Former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi got the sour taste of defeat out of his mouth by submitting Mark Munoz in the main event of UFC Fight Night 41 Saturday in Germany. Mousasi had lost to Lyoto Machida earlier this year via decision.
Mousasi had no trouble handling Munoz and his wrestling style, taking him down himself and working quickly for the rear-naked choke. The win improved Mousasi (35-4-2) to 2-1 with the promotion, while Munoz fell to 13-5 overall and just 1-3 in his last four.
In other action, C.B. Dollaway defeated Francis Carmont via decision, Sean Strickland downed Luke Barnatt in a battle of unbeaten middleweights and Nicklas Backstrom scored a submission won vs. Tom Niinimaki. Mousasi, Dollaway, Backstrom and Magnus Cedenblad were all awarded "Performance of the Night" bonuses and $50,000 each. The attendance was revealed at over 8,000.
Gegard Mousasi def. Mark Munoz via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:57 of Round 1
C.B. Dollaway def. Francis Carmont via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Sean Strickland def. Luke Barnatt via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Niklas Backstrom def. Tom Niinimaki via submission (bulldog choke) at 4:15 of Round 1
Nick Hein def. Drew Dober via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Magnus Cedenblad def. Krzysztof Jotko via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:59 of Round 2
Iuri Alcantara def. Vaughan Lee via TKO (strikes) at :25 of Round 1
Peter Sobotta def. Pawel Pawlak via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Maximo Blanco def. Andy Ogle via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Ruslan Magomedov def. Viktor Pesta via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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