Live Blog: Main Event
Here we are about to go Live on Spike TV with the main event at The Ultimate Finale and Spike.com has your back with play-by-play goods of all the fun. First up, everyone's favorite badboy Junie Browning vs. "Diamond" Dave Kaplan, the guy who can't be knocked out... except that once.
We're getting down to it here, folks. The last fight of the season, Fightin' Phillipe vs. Efrain Escudero. Will Phillipe be able to live up to the hype or will he crumble under the pressure?
Phillipe looks for his patented storm attack, but Efrain is ready for it and ducks for the takedown. He jams Nover against the fence and fires a few shots. He Takes Nover's back and looks for the choke. Can't find it. Nover gets his back to the canvas. Efrain stands and lets loose a a few bombs, but when he tries to come back into guard, Phillipe catches him in a triangle. Efrain gets out. Back to the feet. Efrain score another takedown, backing in and out of Nover;s guard, he lands another huge bomb. Back to the feet. Efrain pins him against the cage. In surprising fashion, round one goes to Efrain, maybe 10-8.
Efrain scores another quick takedown, but doesn't do much. Nover hops up to his feet, no contest form Efrain. Now it's Nover who has Efrain against the fence. They break up, back to the center. Phillipe comes in for another big right hand but he telegraphed and Efrian slipped it. Escudero takes it down to the mat again. He's in Phillipe's half gaurd and neither fighter is able to do much. Nover throws Efrain off and catches him with a hard knee on the way up. Still agressive, Phillipe goes in for the kill but Efrain ducks again, shoots in for the takedown and slams Phillipe hard. This round might have been Efrain's too.
Efrain goes right for the takedown, but lets him up before long. Efrain ducks another attack, but Nover has learned his lesson and this time makes Efrain eat a shin for his troubles. Efrain eventually gets another takedown. This time Nover wants to use his guard and he locks up Efrain's arm. It looks like he's going for gogplata, but Efrain keeps his cool. He fights it for a while and eventually rolls out. Phillipe now scores the takedown and goes right into side mount. Saved by the bell. That round definitely went to Nover, but I don't think it was enough. I call this a split decision for Efrain. Let's see what the judges think.
The decision is in and the judges give it to Efrain via unanimous decision. I guess that sparing session with stankie really paid off. Efrain was a huge dog here and this will go down as one of the great upsets of TUF history. In a moving address, he dedicated this victory to his late father, who passed away shortly before Efrain moved into the house. He showed a lot of heart and we'll be looking forward to watching a lot more of Efrain in the years to come.
That's all for me, kids. Thanks for reading along, hope you had as much fun as I did. I'm off to go show Arianny my awesome new technique for a rear naked choke.
Ryan Bader and Vinny Magalhaes bring us back to the TUF action with the first of two main event fights. I wonder, how will Bruce Buffer introduce the main events? His classic, "It's time for the main event of the evening," won't work. It's a good side bet for all you gambleholics.
Vinny is one of the most dangerous people in the world on the ground. In fact, Frank Mir asked Magalhaes to help him prepare for the Nogueira fight. We haven't seen much of Vinny's standup, but Bader won't want anything to do with the world champ's jiu jitsu.
Lady's and gentlemen, "Darth" Bader just walked out to some sort of rock remix of Vader's Imperial March. Good way to win some easy brownie points with the crowd. Bruce goes with the pared down, "And now..."
Bader, the obvious fan favorite, is thus far playing it by the book; in and out for quick points. He rushes in for a monstrous knee and backs right back out. Bader catches a shot of his own and slips down to the mat, but recovers quickly and and it's back to the gameplan. Bader continues to stick and move. Vinny is already red above his eye. Bader lands a devastating overhand right and drops Magalhaes like a bad of dirt. It takes a few more shots before the TKO is called.
The crowd erupts and begins the necessary Bader-Bader chant. He's got the skills, he's got the personality, he's got the nickname. I think we may have found our next big star.
Nogueira looks like he's on top of the world, he might think it was him in the cage. In a way, I think part of him was in there, espcially with his number one pick and remember that Noguiera called it that Bader would be this season's champ.
A few crisp leg kicks from Burns to open the bout. Johnson answerers with a few of his own. Johnson avoids a quick combo, the ducks a hooks to score a takedown. Johnson steps back, fires in a flying right, then passes guard. Burns locks up a triangle, but Johnson slips out and he's back in full guard. Referee stands then up. Burns fires in a few body kicks, Johnson catches one and uses it to flip Burns to his back. Johnson lets him back up and tag him with a few hard blows as the bell sounds.
Burns fakes high with a jab, then shoots low for a single leg and gets the takedown, but Burns is looking for a kimura. Johnson slips it and gets to half guard. Back to full guard. Burns is employing a pretty active guard but Johnson isn't giving him much to work with; he'll occasionally open up to throw elbows or fists, but does a nice job of staying locked up.
Johnson is working the inside of Burns' left leg. It's a ploy that's worked well in the past and it worked well here. Burns dropped his hands, probably in fear of another leg kick and Johnson went high with a head kick that knocked him out cold. He felt to the canvas like a piece of lumber.
Johnson flops around the cage in some sort of convulsive celebration.
Bruce Buffer introduces Jason "The Athlete" MacDonald. In that case, bringing all the play-by-play is Greg "The Blogger" DeSanctis.
MacDonald scores a brief takedwon and Wilson recovers to pin Jason against the cage. Wilson works out of it and we're back to center Octagon. Gouveia drops MacDonald and pounces for the finish. Jason is in big trouble as Gouveia pours on the elbows, it looks bad. About to called. Josh Rosenthal steps in for the stoppage. Impressive performance from Gouveia.
Since day 1 Junie's MO has been: very talented, but insane. His condition was an obvious factor in his last bout on the show against Efrian, but he's been training at Extreme Couture and looked very good at the weigh-in last night. We'll see how much is show and how much is real.
Dave Kaplan walked out to some sort of 80's-sounding dance music. I guess that's a smart play; win or lose, people will remember the day Diamond Dave entered the Octagon.
Junie apparently has a new nickname "The Lunatic," missing the obvious Junie "The Lunie"
Kaplan catches an early foot to the nuts. Not the way I usualy like to start out my work day. Junie is a machine, laying into Kaplan with a relentless barrage. Kaplan's eye is already red, it may be bleeding, then Junie feeds him and rock solid knee. Junie misses with a kick and slips, Kaplan jumps on it and almost locks in a knee bar. Junie shakes his head to assure he's not in trouble. Junie breaks free and continues to hammer Dianmod Dave, who is now definitely bleeding. Junie scores a takedown and gets Dave's back. He sinks in a rear naked choke, but Dave fights it off. End of round.
So far it's been a great fight. One-sided as they come, but great.
Junie shoots in for a quick takedown. He's had enough of the stand-up game for a while. He passes guard with no problem and throws his legs over for an armbar. Gets it. Diamond Dave Taps.
Joe Rogan wants to know if his marked improvement since the show was due to his time at Extreme Couture. I'd say that's pretty obvious and Junie agrees. He mentions that he still trains in Kentucky but the guys at Extreme offer him valuable, new looks. He then apologizes for being a psycho on the show. He gets a mixed reception from the crowd, but if he keeps up stuff like this and the rest of the lightweights better watch out.