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TUF 20 Finale PBP and Results

Welcome to the TUF 20 Finale play-by-play and results post for the main card – where men are men and girls HAVE TAKEN OVER THE OCTAGON. Tonight, the first-ever UFC strawweight title will be awarded to either Carla Esparza or Rose Namajunas, who both cut through the lesser denizens of the TUF House like a hot knife goes through butter.

Oh, Charles Oliveira, Jeremy Stephens, Daron Cruickshank and KJ Noons are fighting, but *phooey* – who cares about them?

So stay tuned, and keep hitting “refresh”, ’cause we’re about to take off.

Prelim results – UFC Fight Pass

  • Angela Hill def. Emily Kagan via Unanimous Decision
  • Aisling Daly def. Alex Chambers via Submission (Armbar) at 4:53, R1

Prelim results – FOX Sports 1

  • Tecia Torres def. Angela Magan via Unanimous Decision
  • Joanne Calderwood def. Seo Hee Ham via Unanimous Decision
  • Heather Jo Clark def. Bec Rawlings via Unanimous Decision
  • Felice Herrig def. Lisa Ellis via Submission (Armbar) at 3:05, R2

Main card results – FOX Sports 1

-Randa Markos vs. Jessica Penne

Round 1: It takes all of 20 seconds for these two ladies to tie up and for Penne to absolutely send Markos flying with a sweet hip toss. The veteran fighter takes top position, but it ain’t easy for her as Markos reverses and scrambles like a girl possessed. By the time Penne settles into mount, the Iraqi-born fighter is cut and bleeding near her eye, yet she remains undaunted and escapes again. From below Penne traps her in a triangle choke, and after Markos weathers the storm she’s caught once more on bottom. Great round for both ladies.

Round 2: They trade strikes for about a minute before Markos catches a kick and dumps her opponent on her butt. Penne gets back to her feet in a flash, and the ensuing standup contest sees Penne chasing Markos down and Markos clocking her repeatedly with hard counter-hooks. Another caught kick has Penne going down, but she instantly grabs Markos’ ankles and sweeps her. They scramble, with Markos taking mount briefly and Penne eventually settling on top. Another solid round for both, making a really tough job for the judges.

Round 3:  Two spinning backfists, a spinning back-kick, chopping inside-kicks and uppercuts – Markos comes out bringing the hurt, forcing Penne to shoot for a double-leg and take the battle to the canvas midway through the round. There she delivers some payback, ground and pounding from top position, threatening with a choke when Markos gives her back, and spinning around to nullify all attempts at escape. Markos is still pretty crafty, slapping an inverted triangle on her, but the round ends before anything can be finished.

Result: Jessica Penne def. Randa Markos via Split Decision

-Yancy Medeiros vs. Joe Proctor

Round 1: Proctor wastes no time establishing a chopping low-kick as his “go to” move, while Medeiros blends a spinning back-kick with a lunging jab. It’s Medeiros who draw figurative blood first though, wobble his foe with a right hand that Proctor has to shake off.  He does, but Medeiros blasts him with another spin kick to the body – this one dropping him against the cage. The following seconds see Medeiros snatching up the guillotine and squeezing, and Proctor tapping in the waning seconds of the round.

Result: Yancy Medeiros def. Joe Proctor via Submission (Guillotine) at 4:37, R1

-Daron Cruickshank vs. KJ Noons

Round 1: The Cruickshank we’ve seen of late has been one heck of a dynamic striker, and brings that arsenal early and often right out of the gate. Noons gets after him, but inadvertently pokes Cruickshank in the eye, prompting a brief respite. They restart, and the TUF vet gets his hands on the Strikeforce vet and throws him around a bit. Furious scrambling has them back upright, where Noons attempts to tame the beast with his boxing, stringing together combos whenever he steps into range. Cruickshank gets the takedown in the final seconds, undoubtedly scoring points.

Round 2: Noons immediately (and presumably accidentally) pokes Cruickshank in the eye yet again, this time leaving it bloody. The subsequent inspection by the doctor has Cruickshank admitting he can’t see out of it, and that’s all she wrote. A disappointing ending to a good fight.

Result: NO CONTEST due to unintentional foul

-Charles Oliveira vs. Jeremy Stephens

Round 1: It’s almost inexplicable how Oliveira does it, but he when he wants to work subs on the ground, you’re soon defending subs on the ground. Such is the case with Stephens, who counters the Brazilian’s tie-up by throwing him to the canvas. About two seconds later Oliveira has swiveled into an armbar attempts from the guard, and for the next two and a half minutes the American is stuck patiently defending it. He eventually escapes, and after a short while they’re back on the feet, working their respective striking games.

Round 2: Oliveira lumbers forward, careful to stay either too far or too close for Stephens’ power punches, and nails the takedown. From there he works methodically into spider guard and leans back into an armbar from which there can be no escape – AND STEPHENS ESCAPES. Still, the submission onslaught continues, with Oliveira getting his back, hunting for a choke, then sliding into another armbar. But Stephens gets out of it, and the bells sounds with the American pounding away.

Round 3: Within 45 seconds it’s on the ground, yet Stephens avoids trouble and trading exhaustion-colored kicks and punches. Time and time again Oliveira’s shots are stuffed and he’s left gesturing for Stephens to willingly step into his guard. Stephens for the most part doesn’t take the bait, although as time expires he’s working ground and pound from above.

Result: Charles Oliveira def. Jeremy Stephens via Unanimous Decision

-Carla Esparza vs. Rose Namajunas

Round 1: Rose sprints across the cage and takes the center of the Octagon, where she begins to throw a furious sequence of kicks and punches. But Esparza catches a foot and throws her down, and for about four seconds unleashes some fury. They’re back on the feet just as quickly, and the two dance in and out throwing pretty much everything at each other. Three times Esparza is successful with takedowns – an advantage that doesn’t bode well for Rose’s chances.

Round 2: The takedown comes just after a minute has passed, and Esparza makes it count with a good battering. When Rose gets up she shoots for a takedown of her own Esparza turns her over and resumes her bombing run, and with about 20 seconds left she’s in mount, landing punch after punch. The horn sounds with Rose struggling to survive.

Round 3: Esparza needs only 11 seconds to get her foe down in this round, and she eases into back-mount before a minute has passed. Soon Rose is defending the choke, and moments later she’s tapping. Carla Esparza is your inaugural UFC 115-pound female champ.

Result: Carla Esparza def. Rose Namajunas via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:26, R3

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Felice Herrig offered up a collage of some of her more memorable weigh-in attires, something she’s likely to continue with later today.

Herrig will weigh-in with the rest of The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale lineup in Las Vegas, and you can catch the proceedings on FightLine.

For now, check out Herrig’s previous “outfits” for weigh-ins:

ufc fight night 59

Conor McGregor promised to finish off Dustin Poirier inside the first round when the two featherweights met earlier this year.

Now, just over a month away from returning to the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 59 against Dennis Siver, “Notorious” is offering another prediction.

“I will KO him inside 2 minutes,” McGregor posted on Twitter.

The Irish fighter has sped his way up the rankings thanks to wins over Poirier, Diego Brandao, Max Holloway and Marcus Brimage. McGregor (16-2) has won 12 in a row over, while Siver (22-9) is 3-1 with one no-contest in his last five.

ufc 181

It took a few extra months, but Anthony Pettis finally made his first successful title defense Saturday night at UFC 181, besting Gilbert Melendez and retaining the lightweight belt.

Now, “Showtime” will look to continue his climb to becoming the best.

“I saw the division develop over the last year,” said Pettis, during the post-fight show on FOX Sports 1. “(Benson) Henderson losing, (Rafael) dos Anjos winning. But all these guys have fights coming up.

“Khabib (Nurmagomedov) is injured, but he could be next. I’m not afraid of anyone. Melendez is No. 1 in the world and I beat him in two rounds, so I’m ready for Khabib if he’s next.”

The submission win over Melendez was the first stoppage loss in his career and the third in the last four for Pettis. He’s now defeated the likes of Henderson and Donald Cerrone.

Last year, Pettis submitted Henderson to win the title and was scheduled to compete, but a knee injury knocked him out for several months. He also spent time on the sidelines coaching The Ultimate Fighter opposite Melendez.

“The last 15 months was hard because of the surgery,” he said. “It was tough. When I’m healthy, no one can beat me.”

ufc 181

Robbie Lawler had to wait and listen to the scorecards be read off before he could celebrate Saturday night at UFC 181. That’s not how he wanted it to happen.

Lawler became the welterweight champion, scoring a split decision over Johny Hendricks in the main event. He talked about his plan going in during the post-fight show on FOX Sports 1.

“I though I was going to dominate and knock him out, but he’s tough and it was a hell of a fight once again,” he said. “The plan was to get out there and beat him up, stuff his takedowns and make him pay.

“I did a good job creating damage, dirty boxing and beating him up. I feel like I won it.”

Lawler admitted that in the first meeting – a win by Hendricks – that he let the fight get away from him. He wasn’t about to let that happen this time around.

“That’s what happened last time. He finished a lot stronger at the end and got the victory, and I wanted to finish him and I really tried to beat him up at the end,” Lawler said. “I wanted to be the better guy at the end.”

The 32-year-old has won three straight now since the loss to Hendricks and is 6-1 overall in his last seven fights. Along with his win over Hendricks, he’s also defeated Matt Brown, Jake Ellenberger, Rory MacDonald and Josh Koscheck.

For Lawler, this was a culmination in a long process that dates back to his first run with the promotion.

“I really had to dig deep. It didn’t just happen (Saturday), it was a lot of years of hard work in the gym and it paid off,” he said. “This is awesome. There’s a lot of people behind me. This isn’t just about me. ATT was behind me the whole way. I’ve been there for two years and look at me today.”

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