Another fighter from Stockholm, Abedi also enters the arena to a raucous and supportive crowd.
Round 1: Abedi favoring kicks early on. Head scoring with straight punches. Head engages the clinch and presses Abedi into the cage. Abedi turns Head into the cage and takes him down with the high crotch. Abedi in full guard. Abedi gets in some short ground and pound before passing to half guard. Head gets to his feet though and lands a solid knee from the clinch. Both men get in some good punches. Head finding a home for his straight right. It looks like he has Abedi worried, preventing the Swede’s takedown attempts and making him pay with elbows and hard rights. Abedi is rocked, he falls to the mat and Head follows him down, taking top position. Head takes the back and sinks in the rear naked choke, forcing Abedi to tap.
James Head defeated Papy Abedi via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:33 of round 1