight and further state his arrival.

Starting off on the feet, we have two Thai-style strikers who ply their craft in different ways.

Till, the southpaw, will work behind subtle feints and solid footwork, creating angles that allow him to capitalize and counter on his opponent’s reactions. Favoring his heavy left cross, Till possesses a pull-counter that bears a slight resemblance to Conor McGregor, typically stunning his opposition when landing cleanly.

However, Till’s one-sided ways have often drawn criticism and questions about his game as a whole, something he will likely have to answer for in this matchup. With that in mind, it will be interesting to see if Till makes the adjustments and displays the proficiency of his right hand, especially considering that right hands have typically been Cerrone’s common culprit against both stances.

I will also be curious to see how Till’s kicking arsenal of playing, prodding and picking his places for power will play out with Cerrone, who never seems to shy away from trading shots.

Embracing his frame and kickboxing base, Cerrone does an excellent job of using leg kicks and teeps from a distance. Mixing in punches appropriately, Cerrone will draw out his opponent’s defenses to set up the fight-ending head kicks that comprise his highlight reel.

And though those head kicks could tax Till’s low-handed leans, I see Cerrone getting much more mileage in this matchup with his leg kicks.

Till typically utilizes a wide stance to facilitate his power shot and pull-counter agenda, something that usually makes his lead leg available, as we saw Bojan Velickovic exploit in Till’s last outing.

Still, Till has displayed the composure and craft to work through this opening, inviting opponents to kick his leg as he keeps counter crosses at the ready. But against the fighter who has landed the most leg kicks in UFC history, the Englishman will most certainly be playing with fire if he fails to make adjustments.

Cerrone will also provide much more than kicks and knees. He’s made strides in his overall striking in recent years, particularly inside the pocket or when throwing in combination. Under the care of Brandon Gibson, this most recent iteration of Cerrone has him moving his head and torso offline and at angles, unloading his punches with different mechanics than before.

Often punching his way out of exchanges with his left-hook, Cerrone will feed his newfound flow into his patent head kicks, as his arsenal is now much more symbiotic –– which in turn makes him more dangerous.

Another potential linchpin in this matchup resides inside the clinch.

Both men are unabashedly offensive in this space, but I believe Till is quietly the better defensive fighter, as Cerrone has been surprisingly hittable from here for much of his career. Furthermore, Till also appears to be technically competent and comfortable in the clinch – which coupled with being the naturally bigger man – could pay potential dividends.

Nevertheless, Cerrone is not reliant on the clinch to get off his strikes or offensive grappling. Keeping an excellent reactionary shot in his holster, Cerrone will usually use it to throw off an opponent early, or go to it when he is under heavy fire.

Should Cerrone get the Englishman to the floor, he will surely have the on-paper advantage. Whether he is attacking off of his back or plotting his next move from a topside half-guard, Cerrone is a natural, gifted transitional grappler. But on-paper advantages can often be misleading, as I do believe Till is an underrated grappler to boot.

Coming from a Luta Livre background (a style more synonymous with catch wrestling than jiu-jitsu), Till demonstrates excellent positional awareness and disciplined hand-fighting, a technique that allows him to unleash unforgiving elbows when on top.

From the bottom, Till displays craft and composure, but will smartly not stick around long to see how things play out. Instead, the Englishman will typically elect to turtle-out to his base and work to stand from there. If Till can continue this approach while protecting his back, then I do not see ground stanzas lasting for large portions of the round.

With the betting lines being closer than expected, it seems that the oddsmakers and public either have high faith in Till – or fleeting faith in Cerrone.

As for me, it is easy to see why Cerrone is favored to win. He has more experience in big fights and has a much more diverse arsenal. But on the other hand, I can also see why Till is a live dog in this spot.

From his southpaw stance, brutal body attacks and confident attitude, he carries all the intangibles that have traditionally troubled Cerrone. All of the intangibles –– minus a high pace.

Like many traditional muay Thai fighters, Till can arguably be too comfortable in outclassing his opponent on a micro-level, which can be dangerous considering that MMA judges have trouble interpreting striking from a macro-level. If Till cannot significantly change the course of this fight with his power, then I see Cerrone having a stylistic edge should this contest go to the cards.

I’m a fan of Till’s game and am rooting for him to do well, but it is ultimately hard to pick him based on the information at hand. For that reason, I suggest keeping your money in your pocket and holding onto your beer firmly –– this fight will likely be a back-and-forth affair that could go long.

Official pick: Cerrone by decision

Official outcome: To be determined

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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC Fight Night 118 in Poland

We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 118 event in Poland.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMAjunkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC Fight Night 118 staff picks we release Friday ahead of the event. UFC Fight Night 118 takes place at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, and the entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till

Records: Donald Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC), Darren Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC)
Past five: Cerrone 3-2, Till 4-0-1
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: Cerrone No. 10
Odds (as of 10/15/17): Cerrone -150, Till +120

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Jodie Esquibel vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Records: Jodie Esquibel (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC)
Past five: Esquibel 3-2, Kowalkiewicz 3-2
Division: Women’s strawweight
Rankings: Kowalkiewicz No. 4
Odds (as of 10/15/17): Kowalkiewicz -465, Esquibel +345

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Jan Blachowicz vs. Devin Clark

Records: Jan Blachowicz (19-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC), Devin Clark (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC)
Past five: Blachowicz 1-4, Clark 4-1
Division: Light heavyweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 10/15/17): Clark -150, Blachowicz +120

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Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson

Records: Oskar Piechota (9-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Jonathan Wilson (7-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC)
Past five: Piechota 5-0, Wilson 3-2
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 10/15/17): Piechota -200, Wilson +160

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Jonathan Wilson drops to middleweight, meets newcomer Oskar Piechota at UFC Fight Night 118

The UFC’s October return to Poland is beginning to take shape with the addition of a middleweight bout between Jonathan Wilson and Oskar Piechota.

UFC officials have not formally announced the matchup, but Wilson (7-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) revealed on social media that he’s been booked against Piechota (9-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 118:

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UFC Fight Night 118 takes place Oct. 21 at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. The event streams on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Wilson hasn’t seen action since UFC Fight Night 96 in October where he dropped a unanimous decision to Ion Cutelaba. It marked his second consecutive defeat after starting his career 7-0 and apparently prompted “Johnny Bravo” to change weight classes.

Piechota, meanwhile, becomes the latest Polish fighter to join the UFC roster. He’s unbeaten through 10 career fights and has managed to stop his opponent inside the distance in each of his wins. Piechota has already earned two knockout wins this year, both coming in a combined fight time of 69 seconds.

The latest UFC Fight Night 118 card now includes:

  • Ramazan Emeev vs. Trevor Smith
  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Devin Clark
  • Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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