“The Ultimate Fighter: Live Finale” took place Friday inside The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
For the second straight fight, Martin Kampmann (Pictured) rallied to collect an impressive win against a top tier welterweight. This time, it was Jake Ellenberger who found himself on the business end of Kampmann’s assault.
After getting dazed and confused in the opening round, Kampmann unleashed some knees to “The Juggernaut’s” grill to earn a knockout victory.
Michael Chiesa served up an upset special by submitting Al Iaquinta to win the ‘TUF: Live’ tournament in the show’s co-main event.
Quick Results (Play-by-Play):
Erik Perez Defeated John Albert via Verbal Submission (Armbar) at 4:18 in the 1stRound
Joe Proctor Defeated Jeremy Larsen via TKO (Strikes) at 1:59 in the 1stRound
Sam Sicilia Defeated Cristiano Marcello via TKO (Strikes) at 2:53 in the 2ndRound
Myles Jury Defeated Chris Saunders via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 4:03 in the 1stRound
Daron Cruickshank Defeated Chris Tickle via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Justin Lawrence Defeated John Cofer via KO (Head Kick) at :19 in the 3rdRound
Max Holloway Defeated Pat Schilling via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Charles Oliveira Defeated Jonathan Brookins via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:24 in the 2ndRound
Michael Chiesa Defeated Al Iaquinta via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 2:47 in the 1stRound (Chiesa wins TUF Lightweight Tournament)
Martin Kampmann Defeated Jake Ellenberger via KO (Knee) at 1:40 in the 2ndRound
Fight of the Night:
John Cofer and Justin Lawrence ($40,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Michael Chiesa ($40,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Martin Kampmann and Justin Lawrence ($40,000/each)
UFC president Dana White did not attend the presser.
UFC officials reported 1,628 fans packed the venue, garnering a live gate of $195,250.
Kampmann says you can never count him out in a scrap.
He wouldn’t mind fighting Johny Hendricks even though they trained together many moons ago.
Kampmann is down to face Hendricks, Carlos Condit or Georges St-Pierre, but he’s taking a vacation back home to Denmark first.
Ellenberger stayed classy, but it was clear he was upset about the stoppage. He said he could have continued fighting and would have liked the opportunity, though it was Kampmannn’s night.
Chiesa claimed he’s not celebrating too much because he wants to win fights in the UFC.
Iaquinta was very classy in defeat by saying he was happy for Chiesa.