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Gegard Mousasi closes in on eliminator with decisive win

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By Robert Jones

Gegard Mousasi celebrated a first round win at UFC Fight Night at the SSE Arena to achieve his revenge mission against Uriah Hall.

After last year's shock defeat, the Dutch fighter, ranked number five in the middleweight division, had a score to settle and he claimed a technical knockout victory after taking down Hall to close in on champion Michael Bisping.

Mousasi absorbed one of Hall's trademark spinning back kicks before taking the Jamaican down and finishing him with punches.

Afterwards Mousasi said he wanted an eliminator fight for a shot at Bisping's title.

Conor McGregor's teammate Artem Lobov scored an unanimous decision over Teruto Ishihara. Cheered on by the new champion, the Dublin-based Russian survived a knockdown from his Japanese opponent to secure victory.

Meanwhile, promising lightweight Kevin Lee sparked controversy with his post-fight interview following his second round submission win over Russia's Magomed Mustafaev.

Lee was heavily booed by the Belfast crowd after claiming he was the best lightweight and would defeat the watching McGregor.

Scotland's Stevie Ray claimed bragging rights in the battle of Britain, after defeating England's former Ultimate Fighter winner Ross Pearson by split decision. Ray controlled the pace of the fight with a big takedown in the first round.

Russian heavyweight Alexander Volkov won a split decision on his debut against ranked American fighter Timothy Johnson.

Welsh fighters Brett Johns and Jack Marshman both enjoyed successful nights as they made their debut on the undercard.

Marshman announced his arrival in the middleweight division with a second round TKO of Swede Magnus Cedenblad.

Meanwhile, Johns (24) scored an unanimous judges' decision against South Korean newcomer Kwan Ho Kwak, and was tearful when he spoke to BBC Sport Wales afterwards.

Elsewhere, English heavyweight Mark Godbeer suffered a first-round submission loss to Justin Ledet on his UFC debut, while Ireland's Charlie Ward was knocked out in less than a minute by Abdul Razak Alhassan.

Marion Reneau scored a knockout over Milana Dudieva, while Zak Cummings defeated Alexander Yakovlev by submission. Amanda Cooper defeated Anna Elmose, and Kyoto Horiguchi defeated Ali Bagautinov, both by unanimous decision.

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