Saturday December 12, 2015– For the 2nd night in a row the UFC is live from The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan is Las Vegas Nevada, and while the ladies were the headliners last night tonight it was about two top featherweights fighting for the next shot at the title, and the birth of a new star. Chad Mendes and Frankie Edgar made a lot of MMA fans dreams come true as they collided in the main event, and with a lot of talk that the winner could be next for a title shot Money Mendes and The Answer Edgar tore down the house but only one could be named the victor. The Ultimate fighter finale featured the two finalist from season twenty-two, Artem Lobov and Ryan Hall. Hall who was eliminated early in the finals tournament stepped in to replace Saul Rogers, who originally earned his shot into the finals but do to a visa issue the UFC was forced to make a replacement. Lobov had 3 KO finishes on his way to the finale, Hall a Jujitsu specialist was ready for another shot at glory and would do whatever it took to get the job done. A stacked card and 2 main events kicked off with the prelims.
LET’S GET THINGS STARTED!!!!!!!
In the 1st prelim we start in the lightweight division, as two of the competitors from season 22 of the Ultimate Fighter competed. Chris Gruetzemacher (12-1) took on Abner Lloveras (19-7), after three rounds the winner by unanimous decision Chris Gruetzemacher. Next up in the flyweight division Joby Sanchez (7-1) took on Geane Herrera (8-1), in the 2nd round a huge left hook knocks down Sanchez and that’s it, Herrera gets the TKO victory. Next up in the welterweight division Ryan LaFlare (11-1) took on Mike Pierce (17-6), and after three rounds the winner by unanimous decision Ryan LaFlare. Next up the big heavyweight take center stage as Gabriel Gonzaga (16-10) took on The Russian Bear Konstantin Erokhin (9-2), after three rounds of high sction fighting Gonzaga gets the unanimous decision victory. As the main card kicks off we go to the lightweight division, two more of the season 22 Ultimate Fighter competitors kicked it off as Julian Erosa (14-2) took on Marcin Wrzosek (10-2), the winner by split decision Julian Erosa. Next up in the featherweight division Tatsuya Kawajiri (34-8-2) took on Jason Knight (16-1), and after three rounds the winner by unanimous decision Tatsuya Kawajiri. Next up in the lightweight division Joe Lauzon (24-11) took on Evan Dunham (15-6), after three rounds the winner by unanimous decision Evan Dunham. Next up we stay in the lightweight division as Edson Barboza (16-3) took on Tony Ferguson (20-3), in the 2nd round a submission finish for Tony Ferguson, by far the best fight of the night thus far nonstop action.
Co Main Event Season 22 Ultimate Fighter Finale Lightweight Division
Artem Lobov (12-10-1) Vs Ryan Hall (4-1)
The finale for season 22 was set up with controversy, but with Ryan Hall stepping in the fight was set up to be a barn burner. Artem Lobov had 3 KO victory’s in the tournament just blowing through the contenders on his way to the finale. Hall who was not only eliminated early on In the tournament, was training with Lobovs camp and actually was going to join them full-time, but when the chance came he got his 2nd chance at glory and he didn’t think twice. The 1st round started off with hall rolling looking for a heel hook after that Hall proceeds to take Lobov back. The rear naked choke gets locked in but Artem manages to break out. Hall worked off his back by taking control of Lobov with the body lock for the entire 1st round an easy 10-8 round for Hall. The 2nd round starts off with a missed roll attempt by hall, Artem gets Hall to the mat right into full guard. A couple more missed rolls by Hall and they get back to stand up. Again Artem take hall to the mat right into full guard. Some more work on the ground from Hall and the 2nd round comes to an end. Artem not really getting an opportunity to use some offense as he has been in defense through two rounds. Hall is in the driver seat to win this fight. The 3rd round starts off with another roll that take Lobov back to the mat. It just too much more defense for Artem then offense, Hall jumps and takes Artems back while standing. Hall did what he did through all three rounds and that’s put Lobov in defense mode and not let Artem get any offense. After three rounds the winner by unanimous decision and the Season 22 Ultimate Fighter winner Ryan Hall. Hall took his second chance and ran with it congratulations.
Main Event Featherweight Division
#2 Frankie Edgar (18-4-1) Vs #3 Chad Mendes (17-3)
The main event had more than just a win on the line, but a potential title shot on the line as well. Two men with huge chips on their shoulders, Mendes just had his shot at the title and lost. Chad needs this win not just to be back in line for a title shot but to get back on the winning track. Edgar who is coming off a big win in his last fight feels that he should have been the one to face Connor instead of Chad back at UFC189. Two Men one huge fight, a fight that all the MMA world have been itching to see. The 1st round begins with both fighters exchanging punches, some deadly leg kicks by Mendes early on. An opening appears and Edgar lays one on Mendes. A straight Left hook on the nose lays out Money Mendes and that’s it. Frankie Edgar stays on top of his game and finish Mendes in the 1st round. 5 straight wins for the boy from JERSEY!!!!!!
For the 2nd night in a row the UFC put on another hell of a show. All through the night fights were earned not given. A new Ultimate Fighter was crowned, congrats to Ryan Hall. In the Main Event Frankie Edgar showed that he is the one who deserves to be next for the winner of UFC194.
The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale: Edgar vs. Mendes official results:
- Frankie Edgar def. Chad Mendes
knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:28
- Ryan Hall def. Artem Lobov
“TUF 22” lightweight tournament final
unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
- Tony Ferguson def. Edson Barboza
submission (d’arce choke) – Round 2, 2:54
- Evan Dunham def. Joe Lauzon
unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
- Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Jason Knight
unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Julian Erosa def. Marcin Wrzosek
split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Gabriel Gonzaga def. Konstantin Erokhin
unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-28)
- Ryan LaFlare def. Mike Pierce
unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Geane Herrera def. Joby Sanchez
TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:28
- Chris Gruetzemacher def. Abner Lloveras
unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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