The TUF 11 Finale took place earlier this evening at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the main event, Court McGee and Kris McCray met in the final bout of the TUF 11 tournament.
In the co-main event, Keith Jardine looked to get back on the winning track against Matt Hamill.
Chris Leben and Aaron Simpson met in a middleweight bout.
Spencer Fisher took on Dennis Siver in a lightweight match-up.
TUF 11 castmates Jamie Yager and Rich Attonito squared off in a middleweight bout.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Court McGee defeats Kris McCray via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round Two
- Matt Hamill defeats Keith Jardine via Majority Decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)
- Chris Leben defeats Aaron Simpson via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Dennis Siver defeats Spencer Fisher via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Rich Attonito defeats Jamie Yager via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- John Gunderson defeats Mark Holst via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Travis Browne defeats James McSweeney via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Brad Tavares defeats Seth Baczynski via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Kyle Noke defeats Josh Bryant via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Chris Camozzi defeats James Hammortree via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Recap & Thoughts
Rich Attonito vs. Jamie Yager: Jamie Yager started the fight strong, stuffing Rich Attonito’s takedown attempts and using his reach advantage to outstrike Attonito on the feet. Then Yager started to fade. Attonito took advantage, landing some hard shots on the feet before eventually getting Yager to the ground, taking his back and raining down shots until the ref stopped it.
Spencer Fisher vs. Dennis Siver: Spencer Fisher and Dennis Siver fought a close kickboxing match for 15 minutes. Besides a nasty that opened up over Siver’s left eye from an accidental headbutt in the first round, neither fighter landed any definitive, damaging blows. It was a tough one to call, but all three judges thought Dennis Siver did enough to earn the decision. If you ask me, Fisher won the first, Siver won the second and the third was a toss-up. Hard to call it a win or loss for either. Maybe the stats will say something different.
Chris Leben vs. Aaron Simpson: Kenny Florian put it perfectly, Chris Leben turned this fight into a brawl. Early on, it looks like Aaron Simpson would control this fight with his wrestling, but Leben had other ideas. When he was taken down he was able to get back to his feet and stay there forcing Simpson to play his game. Eventually Simpson tired out and Leben landed enough big blows to convince Josh Rosenthal to call it.
Keith Jardine vs. Matt Hamill: Heck of a three round war between Keith Jardine and Matt Hamill. The first round was fairly tame as Jardine edged out Hamill on the feet. The action picked up in the second though when Hamill decided to make a war out of it. Not wanting to let Jardine pick him apart from range, Hamill closed the distance and punished Jardine with dirty boxing. Hamill took an inadvertent thumb to the eye for his trouble (Jardine was deducted a point), but it was effective and left Jardine a bloody mess by the end of the round. Starting to run low on gas, both men slowed down a little in the third, but still went after it till the bell rang. After the point deduction, it was Hamill’s fight to lose, but he didn’t even need it. Instead of a split decision, Hamill earns the majority decision for the win. That’s four losses in a row for Keith Jardine. I say they give him one more chance before they cut him.
Court McGee vs. Kris McCray: Court McGee didn’t have too much trouble taking care of Kris McCray in the TUF 11 finals. McGee used his wrestling to control McCray in the clinch and the ground for most of the fight. After wearing McCray down, McGee was able to sink in the rear-naked choke for the win late in the second round. Court McGee is season 11’s “Ultimate Fighter”.
Submission of the Night: Court McGee
Knockout of the Night: Chris Leben
Fight of the Night: Matt Hamill & Keith Jardine
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $430,250
Bonus and gate info via MMA Junkie