Mike Grundy responded to adversity by stopping Nad Narimani despite being rocked himself to kick off UFC London.
Mike Grundy, a training partner of UFC London headliner Darren Till, will be making his promotional debut today. The Englishman won a bronze medal in freestyle wrestling at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The wrestling specialist is 11-1 as a professional, with the only loss coming to former UFC fighter Damian Stasiak. Grundy has fought for both ACA and BAMMA in his career.
Nad Narimani made waves in Cage Warriors by defeating hyped prospect Paddy Pimblett for the promotion’s featherweight championship. Since then, Narimani is 2-0 in the UFC with a pair of decision wins in 2018.
The first fight of the night started with Mike Grundy landing several punches against Nad Narimani with Narimani struggling to find his range. As soon as Narimani did, Grundy landed a double-leg takedown, moving into side control, then taking the back of Narimani. Narimani stood up using the cage with Grundy hanging on, eventually breaking free. Narimani shot for a double-leg of his own, but it was easily stuffed by Grundy.
Mike Grundy started the second round with a cracking right straight, then a counter left hand as Narimani came in. Grundy was then briefly dropped in an exchange. Both fighters found their range on the feet as Narimani landed a straight, to which Grundy responded with a takedown attempt. Grundy shot in for a double, but it was easily stopped by Narimani. An one-two from Narimani rocked Grundy and sent him backpedaling, Grundy avoided a high kick then responded with a hook that dropped his opponent despite being rocked. Narimani popped up, but Grundy followed him with punches and the fight was stopped on the feet.
Mike Grundy def. Nad Narimani by TKO in Round 2 (4:42)