“The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale” was held Saturday night inside The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. TUF 12 teammates Jonathan Brookins and Michael Johnson battled for 15 action-packed minutes before the lightweight with blond locks captured the highly coveted six-figure UFC contract.
As expected, Brookins was classy in victory. The 25-year-old credited Johnson for laying the smacketh down in the 1stRound.
“I was stunned,” Brookins said of the opening five minutes. “Typical Michael Johnson, just beating up on people.”
Brookins rallied in the final two rounds and left Las Vegas with newfound fame.
TUF 12 Finale Results:
Dave Branch Defeated Rich Attonito via Unanimous Decision (30-27, All Three Judges)
Pablo Garza Defeated Fredson Paixao via KO (Knee) at :51 in the 1stRound
Nick Pace Defeated Will Campuzano via Submission (Pace Choke/Modified Guillotine) at 4:33 in the 3rdRound
Kyle Watson Defeated Sako Chivitchian via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Ian Loveland Defeated Tyler Toner via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-26)
Cody McKenzie vs. Aaron Wilkinson via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:03 in the 1stRound
Leonard Garcia Defeated Nam Phan via Split Decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Rick Story Defeated Johny Hendricks via Unanimous Decision (29-28, All Three Judges)
Demian Maia Defeated Kendall Grove via Unanimous Decision (29-28, All three Judges)
Stephan Bonnar Defeated Igor Pokrajac via Unanimous Decision (29-26, All Three Judges)
Jonathan Brookins Defeated Michael Johnson via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27) (Brookins captures TUF 12 title and six-figure UFC contract)
Fight of the Night:
Nam Phan and Leonard Garcia ($30,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Cody McKenzie ($30,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Pablo Garza ($30,000)
It was reported at the post-fight press conference that 1,622 fans packed the arena for a live gate of $380,025.
Stephan Bonnar’s reaction to Steve Mazzagatti’s point deductions, “It sucks when you have to ref your own fight.”
During Spike TV’s broadcast, color commentator Joe Rogan was quite critical of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, specifically executive director Keith Kizer, for constantly allowing judges that aren’t qualified to officiate MMA fights to determine the fate of two men.
Rogan’s comments came after Nam Phan was robbed of a decision win over Leonard Garcia. Rogan’s live and public rant has become one of the hottest topics from Saturday’s show.