Mike Grundy kicked off his UFC career in impressive fashion, turning in a gritty performance to overcome Nad Naramani in the first UFC London bout of the night.
Grundy came into this UFC debut matchup with the support of his Team Kaobon teammate and UFC London headliner Darren Till behind him and there was a certain level of confidence that was evident from the get-go.
For the most part, he was able to display his increasingly well-rounded skill-set from the first bell to the last. A bronze medalist in freestyle wrestling at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Grundy showed off some very slick and impressive boxing for the vast majority of the contest.
Naramani, who is known best to European fans for his title-winning victory over the former Cage Warriors champion Paddy Pimblett, nearly saw the fight’s momentum swing in his favour after catching his opponent hard in the second-round.
Of course, Grundy was able to rally and score a knockdown – something that led to a visceral exchange between the pair before referee Dan Movahedi had seen enough damage taken on the part of Naramani.
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