Ryan Hall (5-1) was eliminated on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 22 "reality" show, but made the most out of his second chance tonight (Dec. 11, 2015) to become TUF 22 winner.
Hall, 30, defeated Artem Lobov (11-11-1 1NC) by unanimous decision in the Lightweight final at TUF 22 Finale inside "The Chelsea" at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nev.
Two judges scored the bout 30-26 and the third had it 30-27.
The gifted Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, who had two heel hook submissions on this season's show, filled in for Saul Rogers, who could not make the bout because of a visa issue.
Hall dominated Lobov with his grappling skills and creative takedowns and submission attacks for the entire 15 minutes in a dominant and one-sided performance.
Hall rolled early on and got the takedown on Lobov and immediately attacked his leg. Lobov escaped, but Hall transitioned to the back of "The Russian Hammer" and nearly locked up a rear-naked choke. "The Wizard" had a body triangle secured and began to soften up Lobov with well-timed punches while looking to lock up another choke. Hall remained in control from the Russian's back for the remainder of the round.
Hall missed a rolling entry for a takedown early on in the second, but pulled Lobov into his guard soon after. The Team Faber member tried for a leg lock, but Lobov escaped and made it back to his feet. Hall pulled Lobov back into his guard again with a little over two minutes left in the round. Hall went for heel hook, but could not get it. Lobov took top position, but couldn't mount any offense.
In the final round, Hall feinted then landed another rolling takedown before attacking for a heel hook. Lobov made it back up to his feet, but Hall jumped into guard and got the Team McGregor member down to the mat once again. When Lobov avoided another leg lock attack, Hall jumped on his back when he returned to his feet. Lobov stood along the fence with Hall on his back. The SBG-trained fighter remained patient, but could not shake Hall, who was hunting a rear-naked choke and landing punches. Right before the end of the round, the two fell to the mat with Hall still maintaining back control.
It was a dominant performance by Hall, who essentially put on a grappling clinic and earned himself a "six-figure" UFC contract in the process. His style is very unique and he should be an interesting watch each time out.
Lobov had no answer for Hall, but performed well on the show and will most likely get another opportunity with the promotion moving forward.
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