The TUF 10 Finale took place earlier this evening at The Pearl at The Palms Casino & Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the night’s main event, Roy Nelson and Brendan Schaub squared off to become this season’ “Ultimate Fighter.”
Jon Jones took on Matt Hamill in a light heavyweight contest.
Kimbo Slice made his UFC debut against hard-hitting Houston Alexander.
Frankie Edgar took on Matt Veach in a lightweight match-up.
Marcus Jones and Matt Mitrione met in the cage to settle their grudge.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Roy Nelson defeats Brendan Schaub via Knockout in Round One
- Matt Hamill defeats Jon Jones via DQ (Illegal elbow strikes) in Round One
- Kimbo Slice defeats Houston Alexander via Unanimous Decision
- Frankie Edgar defeats Matt Veach via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round Two
- Matt Mitrione defeats Marcus Jones via Knockout in Round Two
- James McSweeney defeats Darrill Schoonover via TKO (Strikes) in Round Three
- Jon Madsen defeats Justin Wren via Split Decision
- John Howard defeats Dennis Hallman via Knockout in Round Three
- Brian Stann defeats Rodney Wallace via Unanimous Decision
- Mark Bocek defeats Joe Brammer via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round One
Marcus Jones vs. Matt Mitrione: Whew, Marcus Jones’ stand-up needs a lot of work. Matt Mitrione’s striking isn’t anything to write home about, but it was good enough to take out Jones as he lunged forward to clinch and take Mitrione down. Both guys probably need at least a year or two on the regional level to improve their games before they’ll be ready to take on any of the UFC’s heavyweights.
Frankie Edgar vs. Matt Veach: The bigger, stronger Matt Veach came out strong clearly intending to outwrestle Frankie Edgar. He managed to power slam him twice, but it didn’t phase Edgar. Veach couldn’t keep him down and started to slow down. Edgar took over with his boxing and landed a stunning hook in the second that sent Veach to the mat. Edgar immediately pounced raining down strikes and eventually sunk in the rear-naked choke. Frankie Edgar has the killer instinct.
Kimbo Slice vs. Houston Alexander: “Kimbo Slice in the mount!!!” What did we just watch? Wow, I don’t even know what to say. Definitely not what anyone expected. Houston Alexander spent the entire first round circling Kimbo. Not sure what he was doing, but he gave Kimbo a lot more respect than I expected. Then Kimbo comes out in the second and dominates Houston. He took him down, got mount. Then he power slams Houston, rains down some bombs. He showed a ton of improvement in his ground game which has been pretty much nonexistent up until this point. It was crazy. Both fighter were gassed in the third, but Kimbo managed to get a single leg takedown. The craziest part: Kimbo wins a decision.
I don’t know about you, but I was very impressed with Kimbo Slice. He’s improving and developing into a legitimate fighter. I’d really like to see him make his way down to 205 because I think he’ll have a lot more success there fighting guys he can get a small size advantage on, but we’ll have to wait and see if that’s something he’s willing to do. Regardless, the UFC will undoubtedly bring Kimbo Slice back. He brings in viewers and tonight he gave everyone a reason to watch…at least for a minute or two.
Jon Jones vs. Matt Hamill: Holy crap, you do not want Jon Jones on top of you. Jones executed a beautiful trip throw against Hamill that resulted in him getting mount. From there, he proceeded to unleash the most violent barrage of punches and elbow strikes that I’ve seen in a long time. It busted Hamill’s nose wide open. The weird part was how it ended. Jones dropped a few illegal 12-6 elbow strikes. Mazagatti halted the action and intended to only take a point away but Hamill didn’t move. Since Hamill is deaf, I’m not sure if Hamill thought Mazagatti was stopping the fight or was just too banged up to continue, but he didn’t get up. The fight was called. Everyone was expecting Buffer to announce Jones as the winner, but the officials decided to disqualify Jones instead. Jones may have lost technically but he dominated Hamill. This loss shouldn’t slow down his rise through the ranks.
Roy Nelson vs. Brendan Schaub: Wow, early on it looked like the only way Roy Nelson was going beat Brendan Schaub was on the ground. Schaub was landing some solid combinations until Nelson managed to get him on the ground. Schaub escaped and that’s when Nelson turned it up on the feet. He drilled Schaub with a huge overhand right that landed in the same spot behind the ear where Brock Lesnar dropped Randy Couture. No surprises, Roy Nelson is season ten’s “Ultimate Fighter.”
Submission of the Night: Mark Bocek
Knockout of the Night: Roy Nelson
Fight of the Night: Frankie Edgar & Matt Veach
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Live Gate & Attendance
Live Gate: $504,350
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