The crowning of the first ever bantamweight "Ultimate Fighter" took place tonight (Sat., Dec. 3, 2011) in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 Finale, as John Dodson took on T.J. Dillashaw.
And the winner of the six-figure contract, the big glass trophy and all the prestige that comes with making it through the TUF house and the Finale is ...
... John Dodson.
He did it in style, too, like he did all season in the house, by absolutely destroying Dillashaw with a big punch that landed right on the button. A hard left followed by another big shot was enough for referee Herb Dean to stop the bout.
There wasn't a lot of action in this one, folks.
Both guys played fast and loose in the early going, looking to ease into the zone and find their place in the pocket. The trouble with staying back like that is it allows your opponent to get just as cozy.
Bad news for Dillashaw, good for Dodson.
"The Magician," as they call him down at Greg Jackson's in New Mexico, is now officially a proud member of the UFC bantamweight division. Anyone think he'll make a stink after seeing him tear through TUF 14?