Finnish lightweight Juha-Pekka Vainikainen (19-5-1) downed his second-straight UFC veteran, earning a second-round TKO over Kyle Watson (13-8-1) at Saturday's Cage Warriors Fight Night 3 event.
Vainikainen avoided Watson's grappling attack and used occasional standup flurries to control the action before a cut forced the end of the fight.
The bout served as the featured matchup of the event, which took place at The Habtoor Grand Hotel Convention Center & Spa in Beirut, Lebanon, and streamed on MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
Watson continually pushed in from the outside, grinding away in the clinch and looking to work the fight to the floor. However, Vainikainen remained upright on each occasion and began to show a little disdain in his posture when they would break. Watson finally scored a trip in the closing minutes but landed on bottom and had to work himself back to his feet. Once there, it was Vainikainen who scored his own takedown and then landed several crisp punches during an ensuing scramble.
Watson looked to open up the striking game a bit in the second frame, but Vainikainen answered with straight punches down the pipe. Watson struggled to get inside, and when he finally did get a clinch, a deep gash on his forehead saw blood pour over both competitors. A quick doctor's inspection revealed a nasty cut, and the fight was waved off.
Vainikainen, who is now unbeaten in his past nine fights, admitted it wasn't they way he wanted to win the fight but was still thankful for the win.
"Kyle Watson is a really tough guy," Vainikainen said. "Every fighter hates a fight stopped due a cut, so I don't like that, but I'm very happy for the win."