Robert Whiteford grinded his way to a split-decision win over Kane Mousah in the main event of ACB 87 on Saturday night in Nottingham.
The UFC veteran and the UK prospect shared an intense face-off at the events weigh-in the day before, but Whitefords ability in the clinch didnt allow Mousah to let his hands go as he would have liked.
The Hammer glued himself to the All Powers fighter for the first two rounds. The Scot forced Mousah to carry his weight, but The Danger still appeared to be the fresher fighter in the final round when caught Whiteford flush with a left hand in the final two minutes.
Following the win, Whiteford addressed the animosity between him and his opponent ahead of their bout.
He said an awful lot of sh*t, and a lot of people thought he was a pr*ck, and I was starting to believe it as well, said Whiteford after the win. Someone cant be that much of a pr*ck, so I think it was all show.
He turned up tonight and he put it on me, but I just feel like I was fighting for the people in here, ACB he disrespected them also and all of us UFC vets and other fighters around the world.
Bellator veteran Fernando Gonzalez wasnt able to disrupt Piotr Struss ACB winning streak when the middleweights clashed in the co-main event.
Gonzalez caused Strus some concern when he rocked him with a left hand, but the Poles size allowed him to dictate the distance and the pace of the fight as Gonzales looked to lunge in and land power shots.
With the win, Strus improved to 4-0 with the promotion since signing in early 2017.
Menga was on the verge of stopping the Japanese veteran when he dropped him in the early exchanges. He dived all over Mizugaki when he hit the ground and threatened briefly with a rear naked choke. However, Mizugaki regained composure and rallied in the final two rounds, scoring numerous takedowns to see himself to victory.
Menga stepped on short notice to face Tim Elliott at UFC on FOX 26, but Elliott refused to fight him when the British fighter was forced to stop his weight cut at 131 lbs. Menga was released shortly after.
UFC veterans Rob Emerson and Andre Winner also added notched to their win columns on the night. Emerson took a unanimous decision over Shamil Shakhbulatov after a competitive 15 minutes. Andre Winner reeled back the years with a slick back take before locking up a rear naked choke to stop Adam Aliev in the second-round of their lightweight meeting.