The Ultimate Fighter Season Seven Finale took place this evening at The Palms in Las Vegas.
Kendall Grove took on former UFC Middleweight Champion Evan Tanner in a match that will likely put the loser on the outside of the UFC looking in.
TUF Finalists, Amir Sadollah and C.B. Dollaway, battled it out to determine who was this season’s “Ultimate Fighter.”
Diego Sanchez looked to regain his old form against the tough Luigi Fioravanti.
Spencer Fisher and Jeremy Stephens fought to finish what was almost started at the weigh-ins.
Season seven TUF contestants, Matthew Riddle and Dante Rivera, also met in the cage to determine who would move on to compete in the UFC’s middleweight division.
Results and wrap-up after the jump.
- Kendall Grove defeats Evan Tanner via Split Decision
- Amir Sadollah defeats C.B. Dollaway via Submission (Armbar) in Round One
- Diego Sanchez defeats Luigi Fioravanti via TKO (Strikes) in Round Three
- Spencer Fisher defeats Jeremy Stephens via Unanimous Decision
- Matthew Riddle defeats Dante Rivera via Unanimous Decision
- Dustin Hazlett defeats Josh Burkman via Submission (Armbar) in Round Two
- Drew McFedries defeats Marvin Eastman via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Matt Brown defeats Matt Arroyo via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Dean Lister defeats Jeremy Horn via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
- Tim Credeur vs. Cale Yarbrough (Fight Canceled)
- Rob Kimmons defeats Rob Yundt via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
Thoughts & Recap
Another finale for another season of The Ultimate Fighter, this time with more UFC fighters than TUF contestants. Good night of fights with some solid action.
Matthew Riddle looked strong in his fight with Rivera. Despite being the underdog, I thought Riddle would pull this one out. He showed promise on the show, and because of it, he’s had the opportunity to train in a real camp, and it showed. Riddle controlled the action for most of the fight and picked up the relatively easy decision. Riddle did not, however, present Rivera with the retirement plaque he brought to the weigh-ins. Smart move.
I thought Jeremy Stephens would put Fisher on the ground and beat him up. For the most part, that happened, except Fisher was the one delivering the beating from the top. Stephens had his moments in the fight including a last second guillotine that almost stopped the fight as the final seconds ticked down in the third. In the end though, Fisher was just too tough in the first two rounds, taking the unanimous decision with all judges scoring the fight 29-28.
How about Diego Sanchez? Who would have guessed Sanchez would outstrike Fioravanti and end the fight the way he did? Sanchez couldn’t get him to the ground, but it didn’t matter. You have to give some credit to Fioravanti though. That dude took some solid shots and recovered from all of them except the vicious head kick and knee that put him down for good. Fioravanti’s one tough fighter.
This kid Amir Sadollah keeps pulling rabbits out of his hat. He caught C.B. in another armbar. Dollaway swore he didn’t tap, but it sure looked like he tapped once. Whether or not that’s what he intended, it looked like a tap and was a justifiable stoppage. I give a lot of credit to Amir. He was never one I thought could win the whole thing and here he is, season seven’s “Ultimate Fighter.” Dollaway can complain all he wants, but he should have never been there to begin with. He lost to Amir the first time, and if he would have won tonight I’m not sure how he could be considered the “Ultimate Fighter” after going 1-1 against Amir. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case and we have a definite and highly deserving winner. Congrats Amir.
If this is Evan Tanner’s last appearance inside the Octagon, he should look back on it with his head held high. He left it all inside the cage and that’s all you can ask for. Tanner does have a fan following, so if he wants to continue fighting, he might be good pickup for a promotion like EliteXC that desperately needs to add some depth to their roster.
In case you were wondering why the Tim Credeur vs. Cale Yarbrough fight was canceled, Credeur tested positive for the banned substance, Adderall, in his pre-fight drug test. Credeur informed the NSAC prior to the weigh-ins that he had stopped taking the medication, which is used to treat ADD, five days prior to the weigh-ins. Since he informed them beforehand, he will not face any disciplinary action.
Submission of the Night: Dustin Hazelett
Knockout of the Night: Drew McFedries
Fight of the Night: Dustin Hazelett & Josh Burkman