The Ultimate Fighter Finale is upon us, and it's one sweet card. You could say it's surprisingly deep, in fact. Frankly, fight fans, this will probably go down as one of the sleeper cards of the year. Check out the full results below.
Flyweight: Demetrious Johnson def. Tim Elliott via unanimous decision.
This is arguably the best fight in flyweight history. I don't care what anyone says. Read the recap here.
Flyweight: Joseph Benavidez def. Henry Cejudo via split-decision.
Welterweight: Jorge Masvidal def. Jake Ellenberger via TKO (round 1).
Light Heavyweight: Jared Cannonier def. Ion Cutelaba via unanimous decision.
I don't know what we just saw here. Both of these men rocked each other with shots that sounded like the echoed across the Vegas desert, but still, they kept walking forward. Somehow, the slugfest lasted 15 whole minutes (it could've been over like, 10 times, but a Zombie Cannonier walked into the Hulk Cutelaba's hard shots as the time wound down. It was fun. Can't stress enough how loud the punches were.
Women's Bantamweight: Sara McMann def. Alexis Davis via arm-triangle submission (round 2).
Alexis Davis hit Sara McMann so hard she couldn't feel her face! Read the whole recap here.
Flyweight: Brandon Moreno def. Ryan Benoit via split-decision.
Flyweights are fun because they're full of stereotypes. The fighters never get tired and every fight is a knock-down drag-out banger that you'll only be able to appreciate years down the line. Also — Herb Dean looks like a giant next to them. Flyweight Men is the hipster MMA weight class, and this fight is a good reason why. It fast, fun, hard-hitting and full of hustle.
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Featherweight : Ryan Hall def. Gray Maynard via unanimous decision.
Remember Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites? This was kind of like the featherweight version. Ryan Hall, the world BJJ champ, would do his best to goad Maynard into his guard with all manners of flips and flops, but Maynard wasn't having it. Maynard's frustration grew with Hall's unorthodox style, and it led to him being wide open for multiple hook kicks to the face. Super weird fight. Maynard looks drained and slow at 145, and possibly respected Hall's guard far too much.
After the fight, Maynard was visibly pissed.
Bantamweight : Rob Font def. Matt Schnell via TKO (round 1).
Rob Font is a dangerous bantamweight who has won 5 of his last 6 with 5 stoppages. Schnell was game to bang, but that's a death sentence against someone like Font. Font stunned Schnell with a wicked front kick then the beginning of the end came with this brutal knee:
Lightweight: "Maestro" Dong Hyun Kim def. Brendan O'Reilly via unanimous decision.
First off: This is Dong Hyun Kim is NOT "Stun Gun." This is "Maestro" and he's a lightweight to the veteran Kim's welterweight.
An illegal knee that was for some reason not enforced didn't mar Kim's smothering ground and pound on O'Reilly. When he was on his feet, O'Reilly tried to work the legs but his kicks led right to easy takedowns for Kim. The first nine minutes were all Kim, while the third round was foot stomps and dirty boxing (featuring some nasty elbows) against the cage from O'Reilly. Eventually, Kim was able to work another takedown and it was all over.
Women's Strawweight: Jamie Moyle def. Kailin Curran via unanimous decision.
This was a close fight from the former TUFers. Moyle got the takedowns (she spammed over a dozen) and was better on the ground in general, but Curran made it difficult with her far more accurate strikes. Curran ate more than her fair share of punches, however. Quite the bloodbath between these two ladies. In the end, Moyle's takedowns and GnP was too much.
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Middleweight: Anthony Smith def. Elvis Mutapcic via TKO (round 2).
Smith had his absolute way with Mutapicic early and often, tagging him with a flurry of jabs in the second, then busting him open with knees and elbows as he gassed. Smith just completely broke him down minute by minute until he could take no more.
Light Heavyweight: Devin Clark def. Josh Stansbury via unanimous decision.
Spoiler alert: he got out.