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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For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(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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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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