“The Ultimate Fighter: Live Finale” took place Friday night inside The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A critical welterweight scrap between Jake Ellenberger and Martin Kampmann served as the show’s featured attraction.
In addition, ‘TUF: Live’ finalists Michael Chiesa and Al Iaquinta battled to secure their future with the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion by winning a six-figure UFC contract.
Here are the official results and play-by-play from tonight’s action:
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Erik Perez Defeated John Albert via Verbal Submission (Armbar) at 4:18 in the 1stRound
1stRound: They are exchanging leather early. Perez appears to have stunned him with a knee to the midsection. Albert attempts a takedown and now takes his back. Perez escapes and ends up in top position. Albert slaps on a triangle choke off his back with three minutes to go. Albert’s technique isn’t that great, as his opponent continues to rain down punches. He now transitions to an armbar. Perez wiggles free and immediately reverses to an armbar of his own. The fight is called, although Albert never tapped. Controversy to start things off.
Referee Kim Winslow said Albert verbally submitted, but he claims he didn’t. Winslow stated she’s miked, but on replay you can’t hear Albert’s verbal tap. Perez said he didn’t hear anything, either.
Dana White tweet: “Just an FYI John Albert will get his win bonus after the ridiculous stoppage by Winslow. Always cleaning up after bad reffin.”
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Joe Proctor Defeated Jeremy Larsen via TKO (Strikes) at 1:59 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Back-and-forth action in the opening minute. Proctor floors him with a knee to the grill while in the clinch. He’s dropping countless hammer fists on his dazed and confused opponent. It’s a wrap.
Sam Sicilia Defeated Cristiano Marcello via TKO (Strikes) at 2:53 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Sicilia is throwing haymakers, though nothing has landed thus far. He clips Marcello with a left hook to the face. Sicilia catches a kick and trips him to the mat. He lets him back up, and does it again. Close frame to score because neither fighter landed much. Sicilia, 10-9.
2ndRound: Much more action in this stanza. Sicilia is swinging wildly and appears gassed. He clocks Marcello with a left hook and follows up with a knee to the midsection that folds him over. He’s giving him the business on the ground. Game. Set. Match, Sicilia.
Myles Jury Defeated Chris Saunders via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 4:03 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Jury doing a nice job of keeping his foe at bay with his reach. Saunders accidentally pokes him in the eye and time is called. Game on, but he gets a warning. Jury tags him with a right cross. He tries to follow up with an arrant flying knee and Saunders leads him to the mat. However, Jury locks on a guillotine on the way down. Saunders fought the choke off for as long as he could, though he is ultimately forced to tap.
Daron Cruickshank Defeated Chris Tickle via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
1stRound: Cruickshank immediately goes for a takedown, but Tickle catches him in a guillotine choke on the way down. Cruickshank gets out of harm’s way and is in top position. Tickle works his way to his feet, though Cruickshank sends him right back down. Tickle unleashes and illegal kick to the face and time is called. Game on, but it will cost Tickle a point deduction. Cruickshank gets a body lock and trips him to the ground again. Cruickshank, 10-8.
2ndRound: Tickle is much more aggressive to start the middle round. He locks on a neck crank, but Cruickshank manages to wiggle free and is now in top position. After some laying-and-praying, they get stood up. Tickle eats a leg kick and answers with a vicious right hand that drops Cruickshank. He follows him to the ground and it appears Cruickshank has recovered. Tickle, 10-9.
3rdRound: Tickle needs a finish or a LOPSIDED round to win because of the point deduction. He gets Cruickshank down and tries to take his back. Tickle is careless with his attack and gets reversed. He advances to full mount with less than two minutes remaining. He’s consistent with his GnP, but nothing devastating. Cruickshank, 10-9, and takes the scrap, 29-27.
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Justin Lawrence Defeated John Cofer via KO (Head Kick) at :19 in the 3rdRound
1stRound: Cofer catches a kick and plants him on his back within seconds. Lawrence gets to his feet and returns the favor by planting his opponent on his back and drops some bombs. He lets Cofer back up. Lawrence clobbers him with a right and continues to beat him to the punch. Lawrence, 10-9.
2ndRound: Lawrence starts the frame with a one-two combination. Cofer can’t seem to close the distance. Cofer gets a takedown but isn’t able to do much. Lawrence, 10-9.
3rdRound: Lawrence puts him to sleep with a vicious head kick. Goodnight.
Max Holloway Defeated Pat Schilling via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Schilling working hard to complete a takedown. Holloway does a solid job of fending it off. Holloway scores with a one-two combination, but Schilling counters with a spinning back fist. Holloway really going to town on his body. Schilling eats another body shot. Schilling tries a knee bar just as the horn blares. Holloway, 10-9.
2ndRound: Holloway stuffs another takedown attempt. Schilling takes a right hook and drops to the canvas. Holloway lets him back up and is starting to unload. It’s the body shots that are doing Schilling in. Holloway, 10-9. I wouldn’t argue if it’s scored, 10-8.
3rdRound: Holloway comes out firing, but Schilling connects on a straight right. Holloway lands a vicious body kick. Holloway is convincingly winning, but he can’t seem to finish things off. Just as I write that, he drops Schilling again. Holloway, 10-9 and sweeps the cards, 30-27.
Charles Oliveira Defeated Jonathan Brookins via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:24 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Oliveira is really working his kicks, landing them all over Brookins’ body. They exchange knees in the clinch. He misses a knee to the face and Brookins capitalizes and slams him to the ground. Oliveira attempts a couple of submissions off his back to no avail. Brookins lets him back up. Oliveira rocks him with an overhand right. Brookins is now eating several unanswered punches to the dome. He finally responds with some punches to Oliveira’s face. The Brazilian lands a knee just prior to the horn sounding. Oliveira, 10-9.
2ndRound: Brookins scores on a flurry to the face. Oliveira counters with a one-two combo. And follows up with a big right hand. Oliveira gets the takedown, but is caught in a guillotine on the way down. He gets free and lands a few short elbows. Oliveira slaps on a guillotine choke of his own and Brookins is forced to cry uncle.
Michael Chiesa Defeated Al Iaquinta via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 2:47 in the 1stRound (Chiesa wins TUF Lightweight Tournament)
1stRound: Iaquinta takes the center of the Octagon and is connecting on a regular basis. Chiesa gets a single-leg takedown for a brief moment. Chiesa gets a hold of a body lock and drags him to the mat. He takes Iaquinta’s back and has both hooks in with more than two minutes to go. Iaquinta refuses to tap and goes to sleep. For those of you into that sort of thing, Iaquinta was nearly a 3-to-1 favorite.
Martin Kampmann Defeated Jake Ellenberger via KO (Knee) at 1:40 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Ellenberger drops him with a nasty left hook and pounces. He’s giving him the business on the ground, but it appears Kampmann has survived the onslaught. Ellenberger had him pressed against the cage for much of the round. Kampmann fights his way to his feet and attempted his own takedown to no avail. Ellenberger, 10-9.
2ndRound: The welterweights are flinging leather, with Ellenberger tagging his opponent with a barrage of punches. Kampmann is bleeding badly from his nose. “The Hitman” stuns him with a short right hand to the top of the forehead. He floors Ellenberger with a knee to the grill while in the clinch. The fight is called as he unloads some punches on the ground. Another great rally by Kampmann.