Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will tie a ribbon around The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 20 with a live finale on FOX Sports 1, which takes place later tonight (Fri., Dec. 12, 2014) inside the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. That's where the promotion will crown its inaugural 115-pound champion with a strawweight headliner pitting Carla Esparza against Rose Namajunas.
But that's not all.
With the exception of Justine Kish, sidelined by an untimely knee injury, the rest of the mixed martial arts (MMA) hopefuls who laced up the gloves this season will return for a second shot at UFC superstardom. Joining them on the cable television network are are handful of familiar faces, including Jeremy Stephens and Charles Oliveira, to help round out the show.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest TUF 20 Finale results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
TUF 20 QUICK RESULTS:
Carla Esparza def. Rose Namajunas by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:26 of Round Three
Charles Oliveira def. Jeremy Stephens by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Daron Cruickshank and K.J. Noons fight to No Contest (Cruickshank unable to continue after eye poke)
Yancy Medeiros def. Joe Proctor by submission (guillotine) at 4:37 of Round One
Jessica Penne def. Randa Markos by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Felice Herrig def. Lisa Ellis by submission (armbar) at 3:05 of Round Two
Heather Jo Clark def. Bec Rawlings by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Joanne Calderwood def. Seo Hee Ham by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 30-26)
Tecia Torres def. Angela Magana by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 30-26)
Aisling Daly def. Alex Chambers by submission (armbar) at 4:53 of Round One
Angela Hill def. Emily Kagan by unanimous decision (30-26 x2, 30-27)
TUF 20 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
115 lbs.: Carla Esparza vs. Rose Namajunas
Round 1: Rose immediately takes the center. Quick punching exchange. Namajunas lands a glancing head kick at the end of a combination. Another trade, Rose with a good left hand. Flying switch kick lands, Esparza catches ia dn takes her down into half guard. Esparza dropping punches. Namajunas scrambles up and cracks her with a left hook. One minute in. Two-piece combo lands for Esparza. Rose with a low kick. Flying knee and left hook from Rose, then a spinning backfist just pisses. Carla completes a blast double, Rose scrambles up and they trade in the clinch. Clinch battle on the fence before they separate. Two minutes in. Esparza fakes a takedown. Lead right by Rose connects. Teep from Rose. Rose moves into the clinch, eats an elbow as Esparza exits. Two minutes to go.
Esparza shoots in and lands on top in half guard. Rose quickly gains guard. Esparza stands over her and looks to drop punches, soon falling back into guard. Rose uses space to stand and they trade punches. One minute to go. Rose clinches and tries an outside trip, settles for moving Carla to the fence. Short knees from Carla. Carla escapes to the center. Carla completes another takedown before the bell. 10-9 Esparza.
Round 2: Rose attempts a side kick to open the round. Right hand connects for Esparza. Rose stops a takedown, eats a few elbows. Rose tries a flying front kick and clinches, Carla digs in some knees to the body before they separate. Carla completes another double-leg, working in half guard. One minute in. Good elbows by Esparza. Rose regains guard. Esparza lets her stand. Two minutes in. Counter right from Esparza and she reverses a takedown attempt, landing a few elbows before Rose gains guard. Two minutes to go.
Rose working to regain guard. Carla working her way to half guard and then side control, dropping elbows. One minute to go. Esparza moves into mount, firing off good punches. Rose gives up her back in the last few seconds. 10-9 Esparza.
Round 3: Rose attempts a spinning backfist. Esparza catches a front kick and takes her down once again. Rose gives up her back as Esparza works to navigate her guard. Esparza with both books in, dropping punches. One minute in. Carla looking for the RNC, locks it up and earns the tap. Carla Esparza is the inaugural UFC strawweight champion.
Final result: Esparza def. Namajunas by submission (rear-naked choke)
145 lbs.: Charles Oliveira vs. Jeremy Stephens
Round 1: Stephens opens with a low kick. Oliveira moves into the clinch right away and pulls guard, eating a knee to the body as he does. Oliveira attacking an armbar immediately. Stephens lifts him up and slams him down, but is unable to dislodge Oliveira. One minute in. Stephens stacking him to defend the armbar. He looks to be working his arm free. Two minutes in. Stephens finally gets free, setting up in closed guard and dropping elbows. Two minutes to go.
More elbows by Stephens. Stephens stands, Oliveira stays on him and looks for a single-leg. Oliveira moves him to the fence, lands an elbow and a knee in the clinch. Stephens reverses on the fence. One minute to go. STephens separates. Combination from Stephens to the body and head. Leg kick exchange. Oliveira blocks an overhand right, tries a spinning back fist as he moves into the clinch. They separate. Stephens comes up short with a right and eats a combo before the bell. 10-9 Oliveira.
Round 2: Oliviera tries a flying front kick, lands a right hand. Stephens leg kick checked. Oliveira shoots in against the cage. Browne elbows form Stephens. Oliviera completes the takedown against the cage. Stephens with a knee shield in. One minute in. Oliveira moves right to his back, applying the body triangle. Olieira softening him up. He transitions to the armbar, Stephens defending. Oliveira breaks the grip, but Stephens keeps fighting and completes a hitchhiker escape. Halfway through the round. Stephans standing over Oliveira on the fence. Stephens dives in with a hard right hand, then lets Charles up. Two minutes to go.
Oliveira ties up again, landing knees against the fence. Oliveira working towards an anaconda choke. He falls back with it, rolling Stephens over, but loses it and winds up on top in guard. One minute to go. Charles returns to the back, getting the body triangle. Back to the armbar, this time Stephens manages to get to his knees and stack him. Stephens gets out and ends the round bombing away. Great round. 10-8 Oliveira.
Round 3: Stephens lands a good right to the body, sprawls on a shot, and stands over Oliveira when he tries to pull guard. Stephens waves him up. Oliveira walks him to the cage and thoots in. Stephens latches onto a kimura, loses it and winds up on the bottom in side control. Oliveira moves to mount, Stephens reverses into top position and lets up up. Little over a minute in. Stephens right to the body. Wheel kick attempt by Oliveira. Stephens uses underhooks to stop a shot. They separate. Stephens with a right to the body and another sprawl. Two minutes to go. He connects with a left as Charles shoots in, can't sprawl on it and winds up on his seat against the fence. Oliveira looking for a front headlock. He's trying to set up a d'arce, can't do it and Stephens gets to his feet. Two minutes to go.
Jeremy drops a big right hand, then lets Charles up. 3-2 from Stephens. Oliveira low kick. Nice right from Jeremy met by a left hook. Oliveira ties him up against the fence. One minute to go. Charles pulls guard, landing with an overhook. Stephens dropping punches and elbows. He dives in with a left hand and then a hard right hand, trying to take Charles' back at the bell. 10-9 Stephens.
Final result: Oliveira def. Stephens by unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Daron Cruickshank vs. K.J. Noons
Round 1: Both men looking to kick at the start. Spinning backfist lands for Cruickshank, Noons fires back as they exchange. Cruickshank head kick nearly connect. Lead uppercut from Daron. Glancing head kick lands for him. Noons head kick blocked. One minute in. Cruickshank low kick. Right to the body lands, KJ pokes him in the eye as he does so. Good hooks by Noons, Cruckshank shoots in and takes him down from the rear waistlock. Noons scrambles up, eating a punch on the break. Back to the center. Cruickshank tries a flying knee. Two minutes in. Heel kick comes up short. Body shot after catching a kick. Daron completes a single, KJ gets right back up. Noons with a 2-3. Noons eats a counter right hook. Two minutes to go.
Cruickshank low kick. Two more counter rights land as Noons advances. Noons steps in with a left hook. One minute to go. Cruickshank body kick lands. Head kick blocked. Cruickshank with a good side kick, Noons smacks him with a knee. Cruickshank shoots in and takes KJ down against the cage. They stay clinched until the bell. 10-9 Cruickshank.
Round 2: Straight right from Cruickshank, high knee connects. Body knee by Noons hurts Cruickshank; Daron falls to his back and looks for a leglock before returning to his feet. Looks like it was another eye poke that did the damage, actually; there's blood in there and it looks gross. They pause the action to give Daron time to recover.
Cruickshank informs the ref that he can no longer see out of his eye. Bummer.
Final result: Cruickshank and Noons fight to No Contest
155 lbs.: Yancy Medeiros vs. Joe Proctor
Round 1: Medeiros tries a spinning kick. Proctor high kick hits shoulder. Proctor lands a good low kick. Medeiros answers. Proctor targeting the lead leg. Proctor right hand, Medeiros left hook and spinning back kick. One minute in. Proctor runs in with another hard low kick. Medeiros just misses on a counter hook. Low kick lands for him. Two minutes in. Lead right hand for Yancy connects. Spinnign back kick blocked, body kick lands. Yancy jabs the body. Proctor hurts Medeiros with a spinning heel kick to the groin and ties up against the cage. Proctor separates. Two minutes to go.
Straight right from Yancy and a left hook to the body. Spinning back kick misses. Counter righ tby Proctor prompts Medeiros to wave him on. Spinning backfist attempt by Proctor. One minute to go. Proctor leg kick. Medeiros with another spinning back kick and this one drops Proctor. Yancy dropping punches and he latches onto a vicious guillotine that earns the tap.
Final result: Medeiros def. Proctor by submission (guillotine)
115 lbs.: Jessica Penne vs. Randa Markos
Round 1: Penne starts with a leg kick, after which they sling leather as Markos moves into the clinch. Penne's the one who hits the throw, though, ending up on top in half guard. Penne floats into mount, looking for a triangle. One minute in. Markos escapes, but gets thrown back down when she tries to stand. Penne back in half guard. Two minutes in. Penne nearly in mount, Markos hanging onto quarter-guard. Now in full mount. Penne scrambling well, but gives up top position looking for a triangle. Markos drops a few punches on Penne near the fence. Markos backs off and stands over Penne, kicking the legs. Two minutes to go.
Penne defending well with her legs. Markos comes down into guard, landing in a triangle. Markos gets her arm back in, so Penne starts looking for an armbar. High mount for her. Good punches by Randa, but they allow Penne to sweep. Penne drops a good punch from standing and falls into Randa's guard as Randa tries to make space. Round ends there. 10-9 Penne.
Round 2: Quick exchange, punctuated by a Markos uppercut. Again she flurries as Penne approaches. Low kick from Jessica. Markos connects with a Superman punch, catches a leg kick. She again catches a low kick, dropping a hard punch as she tilts Penne to her back. One minute to go. Markos kicking the legs, but lets her up. Hard lead right from Markos. Penne low kick. Another overhand right, met by a Penne knee. Two minutes in. Again she lands the counter right and again. Penne doing nothing to avoid this punch and eats a combination. Penne ties up, Markos makes space. Another series of rights from Markos. BIG right hand connects. Penne's defense is nonexistent. Two minutes to go.
Another hard cross. Penne head kick blocked. Markos catches a low kick and tilts her down, Penne tries to sweep her but ends up on the bottom in side control. Marks takes mount and Penne uses her legs to tilt her over. Penne on top in guard. Good punch from Jesssica. One minute to go. Penne blatantly grabs the fence to avoid a sweep. On top in half guard. Nice punches from Penne. Bell; still Randa's round. 10-9 Markos.
Round 3: I miss the first thirty seconds trying to save the last round of PbP, so let's start a minute in. Good right from Penne. Counter right uppercut from Markos. Left upper just misses. Straight right lands for Penne, Markos rushes her with punches and briefly ties up. Lead right uppercut from Randa. Low kick lands. Markos with a right to the body inside. Spinning backfist misses. Two minutes in. Nice straight right and again by Randa. Penne shoots in and completes the double into guard. Randa tries to scramble up, almost gives up her back. Penne in side control. Two minutes to go.
Penne looking for a no-hooks RNC, can't get it but retains top position. Half guard for Penne. One minute to go Penne works her way into mount, the north-south. Markos tosses her legs up and latches onto an inverted triangle. The fence is in the way and she can't finish it before the round's end. 10-9 Penne.
Final result: Penne def. Markos by split decision
115 lbs.: Lisa Ellis vs. Felice Herrig
Round 1: Ellis moves right into the clinch and hits a head-and-arm through. Herrig turns into her and Ellis locks up a Marcelotine, moving her to the fence with both on their feet. After a while, Ellis lets go and cracks her with a knee, only for Herrig to take her down into half guard. One minute in. Ellis bucks and sweeps her, ending up on top in guard. Herrig makes space with her legs, then locks onto a triangle when Ellis dives back in. She rolls Ellis over, also attacking the arm. Ellis defending well and eventually works her way out. Herrig scrambles up, avoiding a guillotine to end up on top in guard. Two minutes to go.
Elbows from the bottom by Ellis. Ellis looking for an omoplata, transitions to a kneebar. Herrig counters and retains top position. One minute to go. Herrig in top half guard. Good elbow by Herrig. Round ends in that position. 10-9 Herrig.
Round 2: Ellis ties up and tries another head-and-arm through, but Herrig winds up on top in half guard. Herrig passes to side control and Ellis uses the opportunity to shoot in and take her down into guard. Quick sweep by Herrig. One minute in. Herrig hops directly into mount, then takes Ellis' back. Herrig looking to soften her up. Two minutes in. Herrig is too high on the back and transitions to the armbar. Ellis gets free and takes top position, but talls into a triangle. Herrig transitions back to the armbar, goes belly-down and earns the tap.
Final result: Herrig def. Ellis by submission (armbar)
115 lbs.: Heather Jo Clark vs. Bec Rawlings
Round 1: They tie up right away, trading knees and jockeying for position for a good ten seconds before they split. Low kick from Bec. BIG overhand right by Clark and she tosses Rawlings to the ground, landing in side control. One minute in. Rawlings tossing up her legs, rolls and winds up giving up turtle position. Bec stands, taking knees from Clark. Clark pressing her against the fence. Two minutes in. Knee from Rawlings as Clark tries to get in on her hips. Bec defending the takedown so far. The referee is dissatisfied with the amount oef action and separates them. They tie up again right away. Two minutes to go.
Bec with some knees and lands a good combination as they separate. Bec moves back into the clinch, taking Clark to the fence. Clark reverses position. Bec. Knees to the body from both. One minute to go. Nice short elbows by Rawlings. Rawlings tries a head-and-arm throw and completes it, but Clark has a hook in. They stay in that position for the remainder of the round. 10-9 Clark.
Round 2: Left hook by Rawlings, then another and a leg kick. Clark lands a counter cross, then another. Nice right hand over the top at the end of a combination. Straight right. One minute in. Rawlings connects on a good left hook and shucks off a clinch attempt. Clark front kick falls short. Into the clinch, Clark grabs the bodylock. Bec tries a head-and-arm throw, Clark uses the momentum to land on top in side control. Two minutes in. Bec turns to the turtle position and Clark inserts both hooks. Bec attempts to roll through into guard, can't do so. Two minutes to go.
Clark flattens her out and tries a palm-to-palm choke, can't get it. One minute to go. Clark is too high on the back , manages to get back into position. Bec gets to top position and Clark throws up her legs for an armbar attempt at the bell. 10-9 Clark.
Round 3: They slug it out to open the round. Clark shoots in, Bec rebuffs her. Bec overhand falls short. Uppercut lands, another and a left hook. Good combination by Bec. Rawlings landing well now. One minute in. Clark seems fatigued. Body kick from Bec. They clinch and Clark takes her to the fence. Two minutes to go. Good knee and elbow from Bec as they move off the cage. Clark moves her right back. Two minutes to go.
The referee splits them up for inaction. Rawlings wades in with a combo, connects again when Clark tries to clinch. Knee and straight right from Bec. Another right hand inside. Clark 1-2. Clark with a left hook, eats an uppercut as they tie up. One minute to go. They soon separate. Rawlings body kick. Clark chases after her with punches and presses her against the cage. Short elbows by Bec. Bec reverses position and they move around the cage in the clinch until the end. 10-9 Rawlings.
Final result: Clark def. Rawlings by unanimous decision
115 lbs.: Joanne Calderwood vs. Seo Hee Ham
Round 1: Jojo flicking out the kicks early. Counter left by Ham after a few low kicks. Ham with a low kick of her own, Calderwood tries the Hug Tornado. Calderwood teep. Ham low kick in response. One minute in. Ham lands a straight left, then a leg kick. Head kick blocked. Nice left after catching a kick. Jojo right hook. 2-1 from Calderwood, body knee. Two minutes in. Ham prods the body, blocked a high kick. Stiff jab and 1-2 by Calderwood; Ham is landing low kicks, but Calderwood seems to be checking them. Ham tries a switch kick, eats a body kick, lands a low kick. Leg kick exchange. Jojo tries a spinning backfist before firing off a punching combo. Two minutes to go.
Uppercut to left hook from Jojo. Spinning back kick lands to the body. Ham ducks a spinning backfist and grabs the bodylock, moving Calderwood to the fence. Calderwood knees the body. Short elbow as well as she reverses position on the fence. Ham body shot after they separate. Another straight left, Jojo answers with a side kick. One minute to go. Good uppercut from Calderwood. Straight left by Ham, Jojo lands with an uppercut. Calderwood gets the plum, lands some knees as they move to the fence. Jojo knees the body, Ham makes distance. The Korean lands a good straight left before the bell. 10-9 Calderwood.
Round 2: Ham opens with a low kick, Jojo answers. Body kick from Calderwood. Ham doubles up the left hand, eats a cross inside soon after. Teep from Jojo. Knee to the body, then a side kick when Ham kicks the leg. Jojo counters a 1-2 with a stiff jab. Spinning back kick and straight left, then another left by Jojo. One minute in. Calderwood attempts a back elbow. Calderwood straight right. Calderwood pecking away at the legs. Calderwood with a sequence of lefts, Ham with a straight. Two minutes in. Ham gets the bodylock after taking an elbow, Jojo separates and lands a three-punch combo. Calderwood keeping Ham at range with front kicks. Knee to the body inside and she grabs a rear waistlock when Ham moves her to the cage. Two minutes to go.
Jojo's nose is quite bloody at this point. Jojo still controlling her, lands knees to the body and legs. High knee just misses, now Ham presses her against the cage. Short elbow by Jojo, she reverses and they separate. One minute to go. Ham with a hard combination. Jojo leg and body kick, Ham answers with a body kick and eats a jab. Calderwood left hook and they tie up, Jojo again getting the rear waistlock. She hoists Ham up, but Ham retains her footing. The second toss gets Ham to the turtle position before the round ends. 10-9 Calderwood.
Round 3: Calderwood lands a lead right hand. Spinning back kick attempt, Ham ties up and Jojo cracks her with an elbow before pressing her against the fence. Jojo kneeing the legs. Knee to the head connects. One minute in. More knees by Calderwood. Ham with a knee to the gut. Calderwood separates. Right hand connects for her, then a knee to the body. Back to the fence, Jojo doing the pressing. Two minutes in. Jojo maybe looking for a high-crotch takedown, lets it go. Ham with an elbow after taking one from Jojo amidst the steady supply of knees. Ham ducks a spinning elbow and tries to reverse the position, but gets put back on the cage. They separate with two minutes to go.
Straight right from Jojo, then a counter left and spinning back fist. Teep to the face from Jojo. Ham tries to clinch, Jojo gets the rear waistlock and takes her down into side control. She lands in position for an arm triangle. Ham defends and Jojo looks to take the back. One minute to go. Jojo settles for side control, then hops into mount. Ham gives up her back and Jojo starts dropping punches. She continues landing until the bell. 10-9 Calderwood.
Final result: Calderwood def. Ham by unanimous decision
115 lbs.: Angela Magana vs. Tecia Torres
Round 1: They trade low kicks to start. Superman punch from Torres. Good three-punch combo, ending with the right hand. Magana avoids the next rushes. Magana leg kicks. One minute in. Combination by Torres lands against the fence. Inside low kick soon after. Lead right, Magana fires a retaliatory combo. Two minutes in. Torres catches a kick, lands punches. Counter right from Magana, cross by Torres as she separates. Torres lands a teep. Quick exchange inside. Two minutes to go.
Leg kick exchange. Torres drops her with a two-punch combo and moves to attack, landing a glancing head kick. Magana tries to tie up, is denied. Magana clinches and moves her to the cage. Torres reverses position after taking a knee to the body. One minute to go. Magana attempts a head-and-arm throw, Torres separates. Magana low kick and inside right as Torres advances. Counter left by Torres after taking a kick, then a hard right in the same fashion. Torres counters another kick effectively. Torres in pursuit until the bell. 10-9 Torres.
Round 2: Tentative start to the round. Magana tries a spinning heel kick that falls well short. Torres rushes, doesn't land clean. Magana front kick blocked. Torres leg kick as Magana paws. One minute in. Torres leg kick, Magana answers. Torres tries to rush, takes a counter. Torres bulls her way into the clinch, both women landing in the process. Torres pressing her against the cage briefly, separates. Two minutes in. Magana with a pair of glancing kicks. Torres with a good right inside. Very few clean strikes this round. Rush by Tecia, Magana knee in response. Two minutes to go.
Low kick from Magana. Torres lands a straight right near the cage. 3-2 attempt. Magana teases a takedown that falls well short. Leg kick lands for her. Left hook by Tecia in a combination, then a long punching combo. One minute to go. Three-punch combo and teep by Torres. Tecia on the attack, lands a right hook as Magana circles along the fence. Torres utilizing the side kick well. Right hand and side kick by Torres make up the last clean connections of the round. 10-9 Torres.
Round 3: Magana falling short with 1-2s. Torres low kick. Good punching combination and side kick from Torres. One minute in. Magana avoids a combo. Three-piece from Tecia, all connect. Left hook soon after, then another straight right. Magana shoots in, Torres limp-legs out of it. Magana consistently coming up short with her punches. Leg kick exchange. Right hand by Tecia in combination. Two minutes in. Four-punch combo, right hand connects at the end. Two minutes to go.
Magana tries a front kick, gets cracked with an overhand right, head kick, and side kick in sequence. Magana falls short on another takedown. Torres side kick. Leg kicks land for her. Magana front kick misses, Tecia lands a pair of punches and a head kick. Left hook against the cage. One minute to go. Another head kick lands for Torres as she remains on the attack. Torres landing punches and side kicks constantly as Magana backpedals away. They briefly tie up on the cage. Torres side kick, then a takedown into side control at the bell. 10-9 Torres.
Final result: Torres def. Magana by unanimous decision
115 lbs.: Alex Chambers vs. Aisling Daly
Round 1: Daly moving forward. Chambers low kick and right hand. Daly tries to tie up on the cage, gets reversed. Chambers changes levels as Ais tries to drop punches. They jockey for position and Ais lands a knee before they separate. Chambers scores with a right hand and scores a takedown into half guard. Back to guard, One minutes in. Daly working her way steadily to an armbar. She goes belly-down on it, looking to roll Chambers over. Daly has her on her back, but one of her legs is caught and Chambers gets free, winding up on the bottom. Two minutes in. Daly on top in half guard, landing short ground-and-pound. Chambers tries to turn into her without success. Daly hops into mount. High mount now. Two minutes to go.
Daly dropping punches as Chambers turns back and forth. Chambers regains half guard. Side control for Daly after some more GnP. Chambers turns into her and shoots in, Daly denies the takedown but eats an elbow. One minute in. Daly shoots back in, completing an outside trip into half guard and then mount. Daly looking for S-mount,. Daly falls back for the armbar and, after a brief struggle, scores the tap.
Final result: Daly def. Chambers by submission (armbar)
115 lbs.: Angela Hill vs. Emily Kagan
Round 1: Kagan barrels into the clinch immediately, moving Hill to the fence. Hill shrugs her off and lands an illegal knee that's not called. Kagan moves right back into the clinch. She can't get anything done before Hill gets free. Both women trading punches, good body kick from Hill. One minute in. Counter right by Hill, Kagan moves her to the fence before she can capitalize. Hill defending the takedown well. Two minutes in. Kagan trying to knee the body, Hill reverses and jams in a few knees of her own before they split. Hill not on the advance and landing good punches. Counter right after a low kick. Kagan moves her to the fence once again. Two minutes to go.
Kagan separates, landing a left on the break. Level change attempt denied by Hill. Hill catches a body kick, landing a few strikes before dropping it. Counter right puts Kagan on her seat. Hill on her as she rises from the turtle position. One minute in. Now Hill's pressing Kagan against the cage. Knees to the body. Kagan tries a throw, can't get it but gets good position on the fence. Hill rocks her with a knee and presses the attack. Good right hand when Kagan tries to throw back. Hill landing some heavy knees before Kagan clinches at the bell. 10-9 Hill.
Round 2: Kagan's sporting an ugly cut over her right eye. Hill moving forward, lands a right inside and denies a takedown. Good body kick as she's leg kicked. Leg kick of her own. Kagan to the body. Hill catches a kick, lands a right, and moves her to the fence. Good knee to the body. Level elbow, which lets Kagan reverse the position. Heavy knee by Hill hurts Kagan once again. One minute in. Kagan shoots in, gets clocked with a knee and right hand for her trouble. Hill unloading on the cage with knees, elbows and punches. Kagan seems out of immediate danger, takes a knee to the body. Two minutes in. Kagan reverses position on the cage. Knee by Hill. Two minutes to go.
Hill lands a knee as she moves off the cage, then slings Kagan to the ground. More knees and punches by Hill as Kagan covers up. Kagan manages to tie up. Hill sprawls on a takedown. Another hard knee and right hand from Hill. One minute to go. Hill effortlessly turns aside another takedown attempt. Kagan on the fence, taking punishment as she circles. Back to center cage. Kagan tries a combination; she's still game. Body kick from Hill. One more body knee before the bell. Not 10-8, but an authoritative 10-9 Hill.
Round 3: Hill body kick, Kagan rushes with punches. They tie up; Hill peels her off quickly. Lead right from Hill. Kagan leg kick. Back to the clinch; Hill reverses position and they trade knees to the body. One minute in. Good knee to the body by Hill, then a few more before they split. Counter right off a kick, head kick after dropping it. Left hook lands for her. Kagan shoots in, gets pressed into the cage by Hill. Knee upstairs. Two minutes in. Kagan looking to get in on Hill's hips. Hill fighting off the single-leg. Hill stops what I think was an attempt to run the pipe. Two minutes to go.
Kagan finally gets her down, Hill pops right back up. Kagan takes her back down into pseudo-side control. Hill holding onto a kimura grip, drops an elbow. Hill moves to top turtle and drops punches on Kagan as she stands. One minute to go. Knees as well from Hill. Hill pressing her against the fence. Elbows and knees from the Muay Thai specialist. Hill forces her into turtle position and lands knees to the body as Kagan stands. Bell, 10-9 Hill. Good performance.
Final result: Hill def. Kagan by unanimous decision