Eddie Mercado & Victor Rodriguez recap all the results of the UFC’s latest season of The Ultimate Fighter. We’ll have results and analysis for every bout on the card from the main event between Justin Gaethje and Michael Johnson to the opening prelims. Be sure to subscribe to MMA NATION on YouTube and itunes, and check us out on SoundCloud as well.
Check out our breakdown of the post-fight bonuses from The Ultimate Fighter Finale: Johnson vs. Gaethje in Las Vegas, Nevada. We tell you who won, who didn’t and why. The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada was home to a mixed bag of fights with two (T)KOs, two submissions and 7 decisions, including one split decision. As well as the below listed bonuses, Jesse Taylor–the former TUF favorite who was kicked off of the show in 2008 after going on a Vegas rampage–managed to win a $290,000 check and the title of TUF Redemption winner in the co-main event.
Performances of the Night: Tecia Torres and Justin Gaethje
Tecia Torres stepped in against Juliana Lima on a few weeks notice and that risky decision paid off beautifully for her. Torres had a great performance which she capped off with an amazing rear naked choke over the tough Brazilian. The win takes Torres to 5-1 in the UFC, with her only loss being a war against top contender Rose Namajunas. One more victory could see Torres get a shot at the Queen, but for now, she’ll have to be content with a cool $50,000 bonus.
Justin Gaethje won himself a performance of the night bonus to cap off his successful debut, but we’ll talk about that in a second because he also won…
Fight of the Night: Michael Johnson vs. Justin Gaethje
Justin Gaethje came into this fight with a reputation as one of the best fighters outside the UFC and one of the most recklessly offensive lightweights in all of MMA. He lived up to both those reputations tonight. Gaethje was dropped several times and rocked several more, but refused to stop coming forward for even a second.
Michael Johnson fought well, landing huge shots on the UFC debutant; knees, uppercuts, straights, hooks; whatever you can imagine, Johnson threw it… and Gaethje took it. There’s always this question about what it does to a fighter’s psyche when they land their best shot and their opponent takes it in stride. Well, Michael Johnson landed dozens of his best shots on Gaethje until the damage, both physical and psychological, took their toll on “The Menace,” and he finally fell to an accumulation of strikes at 4:48 of the second round.
Michael Johnson earned $50,000 in bonus money for his losing effort, while UFC newbie Justin Gaethje got himself a cool 100 Gs after getting both performance of the night and fight of the night honors.
Watch Jesse Taylor vs. Dhiego Lima full fight video highlights from The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale co-main event above, courtesy of FOX Sports.
TUF 25 Finale took place July 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC veterans Dhiego Lima (12-6) and Jesse Taylor (31-15) collided in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter 25 in the night’s co-main event, which aired live on FOX Sports 1. Catch the video highlights above.
For more on Lima vs. Taylor, check out the complete event recap courtesy of MMAFighting.com’s Marc Raimondi.
OLEINIK vs BROWNERussian submission artist Aleksei Oleinik continued to impress in UFC 213 prelim action at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, as the No. 14-ranked “Boa Constrictor” forced No. 9-ranked Travis Browne to tap out in the second round of their heavyweight bout.There was no shortage of action in the first round, with Browne (19-6-1) getting out to an early lead as he peppered Oleinik (52-10-1) with kicks from long range and then decked him with a left punch in the second minute. But Oleinik was far from done, and just past the midway point of the frame, he ev … Read the Full Article Here
“I have a feeling a lot of people have a new favorite fighter, and his name is Justiin Gaethje!” Michael Johnson and victor Justin Gaethje both sustained a barrage of heavy blows and fought through obvious exhaustion. Watch as Karen Bryant, Kenny Florian and Dominick Cruz break down the most exciting fight thus far in 2017.
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After months of staredowns and build up the wait is finally over. UFC 213 is here and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes is set to defend her UFC bantamweight title against Valentina Shevchenko in a five-round main event Saturday night on Pay Per View. UFC.com’s Matt Parrino teamed up with Mike Dyce from Sports Illustrated to break down the main event. It’s a rematch from a 2016 three-round fight that Nunes won by unanimous decision. The two discuss the big questions heading into the fight and preview the fight. Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker face off in the c … Read the Full Article Here
“Due to illness, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes has been removed from her UFC 213 title defense against Valentina Shevchenko.UFC 213, which is now headlined by the interim UFC middleweight championship bout between Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker, will proceed as scheduled with 11 bouts at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Moving to the Pay-Per-View main card is the bantamweight bout between Rob Font and Douglas Silva de Andrade.With the removal of Nunes vs. Shevchenko, customers may request a full refund of purchased tickets at point of sale.” Read the Full Article Here
With the launch of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series on July 11, a mix of new and familiar voices will call the action from Las Vegas every week.Handling play by play duties on alternate weeks will be Emmy award winning Dan Hellie, best known for his work as the host of NFL Network’s NFL Total Access, and former ESPN host Brendan Fitzgerald, a 10-year veteran of sports broadcasting.On board to provide color commentary and expert analysis will be two of the Octagon’s best in former lightweight star Yves Edwards and current 155-pound standout Paul Felder, and the series will also featu … Read the Full Article Here
Conor McGregor approves of that UFC main event brawl. Justin Gaethje and Michael Johnson put on quite a show on their main event billing on Friday night. The pair of lightweights went back and forth, hurting each other multiple times (video here), and reportedly landing a combined 195 strikes in less than 2 rounds of action.
The undefeated former WSOF champion in Gaethje came up victorious in what would surely be one of the most memorable UFC debuts in a long time, and it also won him both Performance of the Night and Fight of the Night bonuses. The brawl was so fun, it even got the reigning lightweight champion to tweet something apart from his boxing training camp.
That was a good contest. Two fighters, fighting.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 8, 2017
Gaethje saw the compliment, and was asked who he wanted next. McGregor obviously has other things going on right now, and Gaethje veered away from his “anyone” answer during the event to say he wants the next big thing.
“I want Ferguson. That’s who I want. I want to take out the best in America, then I want to take out the best in the world.”
Hey @justin_gaethje, who do you want next?His reaction? @tonyfergusonXT#TUFFinale https://t.co/lNj6ZdGYOo— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) July 8, 2017