Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will crown a new welterweight champion of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), as season 21 ends with a bang at the live finale this Sunday night (July 12, 2015) from inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Want a follow-up to the phenomenal action of last night's UFC 189 McGregor Vs. Mendes card? Have you come to the right place.
Not long after Hayder Hassan of American Top Team (ATT) collides with bitter rival Kamaru Usman of the Blackzilians squad, welterweight sluggers Jake Ellenberger and Stephen Thompson will hook 'em up in the five-round main event of the evening.
All that and so much more.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire TUF 21 Finale fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, and then the remaining under card balance on FOX Sports 1 at 7 p.m. ET, before the FOX Sports 1 main card start time at 9 p.m. ET.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest TUF 21 Finale results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action. Also note that Steve Juon will be stepping in for the play by play coverage tonight.)
TUF 21 FINALE LIVE QUICK RESULTS:
Jake Ellenberger vs. Stephen Thompson: Thompson via KO at 4:29 of R1.
Hayder Hassan vs. Kamaru Usman: Usman via arm triangle at 1:19 of R2.
Michael Graves vs. Vicente Luque: Graves via UD 29-28 X3.
Cezar Ferreira vs. Jorge Masvidal: Masvidal via KO at 4:22 of R1.
Angela Magana vs. Michelle Waterson: Waterson via RNC at 2:38 of R3.
Maximo Blanco vs. Mike De La Torre: Blanco via TKO at 0:16 of R1.
Caio Magalhaes vs. Josh Samman: Samman via RNC at 2:52 of R1.
Russell Doane vs. Jerrod Sanders: Sanders by UD 29-28 X2, 30-27.
Dan Miller vs. Trevor Smith: Smith by UD 30-25 X2, 30-26.
George Sullivan vs. Dominic Waters: Sullivan by UD 29-27, 30-25, 29-28.
Willie Gates vs. Darrell Montague: Gates via TKO at 1:36 of R1.
TUF 21 FINALE PLAY-BY-PLAY:
170 lbs.: Jake Ellenberger vs. Stephen Thompson
Thompson is in the white trunks tonight, Ellenberger the black. Our referee for the main event tonight is John McCarthy. Thompson is 10-1 out of Simpsonville, South Carolina. Ellenberger is 3-0 out of Lake Forest, California by way of Omaha, Nebraska. Here we go!
Round 1: Thompson lands a hard flush left at 0:55 after plenty of kicks, but Ellenberger drops Thompson shortly after and he needs to tie up Ellenberger on the fence to recover. Ellenberger tries to clip Thompson with elbows against the fence by Thompson keeps ducking under them. They reset at 2:15. Ellenberger goes for the trip but Thompson winds up taking the back on the ground. Ellenberger gets up at 2:54 and is thrown down as McCarthy warns Ellenberger about grabbing the fence. Thompson gets a warning for shots to the back of the head. Ellenberger scrambles and resets at 3:20. Thompson stings Ellenberger with a combo at 3:40 then knocks Ellenberger down with a spin kick to the jaw and jumps right to side control. Ellenberger gets back up wobbled and covering up. Thompson knocks him down with another spinning kick and it's over!!
Final result: Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson via KO (spinning hook kick) at 4:29 of the first round.
170 lbs.: Hayder Hassan vs. Kamaru Usman
Round 1: The TUF 21 final! Hassan is in the red trunks, 6-1, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida for American Top Team. Usman is in the black trunks, 5-1, fighting out of Boca Raton, Florida for the Blackzilians. Herb Dean is our referee. Usman tries for a single leg and doesn't have it but he pushes Hassan to the cage in the process. He finally gets the takedown at 50 seconds but Hassan rolls through. He eats a knee to the body and an elbow once he gets back up. Usman clinches up and throws knees until they're on the fence again. Usman with a takedown at 2:02. Hassan gives up his back trying to get up, Usman gets a hook in, Hassan gets up at 3:00 but Usman takes him down again. Hard right hands by Usman to the face. Hassan is up again at 3:33, and back down again. Hassan has both hooks in. Hassan stands up and goes back down and gets back up and goes back down. Are you getting the picture here? I certainly am. This may not be much fun if it goes the distance. 10-9 Usman.
Round 2: Usman gets hit hard but takes Hassan down again and secures the arm triangle choke for the tap at 1:19.
Final result: Kamaru Usman wins via arm triangle choke submission at 1:19 of round two.
170 lbs.: Michael Graves vs. Vicente Luque
Round 1: Luque is 7-4-1, black trunks, fighting out of Brasilia, Brazil. Graves is 4-0, red trunks, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida. Yves Lavigne is our ref. Graves gets a takedown to half guard in eight seconds. He lands hard right hands and traps Luque's neck as he stands back up. Graves misses a leg trip attempt but lands a flush elbow instead. Graves ties him up and pushes Luque back to the fence. Lavigne calls for work. Luque tries to turn it around on the cage but eats a spinning back kick when they break. Another takedown by Graves at 2:18. Luque tries to scramble as Graves looks to improve position and gets to the fence. He stands and tries to dangle the handle down so he can't eat a knee. Graves doesn't take the chance. He hits a right hand and resets. Graves with a double at 4:21. 10-9 Graves.
Round 2: Graves with a hard takedown 12 seconds into R2, flipping his way out of a possible submission, then forcing Luque to keep a hand down to avoid the knee when he scrambles. He pulls the hand up and Graves lands an illegal strike. Lavigne warns him he'll take a point if it happened again, but also tells Luque that he was putting the hand up and down so Graves doesn't deserve a deduction this time. Restart. Luque pushes graves into the fence but he comes off and throws a big kick, then single legs Luque to the ground at 1:52. Luque gets back up and gets taken down again at 2:58. Good elbows from half guard on top. Hard rights to the body. Luque grabs a wrist and scoots, but Graves takes the back, then takes a headlock. Lavigne warns Graves that Luque has a hand down so he doesn't make a mistake. Graves finally lands a couple when he pulls the hand up. 10-9 Graves.
Round 3: Graves with a body kick. Luque with a simultaneous left. Graves goes for the takedown. Luque goes for the anaconda choke. Luque is warned for shots to the back of the head. Luque is trying to turn it into a d'arce. Graves is staying patient and not freaking out. Luque throws knees to the shoulder. Graves tries to sit up out but Luque forces him back down. Graves finally sits up and gets on top with 90 seconds left. Luque doesn't let go of the head but he no longer has the position. Graves pops his head free at 3:54. Luque is huffing and puffing from his failed efforts. Luque tries to shake Graves off the legs by elbowing the ribs to no avail. Graves may lose the round but he'll win the war. A late takedown and ground and pound for Graves before the horn.
Final result: Michael Graves takes a unanimous decision 29-28 X3.
170 lbs.: Cezar Ferreira vs. Jorge Masvidal
Round 1: White trunks, 9-4, fighting out of Boca Raton, Florida by way of Sao Paolo, Brazil is Ferreira. Black trunks, 28-9, fighting out of Miami, Florida is Masvidal. Our referee in charge is John McCarthy. Masvidal is coming up to 170 for this fight, Ferreira is coming down. Ferreira gets a takedown at 1:18. Masvidal is back up at 2:02 and swinging away. Masvidal checks a head kick. Ferreira eats a right and a leg kick. He shoots at 3:10 but Masvidal shakes it and they jockey for position on the fence. Break at 3:43. Ferreira shoots again with under a minute left. Masvidal creates space off the fence with an elbow, drops him with a right hand to follow, and Herb Dean waves it off.
Final result: Jorge 'Gamebred' Masvidal via knockout at 4:22 of the first round.
115 lbs.: Angela Magana vs. Michelle Waterson
Round 1: Waterson is 12-4 in the white trunks fighting out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Magana is 11-7 in the black trunks fighting out of San Diego, California. Our referee in charge is Herb Dean. Magana presses Waterson into the fence almost immediately. They struggle for arm control and body position as Waterson nearly takes a knee flush to the chin. She finally gets a takedown to half guard at 1:23. Magana pushes her to full guard and then looks for an armbar. Waterson steps over as Magana tries to torque the arm and Herb Dean takes a close look. Waterson pops free at 3:50 and lands a knee that snaps Magana's head back as she stands. Waterson gets another hip throw and takes full mount. Magana pushes off the fence with her feet but Waterson's going for an armbar of her own. Magana escapes and takes a hammerfist to end the round. 10-9 Waterson.
Round 2: Waterson throws Magana to the ground 20 seconds in and just walks away. Hard right hands by Waterson are coming when she wants them. Big overhand right at 55 seconds. Magana eats a few knees from clinch. Magana catches a kick and trips Waterson to the ground in guard at 90 seconds but Waterson goes for an armbar from her back and once again Dean is taking a close look. Magana escapes but gives up full mount. Magana looks to buck and eats some right hands. Half guard is attained with 90 seconds left but Waterson is still grinding away. Magana looks for a heel hook but Waterson spins out at 4:20 and quickly regains full mount on top. Another 10-9 for Karate Hottie.
Round 3: Waterson lands a high kick and lets Magana stand back up even though she's hurt. Magana's face is bruised up. Another front kick from Waterson. Waterson throws her down at 1:12 and takes the back. She gets the hooks and is trying to flatten Magana back. Dean warns Magana to fight back but she finally taps out at 2:38.
Final result: Michelle Waterson submits Angela Magana at 2:38 of R3 via rear naked choke.
145 lbs.: Maximo Blanco vs. Mike De La Torre
Round 1: Blanco was 2.5 pounds over at weigh in, so Bruce Buffer calls it featherweight but it might as well be catch weight. De La Torre is 13-4, 1 NC in the white trunks and fights out of Glendale, Arizona. Blanco is 11-6-1, 1 NC in the black trunks fighting out of Tokyo, Japan by way of Caracas, Venezuela. Our referee is Yves Lavigne. And this fight is over only 16 seconds in as Blanco gets a quick TKO stoppage! De La Torre is wobbling around even as he argues with the ref. The replay shows Blanco hurt him with a big right but the crowd thinks it was way too soon and keeps booing even as Bruce Buffer reads the decision.
Final result: Maximo Blanco wins via TKO at 0:16 of the first round.
185 lbs.: Caio Magalhaes vs. Josh Samman
Round 1: White trunks, 9-1 for Caio Magalhaes out of Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil. Black trunks, 11-3 for Josh Samman out of Tallahassee, Florida. Our referee is John McCarthy. A lot of bounce to the step of Samman early. He's throwing a lot of leg kicks. Magalhaes and Samman trade hard lefts. A series of body kicks and hooks from Samman. Samman takes Magalgaes down off a leg kick. Two minutes gone. Samman pulls out of a triangle attempt and hops Magalhaes toward the fence. Blood is pouring out of Magalhaes' face. Samman takes the back as Magalhaes stands up and gets Magalhaes to tap out twice before the fight is finally stopped.
Final result: Josh Samman wins via rear naked choke at 2:52 of the first round.
135 lbs.: Russell Doane vs. Jerrod Sanders
Round 1: White trunks, 14-3 for Sanders out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Black trunks, 14-4 for Doane out of Honolulu, Hawaii. Our referee is Herb Dean. Sanders throws a head kick early that's checked. Doane tries to back Sanders up to the fence, Sanders goes for a takedown, Sanders winds up on top in side control then gets the back in the scramble. For Sanders this is all about ground control. riding time. and looking for a submission to open up. Doane gets back up at 2:51. Doane is now the man in control on top against the fence. He takes the back getting in a hook with a minute left. Kenny Florian: "Jerrod Sanders just hanging out here." That says it all.
Round 2: Sanders gets the takedown and has the back but Doane spins on top just after the one minute mark and quickly passes to side control before taking the back himself. Sanders stands up and escapes at 2:15 but he immediately gets lit up by Doane's hands and has to dive for a leg to save himself. Doane goes for a guillotine and Sanders pops out on top at 2:57. Sanders takes the back and is landing some good shots from behind. Sanders is trying to get a submission with 75 seconds remaining. Doane escapes but looks frustrated and tired. All Doane can do is avoid being flattened out or choked, and the horn helps him in that regard.
Round 3: Sanders comes forward with a flurry at 15 seconds but Doane drops him with a counter shot and jumps on top. Sanders is going for a one arm guillotine and passing to side looking to tighten it up. Sanders is warned twice not to grab the fence. Unfortunately Doane runs out of room to rotate due to the fence. Florian is calling for Doane to stand up and strike and that sounds good to me. Sanders gives up his neck trying to stand up but Doane loses position and Sanders is on top with full mount and 2:25 left. Sanders tries to take the back and Doane scrambles to his feet. Doane misses with a jump knee and is taken down. They stand again at 3:18. Sanders lands a left hand and takes the back with 70 seconds to go. Doane can't escape in the time remaining and should lose this decision.
Final result: 29-28, 30-27, 29-28 for Jerrod Sanders by unanimous decision.
185 lbs.: Dan Miller vs. Trevor Smith
Round 1: Smith is 12-6 in the white trunks out of Tukwila, Washington. Miller is 14-7, 1 NC in the black trunks out of Sparta, New Jersey. Our referee is Kim Winslow. This is Miller's first fight back in two years. Both men are throwing down and giving up very little distance. Smith finally clinches up at the minute mark and pushes Miller toward the fence for some dirty boxing. Smith tries to drop levels but Miller defends well so they trade body shots and knees. Smith goes for the leg trip and it's not there. One loud fan yells out "Trevor are you going to kiss him or what?" That's how quiet it is at the MGM Grand right now. They finally break at 2:58. Miller with a combo. Smith with a right hand. Miller throws a leg kick and Smith can't take him down. Smith goes for another takedown and Miller almost gets a guillotine. Smith scrambles and ends up on top against the fence putting right hands on Miller's face. Smith's corner calls out submissions to avoid and he executes, finishing R1 on top.
Round 2: Miller throws a quick combo and finishes with a leg kick. Smith tries to wade in and Miller backs off. Smith bulls Miller into the fence and lands the knee. Miller goes down after another hard knee and Smith's on top of his butterfly guard. Smith's corner calls out body head combos. He's trying to break through the butterfly into full or half but instead spins to almost being in side, with only his right leg trapped. Smith is grinding away with punches and elbows to the ribs. Left elbows to Miller's face. Miller goes for a leg lock and Smith turns away and drops hammerfists. Miller tries and fails again to kick Smith off with a minute left. Smith breaks through the guard and lands a big right, taking a grazing upkick on the way. Solid 10-9 round for Smith.
Round 3: Miller is looking visibly exhausted to start R3 and Smith takes him down a half minute in. Smith is just a meat grinder on top with his hands and elbows. Smith's corner tells him to control his posture, watch Miller's knees, and not let Miller control the wrists. Time and the fight are both eking away for Miller. If it weren't for Miller constantly tying up the arms Smith could have opened up and pounded out a finish. Two hard left elbows to Miller's face with under a minute left. "Hot Sauce" pulls out and then jumps back on top for some final hard blows. The decision should be unanimous for Smith.
Final result: 30-25, 30-25, 30-26 for Trevor Smith by unanimous decision.
170 lbs.: George Sullivan vs. Dominic Waters
Round 1: Waters is in the white trunks, Sullivan the black. Waters is 9-2 out of Santa Rosa, California. Sullivan is 16-4, 1 NC out of Belmar, New Jersey. Our referee is Yves Lavigne. Sullivan lands the first leg kick. Waters lets him circle for a while then backs him off with a right hand. Waters is keeping his hands way low and as soon as Sullivan takes the bait he fires off a flurry. Waters with some nasty left hands. Leg kick from Waters. Waters covers up for Sullivan's strikes then rocks him at 2:05 before throwing him to the mat 8 seconds later. Sullivan is back up at 2:39 throwing knees. Waters eats a knee on the break. Body kick by Sullivan and the following uppercut may have hurt Waters but he gets a takedown to recover. Waters gets up at 3:40 but eats a knee, and another, and another. Kick to the face and a big right hand. Waters tries to take the back but gets taken down instead. Lavigne warns Sullivan to target the elbows carefully. 10-9 round for Sullivan.
Round 2: Video replay shows us Waters got up slow between rounds but gets a takedown 24 seconds into R2. Sullivan is back up 14 seconds later and throwing knees. Waters pulls guard at 1:03. Sullivan is trying to get a kimura. Waters escapes. Three minutes remain. Full mount by Sullivan. Sullivan keeps getting tied up so he slams Waters to the mat and goes for another kimura. Waters escapes and gets back up at 3:05. Waters is breathing hard. He's taken down again at 3:19. Repeated rights to the head from Sullivan. Lavigne warns him about targeting the wrong area. Sullivan goes for an arm again and can't get it. It's another 10-9 round for Sullivan.
Round 3: Between rounds Lavigne threatened to dock Sullivan a point. Waters gets a takedown 18 seconds in and takes the back. He hits a couple of nasty elbows and then gets both hooks in. Waters is fishing to get an arm under the chin but he's pressed so close to the fence he's having trouble maneuvering. Sullivan is trying to spin out or peel Waters off. It's been a stalemate for a couple of minutes now. Sullivan is throwing backward right hands with some accuracy but he's bleeding heavily. He turns on top of Waters with under 90 seconds to go. Waters tries to create distance with his leg but Sullivan presses him back down and stacks Waters up. He should get this decision.
Final result: 29-27, 30-25, 29-28 for Sullivan by unanimous decision.
125 lbs.: Willie Gates vs. Darrell Montague
Round 1: Gates is in the white trunks tonight, Montague the black. Gates has a 72" to 67" reach advantage and a professional record of 11-5, hailing from Fontana, California. Montague has a record of 13-4 and hails from Chino, California. Our referee is Kim Winslow. Gates and Montague trade kicks in the early going. Gates is trying to load up the right hands and connect. Montague throws a spin kick to create more distance. Gates stuns him at 1:15 and Montague stumbles around before falling down. He tries to get a single leg and can't. Winslow waves it off just seconds later after warning Montague to fight back and he doesn't block the shots. They call him "Whoop Ass" and you can see why. In the post-fight interview he begs Dana White for the $50,000 to feed his six kids!
Final result: Willie Gates via TKO at 1:36 of the first round.