The TUF 9 Finale took place earlier this evening at The Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the night’s main event, Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida met in a high-paced lightweight match-up.
DaMarques Johnson and James Wilks battled it out to win the contract in the welterweight division.
Kevin Burns squared off against Chris Lytle.
Andre Winner and Ross Pearson fought for the TUF contract in the lightweight division.
Joe Stevenson looked to pick himself up a win against the always tough Nate Diaz.
Results and wrap-up after the jump.
- Diego Sanchez defeats Clay Guida via Split Decision
- James Wilks defeats DaMarques Johnson via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round One
- Chris Lytle defeats Kevin Burns via Unanimous Decision
- Ross Pearson defeats Andre Winner via Unanimous Decision
- Joe Stevenson defeats Nate Diaz via Unanimous Decision
- Melvin Guillard defeats Gleison Tibau via Split Decision
- Brad Blackburn defeats Edgar Garcia via Split Decision
- Tomasz Drwal defeats Mike Ciesnolevicz via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Nick Osipczak defeats Frank Lester via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in Round One
- Jason Dent defeats Cameron Dollar via Submission (Anaconda Choke) in Round One
Nate Diaz vs. Joe Stevenson: A lot of battling for position in this fight. Both fighters seemed to get close to finishing the other with submissions, but neither could get the other to tap. Stevenson clearly won it though controlling Diaz for much of the fight. Not the most exciting fight, but a solid and much needed win for Joe Stevenson.
Ross Pearson vs. Andre Winner: Ross Pearson is season nine’s Ultimate Fighter lightweight winner.
Kevin Burns vs. Chris Lytle: If it’s not a bloody war, it just isn’t a Chris Lytle fight. It was a slugfest. Burns took the first round rocking Lytle at the end, but it was all Lytle for the next two rounds. Both had their moments. Lytle just had more.
DaMarques Johnson vs. James Wilks: James Wilks went for about every submission we typically see in a MMA fight against DaMarques Johnson and finished the last one, a rear-naked choke, to become season nine’s Ultimate Fighter welterweight winner.
Clay Guida vs. Diego Sanchez: Holy crap. That was an awesome fight, especially the first round. The moment the fight started these two just started swinging as hard and fast as they could. Diego got the best of it nearly finishing Guida off, but Clay survived and fought back. Then a minute or two later Diego landed a huge left head kick flush on Guida’s chin. No idea how, but Guida stayed conscious and made it through the round. Guida came back in the second taking Diego down and holding him on the bottom. Diego stayed busy though and started attacking Clay’s noggin with his elbows cutting him open turning his hair into a bloody mop, which by the way, had to be bad news for everyone sitting ringside. No one wants to get sprayed with blood every time Guida flips his head around. Back to the fight, the third was more even. Diego was a little more active, but Guida was able to get on top once again. I thought it was a really close fight and was expecting them to give it to Guida, but two of the judges thought otherwise. Wouldn’t mind seeing a rematch, but Diego may be moving on to bigger things with a possible title shot. We’ll see.
Submission of the Night: Jason Dent
Knockout of the Night: Tomasz Drwal
Fight of the Night: Diego Sanchez & Clay Guida, Chris Lytle & Kevin Burns, Joe Stevenson & Nate Diaz
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Live Gate: $500,000
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