Nico Musoke survives near stoppage in 1st round to come back and defeat Andrade
Nico Musoke was almost finished with one punch in the first round of his fight against Viscardi Andrade, but the Swedish fighter weathered the storm and came back to pick up an impressive decision victory in Brazil.
Musoke survived an early scare to earn a unanimous decision win.
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By Damon Martin
One of the biggest mistakes a fighter can make is believing an opponent is finished before the referee actually steps in to stop the action.
Viscardi Andrade found that out the hard way on Saturday night after he flattened Nico Musoke with a thunderous overhand right that sent the Swedish fighter crashing to the mat in the first round. Instead of instantly following him to the ground to get the finish, Andrade decided to throw his hands up in celebration, believing he landed a one punch knockout.
Musoke was able to survive and regain his composure and in the moment it appeared Andrade's excitement got the best of him as his energy dropped to negative levels for the remainder of the fight.
In the second round, Musoke took over the fight with crisp striking including a high kick that slammed into Andrade's face followed up by a series of quick hooks that stunned the Brazilian fighter. As the fight wore on, Musoke's control tightened like a vice grip as Andrade just didn't have the power to muster a come back of his own.
Following a single punch that almost finished the fight, Musoke ended up out striking Andrade 45 to 24 in significant strikes most notably in the second round where he out landed his opponent by a margin of 21 to 2.
Musoke (12-2, 1 NC) picks up his second win in the UFC, this time by going into his opponent's backyard while also coming back from a stunning knockdown in the first round. The Swedish born welterweight has a bright future ahead and with the UFC expanding more and more into Europe in 2014, he could be a mainstay of some of those cards in the coming months.