Only 2.00 on Papy? I thought he would be a bigger underdog. Tough tough fight for Papy, he's done so well so far but never fought anyone with a name before. I think the UFC's matchmaking botched this one.
That said, WAR MAKAMBO! First Swede on the main card!
Round 1 - Alves misses a leg kick and Abedi fires a flurry back that gets through a little. Hard leg kicks continue for Alves and he's throwing hard. Abedi trying to walk him down but continuing to eat leg kicks. A few punches from Abedi and he pushes Alves into the cage. Thiago with a knee to the body. Abedi firing hard punches still and a nice leg kick of his own. Hard body kick by Alves. Head kick by Alves blocked but leg kick lands very hard. Abedi checks a kick and lands some hard punches. This is a very competitive first half of the round. Right hand by Alves and a few more shots and Abedi is hurt. Alves follows him to the ground and he's landing hard shots. Full mount now and he is opening up hard with elbows and Abedi is bleeding. Abedi gives up his back and Alves sinks in the choke for the submission victory. Thiago Alves wins by submission (rear naked choke), round 1.