The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 9 Finale is set to go off TONIGHT (June 20) from the "The Pearl" at the Palms Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The event features a maniacal lightweight test of endurance between Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida, as well as a co main event that pits Joe Stevenson against Nate Diaz in another fantastic 155-pound showdown.
Of course, the lightweight and welterweight finales for the ninth season of TUF are also slated for the main card.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest TUF 9 Finale results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action!)
TUF 9 FINALE QUICK RESULTS:
Diego Sanchez defeats Clay Guida via Split Decision
James Wilks defeats Demarcus Johnson via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1
Ross Pearson defeats Andre Winner via Unanimous Decision
Chris Lytle defeats Kevin Burns via Unanimous Decision
Joe Stevenson defeats Nate Diaz via Unanimous Decision
Melvin Guillard defeats Gleison Tibau via Split Decision
Brad Blackburn defeats Edgar Garcia via Split Decision
Tomasz Drwal defeats Mike Ciesnolevicz via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Nick Osipczak defeats Frank Lester via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1
Jason Dent defeats Cameron Dollar via Submission (Anaconda Choke) Round 1
TUF 9 FINALE PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY:
Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida (155-pound limit)
Round one: Guida and Sanchez come out swinging like animals!!!! Sanchez lands an uppercut and Guida could be hurt, and now their throwing at an amazing pace!!! Sanchez with a big knee and another uppercut. These guys are insane. Guida ducks under and gets the take down and survives the initial onslaught from Sanchez. Sanchez did some serious damage and Guida was bleeding from his nose that was the most ridiculous exchange to start a fight ive ever seen in my life. Guida now in full guard controlling Sanchez on the mat. Diego is now bleeding from the nose. Sanchez is up and now their separated. Guida could have a broken nose its gushing blood. Sanchez with a HUGE head kcik and hes hurt bad but somehow hes back up. Flying knee from Sanchez and he is dominating the standup. Hes landing some vicious uppercuts now. Guida goes for a single. Their clinched up against the fence. Diego now gets a take down and is in half guard. Elbow from Sanchez. Guida back to his feet. Right from Diego and thats the bell, a SICK PACE AND SICK ACTION. Sanchez is dominating and doing serious serious damage with vicious striking but Guida has a granite chin I thought he was out about 4 different times already.
Round two: Head kick from Sanchez misses. Inside leg kick from Sanchez and Guida gets a single leg take down. Guida now on top in full guard. Hes needs to try and ride out the round here. Diego with some elbows from the bottom. High guard from Sanchez. Guida with a decent elbow. Sanchez looking for a kimura. Guida now raining down hammer fists. The crowd is chanting Guida and Guida tries to answer with some hammer fists. Elbow from Guida and now some hammer fists. Elbows from Diego from the bottom and they are landing with serious power. Rubber guard from Sanchez. Guida has Diego up against the cage. Sanchez with elbows and Guida is raining non stop hammer fists. Diego trying to climb up the cage but Guida is in control. Thats the bell, Guida wins that round by being on top the whole time but Sanchez still did serious damage with elbows from the bottom. This is an amazing amazing fight.
Round three: Great right left from Sanchez and Guida with a good counter right that stops diego in his tracks. Head kick from Sanchez. Nice right from Guida. Good left then uppercut from Sanchez and Guida goes for a leg but is shrugged off. 3 mins left. Nice right from Sanchez. HUGE right hook from Guida. Both guys exhnage rights. Big left from Diego and Guida with two bIG rights. Big left from Sanchez. Guida shoots and Diego gets his back briefly but Guida almost has it reversed. Guida is now on top and if he can ride it out for the round he has a shot to win. Guida now with some elbows and hammer fists. Sanchez going for a Kimura. Guida gushing blood. Guida escapes and is raining downs punches to finish the round. HOLY SHIT WHAT AN AMAZING FIGHT. Clay Guida somehow survived a 1st round where his face was almost obliterated. He was out on his feet about 4-5 times. Yet somehow he came back and won round two and could have very well won round 3 also. This should be an interesting decision, but I have to say this is one of the better fights ive seen in a very very very long time. The 1st two minutes of the 1st round alone was the best ive ever seen.
Final result: Diego Sanchez defeats Clay Guida via Split Decision
DeMarques Johnson vs. James Wilks (170-pound limit)
Round one: Johnson with a quick right. Wilks lands a big right left combo. Then he follows up with a good right and a knee to the chin. Both guys exchange jabs. Great left then right from Wilks and now hes landing big knees and right hook. Nice knee to the body from Johnson and now he goes for a take down but Wilks falls on top into full guard. Up kick from Johnson and now Wilks drops for a heel hook. Johnson now gets on top and is landing some big elbows and rights. Wilks again goes for a heel hook. Johnson is using hammer fists to try and get himself out. Johnson is out. Oma plata from Wilks but its loose and then a triangle and he has is almost locked in. Johnson slips out but hes still in a Oma Plata. Johnson slips out. Johnson to his feet now and Wilks has his back. Wilks trips him right back down to the mat. Wilks with one hook in now. Wilks now is going for a rear naked choke. Johnson is trying to keep his neck tucked. Wilks locks it in deep with only 10 seconds left!!! Johnson taps! WOW, with only 10 seconds left Johnson taps out instead of going to sleep. Wilks dominated.
Final result: James Wilks defeats Demarcus Johnson via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1
Ross Pearson vs. Andre Winner (155-pound limit)
Round one: Pearson steps in with a weak combo but mostly just feeling for distance. Winner with a leg kick. Winner with a quick right. Pearson counters with a left. Leg kick from Pearson. Now their clinched against the fence and Winner with some knees to the thigh. Pearson with wrist control and now pushes Winner's back to the cage. Their still against the fence both seem to be canceling each other out due to similar styles. Good knees from Winner and then a nice elbow. Pearson briefly looks for a single but can cash it in. Nice elbow from Winner. Pearson with good knees to the body now. Pearson with a nice elbow. Pearson takes a knee to the balls and hes taking a moment. Winner with a good left and Pearson with a great combo and Winner with a double uppercut that lands flush. Winner with a knee from the clinch. Nice uppercut from Pearson. Nice body shot combo from Winner and then a good knee from Winner to finish the round. Extremely close but id give it to Winner for his last second flurry but it could go either way.
Round two: Leg kick from Pearson. Inside leg kick from Pearson, and then Pearson with a great right left combo. Pearson with a good knee from the clinch. Body shot from Pearson in the body clinch up against the cage. Knee to the body and now a single leg attempt from Pearson. Winner shrugs him off and lands an uppercut in the process. Knee tot he thigh from Winner. Nice elbow from Winner. Nice knee then uppercut from Pearson and Winner with an elbow over the top. Nice elbow from Winner again and they apart finally. Pearson with a weak knee attempt and nice leg kick from Pearson. Nice right from Pearson and then another right and knee to the body and Pearson again goes for the single leg take down but Winner stuffs it again. Their clinched up against a fence. Nice big elbow over the top from Pearson. Winner with a good combo and left to the body to end the round. Again its razor close, id give it to Pearson this time but Winner had the Octagon control for the majority of the round.
Round three: Final round and both guys knee to leave it all out there. Nice right hook from Pearson and Winner with a nice left hook. Pearson body clinches and their up against the cage again. Nice uppercut from Pearson. Another uppercut from Pearson. Again Pearson with the dirty boxing uppercut. Pearson with a knee and overhand elbow. Both guys exchange good right. Pearson with a good right then left and Winner lands a counter left. Winner now attempting a single leg take down. Pearson with a good uppercut and body shot. Knee from Pearson. Great leg kick form Pearson and Winner with a counter right. Knee to thigh and uppercut from Pearson. Pearson sucks in a single leg and briefly gets Winner down but hes right back to his feet. Left from Winner and Pearson lands a stinging left jab that hurts Winner. Winner tries to answer with a solid combo. Knee from Pearson from the body clinch and then an uppercut and big knee from Pearson and big uppercut from Pearson as the bell rings and Winner is hurt!!! Wow Pearson really turned it up and won that last round and did some damage in the process but the question is will the judges give him one of the 1st two rounds when Andre Winner had Pearsons back to the cage for almost the entire round which falls under the great grey area of judging we know as Octagon control.
Final result: Ross Pearson defeats Andre Winner via Unanimous Decision
Chris Lytle vs. Kevin Burns (170-pound limit)
Round one: Lytle throwing bombs right from the get. Nice left from Lytle. Lytle with a left and Burns a short uppercut. Nice left hook from Lytle. Nice lunging left from Lytle. Front kick from Burns. Inside leg kick. Jab from Burns and Lytle goes for a take down. Burns with a good right. Uppercut from Burns. Nice body shot from Lytle. Nice left hook from Lytle. Nice left hook. Nice left hook from Lytle. Great knee from Burns. Low blow from Burns and Herb Dean stops it. Burns with a big uppercut and Lytle is hurt and Burns jumps all over it and is trying to finish but Lytle is hanging on to a single leg and trying to get his witts back about him. Great elbow from Burns and now Burns lands a big uppercut and another HUGE uppercut and Lytle is hurt and then he lands a big flying knee!!!! WOW great end to the round, Burns was loosing but stole it in the last minute with a barrage of powerful damaging shots.
Round two: Lytle with a BIG right hand to open it up and Burns is hurt!!!!! Lytle with another shot and Burns is hurt bad. Now Burns answers with an uppercut!! He seems to have his bearings back. Great body shot from Lytle. Burns gets a double leg take down. Lytle right back to his feet. Great body shot from Lytle then a stiff overhand right. Burns with a body shot. Left from Lytle then a body shot. Lytle with a right to the body. Left then right body hook to Lytle. Body shot to Burns mid section. Burns now breathing heavy from the big body bombs. Lytle with a big right hook. Another kick to the chops from Burns and Lytle needs a minute. Left hook from Lytle. Nice body shot then body kick from Lytle. Burns with a counter left. Big body shot then left hook from Lytle. Left hook then body shot. Another knee to the groin from Burns and Lytle needs another minute. Nice right then left from Lytle to close out the round. He dominated that round easily. Burns is gassed out and the body shots have took a big toll, hes grimacing with every punch from Lytle.
Round three: Lytle catches a leg kick then lands a good overhand right with slices Burns open big time. Burns is gushing blood, good body kick from Burns and Lytle is trying to target the cut. Lytle with a right. Good body shot from Lytle. Superman punch from Burns misses. BIG right from Lytle. Left hook to the body from Lytle. Left and then right hook from Lytle. Burns with a good knee. Great body shot from Lytle. Jab from Lytle. Good right to the body from Lytle. BIG right hook and Burns is rocked. Another good right from Lytle. Burns with a sharp right. Lytle with a right then body kick. Burns is breathing super heavy. Nice left hook from Lytle. Big overhand right from Lytle and Lytle lands a big right again. Big right from Lytle. Head kick from Burns blocked. Lytle is just charging forward. Another good body shot from Lytle then a jab. Another sick right from Lytle. Both guys are throwing bombs to close it out, and thats the bell. Great fight awesome stand up brawl, but Lytles rib shots proved to be the difference maker as Burns just had no gas left at the end on top of the huge gash Lytle opened up on his left eye.
Final result: Chris Lytle defeats Kevin Burns via Unanimous Decision
Joe Stevenson vs. Nate Diaz (155-pound limit)
Round one: Joe Daddy with a quick single leg take down after Diaz refuses to touch gloves. Diaz has a guillotine and then lets it go. Stevenson now posturing up looking to do damage. Joe daddy now works his way to side control. Stevenson landing good rights from the top. Joe Daddy with a crucifix position on Diaz's back. Hes control both arms. Nate slowly trying to work his way to the feet and now Nate flips over into an awkward position and now Diaz slips out. Diaz on top and now Stevenson locks in his guillotine. Diaz finally slips out. Joe Daddy is on top now. Diaz flips over and now Joe Daddy with a leg sweep and takes him back to the ground. Up kick from Diaz. Now their standing and Stevenson landing some good knees and Nate drops to his knees to avoid taking anymore damage. Thats the bell, that round was dominated by Stevenson 10-9 easy.
Round two: Jab from Diaz and Joe Daddy gets a single leg right away. Diaz looking for a guillotine and now is in the mount with the choke locked in. But Stevenson slips out. Stevenson back to the feet and lands another good knee, and Diaz again goes to his knees to avoid damage. Stevenson now landing big knees to the ribs. Another big knee on the way up. Now Joe Daddy goes for a take down and gets it again. Now hes right into side control. Stevenson postures up and lands a big big left. Diaz now looking for a triangle but no luck. Now Joe Daddy has the back and again with a big knee to the body. Now their up and clinched against the fence and Joe Daddy with knees to the thighs. Stevenson is relentless. Diaz looks for a switch but misses. Daddy posturing up. Stevenson with a cradle and cant finish the take down. Thats the bell and Joe Daddy is being relentless with the pressure and is dominating the fight. Diaz needs a miracle.
Round three: Nate with a looping right and Stevenson going for a single leg and again with a sweeping take down. Now their up and against the fence and Joe Daddy again with a sweeping take down. Nate with a hip toss and is now on top. Diaz now postures up and is landing some good rights. Joe Daddy now reverses and their up against the fence again. Stevenson with a double leg take down again. Nate working his way up. Stevenson with knees to the body while Nate is on a knee. Nate talking trash and as he gets up Stevenson with a knee. Now they separate and Nate with a right. Joe Daddy with a failed take down and Diaz is throwing wildly and thats the bell. Stevenson won that last round and should take it easy.
Final result: Joe Stevenson defeats Nate Diaz via Unanimous Decision