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UFC Fight Night 41: Tom Niinimaki Vs. Niklas Backstrom

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Tom Niinimaki vs. Niklas Backstrom

We open up the main card in the featherweight division, as Ton Niinimaki takes on Niklas Backstrom.

Niinimaki (21-5-1) earned a split decision victory over Rani Yahya in his Octagon debut last November, and is riding a 12-fight win streak.

Backstrom (7-0) is making his debut with the promotion after three straight TKO victories on the regional scene.

Round 1: Backstrom using his length at the start, throwing long kicks. Niinimaki, though, gets in close and deep and scores with a takedown. Little trouble executing the move for Niinimaki, but Backstrom has the long legs and is tying him up. Nice takedown defense from Backstrom, staying upright. Backstrom jumps into a guillotine and drops down. He appears to have it locked in tight, but Niinimaki gets a bit of breathing room. He pops his head out and is free. Big knee and Backstrom grabs a headlock and gets the tap immediately. Great debut for Backstrom.

Niklas Backstrom def. Tom Niinimaki via submission (headlock) at 4:15 of Round 1