The TUF Live Finale takes place tonight from the The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight card takes place at 9pm ET on FX, with the preliminary card airing at approximately 6:25pm ET on the UFC’s Facebook page, and on FUEL TV at 7pm ET.
In the main event, the welterweight division gets some clarity as Jake Ellenberger takes on Martin Kampmann.
The first ever TUF Live winner will be determined as lightweights Mike Chiesa and Al Iaquinta meet inside the octagon.
Exciting prospect Max Hollaway takes on Pat Schilling.
And rounding out the main card, TUF castmembers Justin Lawrence and John Cofer collide.
Results and recap after the jump.
- Martin Kampmann def. Jake Ellenberger via Knockout (Knees) at 1:40 of Round 2
- Mike Chiesa def. Al Iaquinta via Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:47 of Round 1
- Charles Oliveira def. Jonathan Brookins via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:42 of Round 2
- Max Holloway def. Pat Schilling via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Justin Lawrence def. John Cofer via Knockout (Headkick) at 0:19 of Round 3
- Daron Cruickshank def. Chris Tickle via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
- Myles Jury def. Chris Saunders via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 4:03 of Round 1
- Sam Sicilia def. Cristiano Marcello via TKO (Punches) at 2:53 of Round 2
- Joe Proctor def. Jeremy Larsen via TKO (Knee and Punches) at 1:59 of Round 1
- Erik Perez def. John Albert via Verbal Submission (Armbar) at 4:18 of Round 1
Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann: Let it be known that Jake Ellenberger is the most powerful striker in the welterweight division. However, even that can’t stop Martin Kampmann. Following an exciting first round where Kampmann nearly found himself out of the fight after taking some serious leather from “The Juggernaut”, Kampmann persevered in the second round, rocked Ellenberger with a short right hand, pulled him into his dangerous clinch, and put Ellenberger out with knees. The knockout comes at 1:40 of the second round.
Mike Chiesa vs. Al Iaquinta: In another classic striker vs. grappler match, Al Iaquinta used his powerful hands to search for the victory and that coveted UFC contract, but it was not to be. With the wrestling of Chiesa on display, he managed to take his opponent’s back, and worked hard for a rear naked choke. After a few harrowing moments, he sunk it in, and Iaquinta refused to tap, going out cold at 2:47 of the first round. Mike Chiesa is your first ever TUF Live champion.
Jonathan Brookins vs. Charles Oliveira: Charles Oliveira demonstrated why he’s as highly touted as he is, as he dispatched of TUF winner Jonathan Brookins in an exciting affair. While “Do Bronx” had chances to finish with his striking, it would be his solid submission game that would bring him the victory. In the first round Oliveira put his hands all over Brookins, while bruising his legs with solid leg kicks. In the second, he took it to the TUF winner, and used his BJJ to lock on a fight-ending guillotine choke at 2:42 of the second round.
Max Holloway vs. Pat Schilling: This was basically a one-sided beatdown, with Pat Schilling being victimized. With Pat unable to utilize his grappling-based attack, the superior striker, Holloway, put his hands all over Schilling, nearly finishing him with some nasty body shots. The second round was a repeat of the first, as of course, Holloway started to loosen up and find his range, causing his opponent to flop on his back and avoid engaging as much as he could. The third was a repeat. This was a one man show. Max Holloway takes home the unanimous decision with scores of 30-27 across the board.
Justin Lawrence vs. John Cofer: The story of this fight was Lawrence’s refusal to be taken down. While he had the striking advantage, he kept Cofer out of range, and would not be dragged into the wrestling game of Cofer. As the first two rounds came to an end, a visibly gassed Cofer just couldn’t put it together, and it was starting to seem as if Lawrence would cruise to a decision victory. That wasn’t good enough for him though, as the third round started, Lawrence landed a gorgeous right high kick that knocked Cofer silly, giving him the knockout win at 0:19 of the final frame.
Daron Cruickshank vs. Chris Tickle: These two rivals had no qualms about going out there and leaving it all in the cage. The fight started with Cruickshank running and shooting for a takedown, but he found himself caught in a guillotine that nearly did the trick. He escaped and laid down some ground and pound, but he was hit with an illegal upkick that costed Tickle a one point deduction. The second round was very similar to the first, with the most significant exchange seeing Cruickshank landing a headkick that didn’t phase Tickle, who called him on, and as Cruickshank obliged, he was dropped with a slick right hand out of nowhere. In the third, it would be Cruickshank who took control, getting Tickle to the mat and blasting him with punches and elbows, albeit, ones that lacked force due to his fatigue. It was a close fight, but in the end, the judges gave it to 29-27 for Cruickshank, giving him the unanimous decision.
Myles Jury vs. Chris Saunders: One of the most highly touted fighters of the season, Myles Jury, demonstrated why he was an early favorite in the competition. After a few tense moments, where the TUF competitors exchanged strikes. After a brief stoppage due to an eye poke, the two continued to stand and bang. The end would come when Saunders shot in for a takedown, found himself caught in a guillotine, and forced to tap at 4:03 of the first round.
Cristiano Marcello vs. Sam Sicilia: Although Marcello tucked his chin a little more and kept his hands up a lot more, he made a big mistake, and that was standing with Sicilia. Although the first round featured some even exchanges on the feet, Marcello couldn’t get the fight to his comfort zone. In the second, Marcello let loose, but perhaps too loose. While pushing forward, he ate a violent left hook that hurt him, and Sicilia followed up with a flurry of strikes to score the TKO victory at 2:53 of Round 2.
Jeremy Larsen vs. Joe Proctor: It wouldn’t be long before the first TUF castmember would make a statement as to why they belong in the octagon. After getting off to a quick start, both Joe Proctor and Jeremy Larsen were throwing strikes from all angles looking for that big shot, but it would be Proctor who would watch a rushing Larsen in a thai clinch and deliver a fight-altering knee that dropped his foe. Following up with huge hammerfists prompted the TKO stoppage at 1:59 of the first frame.
John Albert vs. Erik Perez: Bad refereeing stops a great fight. Following an excellent striking display between the two, it seemed as if Perez was starting to get loose and get the better of his opponent. Albert opted to drag his opponent to the mat, and work for submissions, but he found himself reversed, and caught in an armbar. Suddenly, Kim Winslow stopped the fight claiming a verbal tap, which she justified by saying it was caught on the mic. It wasn’t, this woman needs to consider another career. The phantom tap comes at 4:18 of round one.