Ladies and Gentlemen, we are Liiive for another Ultimate Finale here at the Palms in Las Vegas. The crowd has been shuffling in and the place is starting to fill up. Joe Rogan is taking pictures with his cell phone -I would have thought he'd bring a real a camera, but whatever. Don't forget to stay tuned to Joe's comedy special on Spike TV immediately following the finale. OK, the lights are out and the music is blaring as Cameron Dollar makes his way through the tunnel and we are moments away. Some super hot blond a few rows over can't stop yelling, "I love you, Cameron." I need to learn how to fight. Here comes Jason Dent. His walkout song: a punk remix of The Rolling Stones' Paint it Black and it's pretty awesome. I'll keep the new fights on top, so hit refresh every couple minutes and enjoy. Note to West Coasters: Spoilers included!
Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida
Holy crap, Sanchez is here to fu*king fight. Joe Rogan said he was going to call the cops if Lytle and Burns didn't get Fight on the Night and I think he better get the 9 and the 1 queued up in his phone. Now it's Guida puttin some hurt on Sanchez from the top position. Sanchez gets up and time is called for Clay to wipe the blood from face. Action continues and Sanchez drops him. I don't know how he is still standing. This is unbelievable. Sanchez gets a takedown and gets into half guard. Clay is back up and trading punches for the last 10 seconds.
Sanchez really wants his title shot.
I can't believe there is a round 2 right now, but Guida is not intimidated at all and goes right in to score a takedown. Sanchez is working from bottom to do something, but Guida is doing what he does best and smothering Sanchez with a debilitation combination of sweat, hair and blood. Diego now has a lot of blood on his own face but I think it belongs to Clay. Sanchez nearly got an armbar but no dice.
Ridiculous is the only word for this, and for the girl's boobs who keeps jumping up and down in front of me.
This round has started off a little slower than the others, but it's still very intense, these guys are refusing to give in. They look like they have been in a war and are still going at it. Sanchez almost gets Clay's back and sinks in a rear naked choke, but it's more like a side naked choke and Clay slips it to land on top. This looks like a scene from a horror movie. Diego has the kimura, but Clay will not tap. I do not understand this. The bell finally rings.
That was absolutely ridiculous. I have a headache from just watching that. Diego comes back with the spilt decision and the crowd goes insane. Rogan recanted on his Fight of the Night call and Diego throws a nod to Gladiator and screams to a raucous crowd, "Are you not entertained?" Guida is jumping up and down right now. What the fu*k?
I'm out for realz this time. Thanks for reading and stay tuned to Spike TV for Joe Rogan's stand-up special.
Damarques Johnson vs. James Wilks
It's time for the final TUF fight of the night and in just a few moments we'll have our first real US vs UK bout to name the next Ultimate Fighter! The odds-makers had Johnson way ahead in this fight, but that might be a foolish assement. It's probably fair to call him the favorite but Wilks will be in this fight and he could end it at anytime.
Wow, these two are here to put on a show. They start off the round straight up trading blows. Wilks get gets a takedown that was more like Johnson just sitting down. Wilks goes for an ankle lock but Johnson gets out and lands on top. Wilks locks up a triangle choke and JOhnson escapes. Wilksd has his back now and the rear naked choke is secure but again Johnson slips out. He puts it back in and it's tight. The 10 second warning sound and just as looks like he might make it out, he taps.
Absolutely fantastic fight. Wilks knew what he had to do and he did it. Johnson was completely overwhlemed. Wilks absolutely deserves this from his performance; hopefull he put some money on himself this morning, even though he won't really need it with his new six-figure contract.
Chris Lytle vs. Kevin Burns
These guys come out swinging and Burns just landed a nice right hook to the body.Then another to the ear of Lytle. Now it's who scores with a body shot. Lytle gets hit in the nuts and doesn't look too happy about it, but he shakes it off and touches gloves to start back up the action. Burns drops Lytle but Lylts is able to find a leg and hold on. He gets back to the feet but burns unleashes on him and lands a series of solid punches and knees to end the round.
Lytle comes back very strong and sends Burns stumbling back, but Burns answers with some well-timed blows of his own. Burns gets a takedown but gives it up. Lytle is back to working the body, and doing a nice job of it. The left kidney of Burns is taking a lot of punishment right now and it may start to play a factor here. And Lytle catches another one between the legs --very unfortunate. Only a few moments later Lytle gets roshamboed for a third time.
Lytle catches a Burns leg kick and fires a bomb. Burns' face opens up and blood starts streaming down his body. Lytle is getting more aggressive and landing a higher percentage of punches. The cut by Burns' eye might be affecting his vision a little but and Lytle continues to punish. Burns is looking tired and bloody but he's standing strong. To finish off the fight, Burns pours everything he has into last flurry and gets Lytle on his heels but it's not enough to finish him and it's probably not enough to convince the judges he won.
According to the judges, Lytle puts the lights out on Burns.
Ross Pearson vs. Andre Winner
With this fight we're ready crown our next Ultimate Fighter! Pearson is going to be a tough challenge for Winner, but I think he's up for the job. His skills are just a little bit more crisp. It's definitely going to be a sick fight, though. These guys have known each other for a long time and that adds an X-factor that no one can predict. They're here to fight and they're going to fight hard.
Pearson is looking very sharp and surprisingly, Winner looks like he might want to take this to the mat, perhaps by default since he's having trouble making anything happen on the feet. From the clinch, Winner sneaks in a good elbow and follows it with a knee then Peason catches one in the twig n' two berries. After a quick breather we're back to action and Winner goes right for the clinch where he may have taken away some lessons from Dan Henderson; his dirty boxing is definitely getting the better of Pearson.
Winner again is going for the clinch. Now Pearson is going for a takedown, but Winner defends. Pearson gets a nice right uppercut from the clinch. He seems to be more confident now and as he breaks away from the clinch he's much more aggressive. But Winner gets it back where he wants it -the clinch- and rides out the rest of the round.
Pearson again is aggresive out of the gate but he can't stay away from Winner's clinch. Pearson breaks loose and fireworks start to fly but Winner has a smart gameplan and he is not going away from it. Pearson is looking tired and he's probably getting mentally worn down from Winner's refusal to stand toe-to-toe. Ross nearly scores a takedown -he'll try anything now- but he can't get it. Inside the 10 second mark, Pearson is doing anything he can and he clips Winner with a few good ones to end the fight on a good note. Pretty close fight; even though Pearson spent most of the time clinched up, he landed enough shots to keep it close.
The judges come back with a unanimous decision and, blood streaming down his face, Pearson is elated.
Nate Diaz vs. Joe Stevenson
Stevenson scores a quick takedown and Diaz sinks in the guillotine that looks like it could be the end for "Daddy," but he pops out. Diaz continues to fire off submission attempts and Stevenson is struggling to keep up. Amazingly, Stevenson gets Diaz stretched out and starts dropping bombs on his face. Then Stevenson lock up his own guillotine. Diaz escapes and gets another guillotine but it's not very tight and Stevenson gets right out. DIaz is hunched over now and pinned against the cage for Stevenson to send some knees and the bell rings. Great round. Close round.
Diaz gets another guillotine and it looked like Stevenson might have tapped, or thought about tapping, but he didn't and a few moments later he escaped. Stevenson gets a takedown and goes right into side mount. Diaz pulls guard. Diaz goes for an armbar and Stevenson slams him. Back on the feet, Diaz is pinned up against the cage, but nothing really happens. Diaz attempts a takedown but Stevenson reverses. Another very good round.
A fired upStevenson wants to tough gloves but the pride of Stockton refuses. He shows his appreciation by scoring a takedown but Diaz reverses and ends up in Stevenson's guard. He lands a good right from the standing position. Diaz gets Joe's back and goes for a rear naked choke but he can't get it and Stevenson is back on the feet pinning Diaz on the fence. Diaz attempts a takedown, can't get it. With 10 seconds left, Diaz opens up, but there's not enough time left and they hug away their differences. That's cute.
This will go to the judges and it's going to be close but I think Stevenson gets it based on takedowns, "agression" and "Octagon control."
The decision comes back and Stevenson gets the unanimous decision. He tells Joe Rogan that Greg Jackson made it feel like he had Chuck Norris in his corner. No wonder.
Melvin Guillard vs. Gleison Tibau
Tibau chooses Iron Man. It's way overused, but every time that song starts blasting though an arena, I can't help getting a few goose bumps.
After a few exchanges, Tibau earns a hard-fought takedown but Guillard recovers quickly and neither fighter seems too interested in fighting anymore. Guillard lands a slapping kick to Tibau's midsection but Tibau catches it and scores a takedown. Tibau recovers and lefts Guillard off the mat to slam him back down, but he lets him up. Tibau doesn't seem anxious to get him on the mat, which is very surprising.
Opening the round, Tibau looks much more determined to get the takedown. He likely got some advise from his corner the stop messing around on the feet, but Guillard is not giving in. Out of nowhere, it's Guillard who gets a takedown but immediately gets back to his feet. He wants nothing to do with Tibau on the mat. Tibau has him pinned against the fence and Guillard goes for a throw but Tibau ducks it and lands on top of the fallen Guillard. Guillard's back is against the fence for a few moments but Tibau can't capitalize and Guillard gets back up. Tibau finally gets a solid takedown but there's only a few seconds left.
Guillard lands two solid rights in the face of Tibau and has him backpedaling. In desperation, Tibau shoots in and scores another takedown. He goes into mount and it doesn't look good for Guillard. Melvin gets it back to half guard and he's effectively fighting off any attempts. Wow, Guillard makes it back to the feet. Tibau gets it back to the ground and is in half guard. It looks like Guillard will survive the round, but I think Tibau has done enough to secure the decision.
Holy Sh*t, Guillard gets the spilt decision. That is extremely surprising, but the crowd doesn't seem to mind. Tibau, on the other hand, is very disappointed and understandably so.
Brad Blackburn vs. Edgar Garcia
Garcia has a tall order in Brad Blackburn for his UFC debut. He's undefeated in seven fights, which is impressive, but Blackburn has a ridiculous experience advantage over him and has been on fire lately. Also, "Bad" Blackburn chose Michael Jackson's Bad, so it's going to be tough to beat that.
Despite the Michael Jackson, Garcia seems to be the crowd favorite here at the Palms. I can't explain that.
Almost immediately Blackburn lands a hard right that almost put him to sleep. Blackburn continues to be the aggressor, so Garcia shoots in for a takedown. Brad sprawls and looks for a choke, but Garcia muscles through and lifts Brad off the Canvas and drops him on his head. Bad Brad gets right back up but he's looking much more tentative. That takedown could have rocked him pretty bad. He seems to be finding his groove again as he starts to be a little more liberal with his strikes. Blackburn goes for a high kick and Garcia catches it. He's able to stay on his feet but barely and Garcia is looking to take advantage but the bell rings and Blackburn will have some time to recover.
Blackburn is very active, throwing a lot of feints but he's having trouble fooling Garcia. Garcia catches one in the Jimmies but he only needs a few seconds. Not much else to report from this round. There was very little real action so it's tough to tell who won, but I think that could have been Garcia's first.
Edgar lands a short left and Blackburn throws a lazy leg kick. The kid from before just called these girls again; let's see if he has the same effect this time. Wow, it actually seems to be working, Garcia is finally opening up and putting on the pressure. Blackburn is in danger of losing this fight if he doesn't make something happen quickly. Blackburn almost gets a takedown, but Garcias defends and as the 10-second warning sounds, Garcia really opens up and drops Blackburn. Phenominal way to end the fight.
I would say the first round went to Blackburn and the last round was definitely Garcia so that leaves the second round as the toss up.
The decision comes back and Blackburn wins by split. The crowd is VERY upset. Blackburn reveals that his shoulder popped in the first round so he couldnt throw any more rights. I missed that but it would explain why he was more reserved in later rounds.
Ricco Rodriguez just went to follow Drwal into the locker room, which is good in case Drwal is looking for tips on how to ruin his life.
Tomasz Drwal vs. Mike Ciesnolevicz
Mike C. has UFC youngster in his corner and Ben Rothwell, who's wearing flip flops. I guess "laid back" is the philosophy for this catch weight fight.
Drwal scores an easy takedown on the Division I wrestler, but Mike recovers. Drwal scores another takedown and fires some heavy punches. Mike gets up and gets taken right back down. He is getting manhandled. Drwal gets another takedown and almost gets mount, but Mike gets up and eats another set of flurry punches. Some kid just yelled "C'mon you little girls." I guess Drwal heard because he just opened fire on Mike and stung him with a series of lefts and rights. He sends a knee into Mike's forehead and Mike goes down like a fallen tree but he's covering up so the fight goes on. From here it takes Drwal only a few seconds of ground n' pound before referee Herb Dean jumps in and calls it.
Nick Osipczak vs. Frank Lester
A little Biggie Smalls for Lester's walkout to bring a little East Coast to the desert. I can't argue with that, though I'm not too pumped about his nickname Frank "The Tank" Lester.
USA chants immediately kickoff when the round opens. Nick catches a Lester low kick and scores a quick takedown. He has a side mount but Lester gets up before taking any damage at all. Locked up in the clinch, Lester is eating a few knees. Lester gets a bear hug but can't take it to the mat. Nick breaks free and they light each other up with an explosion of strikes. Nick hurts Lester good left and sent him stumbling, so he goes in for a takedown but Nick spins behind and grabs a rear naked choke. It's all over. Very "Slick" Nick Osipczak, in deed.
Some dude in the crowd has been yelling for like five muntes about how much he loves Joe Rogan. I guess he'll be tuning is for the Joe Rogan Comedy Special after the fight (you see what I did there? We, in the business, call that cross-promotion).
Jason Dent vs. Cameron Dollar
Not much stalling, these guys are out of the gates swinging. It was a long season with these two locked in the house together and you can just tell how it good it feels for them to finally go at it. It looks like pleasure might mean pain for Dent, though -Dollar is picking him apart on the exchanges. HE scored a takedown in the middle of the round. He quickly got up. Dollar continues to score points. He shoots in for a takedown, but Dent stuffs and locks up an anaconda choke. It looks tight but Dollar is fighting it off. I can't really tell but I think Dollar is smiling. with about :20 left, he finally taps.