Welcome to Fightline.com’s live, round-by-round coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale. Tonight’s fight card comes to us live from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV.
Now, on to the action! We’ll have quick match results available for you after each preliminary fight followed by live round-by round coverage of all main card bouts. Remember to keep refreshing this page for the most up to date results.
– Jason Dent defeated Cameron Dollar via submission (anaconda choke) at 4:56 of Round 1.
– Nick Osiczak defeated Frank Lester via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:40 of Round 1.
– Tomasz Drwal defeated Mike Ciesnolevicz via TKO (strikes) at 4:48 of Round 1.
– Brad Blackburn defeated Edgar Garcia via split decision (scores of 29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
– Melvin Guillard defeated Gleison Tibau via split decision (scores not announced due to time)
Joe Stevenson vs. Nate Diaz
Round 1: Diaz refused to touch gloves to start the round. Stevenson charged at Diaz and took him down, but Diaz got in a guillotine. Stevenson was able to power out. Stevenson controlled Diaz’s arm and was able to land some punches. Stevenson tied Diaz up towards the cage, but Diaz was able to get on top and fell into a guillotine from Stevenson. Diaz almost looked like he was out, but was finally able to squirm out of it. Stevenson dropped some knees to Diaz against the cage as the round came to a close. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Stevenson.
Round 2: Diaz touched gloves this time around. Stevenson went for a takedown and Diaz tried to lock in a guillotine again and mounted Stevenson. Stevenson was able to get on top in Diaz’s half guard. Diaz was finally able to get to his feet, but Stevenson took him down again and got on top. Diaz was able to get to his feet once again as the round came to a close. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Stevenson.
Round 3: Diaz didn’t touch gloves again. Diaz got a big takedown to start the round and got in Stevenson’s full guard. Diaz went for another guillotine, but Stevenson was able to slip out. Stevenson pressed Diaz against the cage and landed some hard knees to Diaz’s thigh. Diaz said “Come on Joe, get to work, bitch!” Diaz was finally able to shrug Stevenson off and they were back on their feet. Diaz landed some punches as the round came to an end. They embraced at the end of the fight. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Diaz.
Winner via unanimous decision (scores of 29-28): Joe Stevenson
Stevenson gave props to Nate Diaz after the fight and said having Greg Jackson in his corner was like having Chuck Norris in his corner.
TUF 9 Lightweight Finals
Ross Pearson vs. Andre Winner
Round 1: Both fighters landed some inside leg kicks and punches standing. Winner pressed Pearson up against the cage and landed some knees to Pearson’s thigh. Winner accidentally nailed Pearson with a low blow, causing a break in the action. When the fight resumed, both guys came out swinging, using their dirty boxing. Pearson pressed winner against the cage. Winner turned it around, and landed some big shots to end the round. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Winner.
Round 2: Pearson started off aggressive, landing some hard shots and an inside leg kick. Pearson pressed Winner against the cage, but Winner turned it around, only for Pearson turning it around again. Winner kept Pearson pressed against the cage for most of the rest of the round. Finally with over a minute left, they got back to the middle of the cage and exchanged, with Pearson landing some nice shots. Pearson went for a takedown, but Winner stuffed it. Pearson pressed Winner against the cage, landed an elbow and some knees. Winner reversed it and landed a quick flurry as the round came to a close. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Pearson.
Round 3: Winner started with some good strikes before being pressed against the cage again. Back in the center of the cage, Pearson and Winner traded blows, and Winner pressed Pearson against the cage. Pearson finally got a takedown, but Winner quickly got back up. Pearson landed a big knee and elbow that hurt Winner to end the round. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Pearson.
Winner via unanimous decision (scores of 29-28): Ross Pearson
Pearson wished his mom a happy 50th birthday and said that even though Winner was his teammate, it didn’t affect the way he approached the fight.
Chris Lytle vs. Kevin Burns
Round 1: Lytle came out swinging. Burns hit some big shots of his own, and slipped after one, but got quickly up to his feet. Burns accidentally landed a low blow late in the round, which caused a break in the action. Lytle quickly recovered and they stayed standing. Burns dropped Lytle with a minute left with a big right hook and landed several shots, but Lytle recovered and Burns pressed Lytle against the cage. Burns starting teeing off on Lytle as the round came to a close. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Burns.
Round 2: Lytle rocked Burns early and hurt Burns. Lytle was able to take Burns down, but Burns was able to get back to his feet. Lytle stayed aggressive, picking Burns apart before being hit with a low blow again, causing a break in the fight. The fight continued and Burns accidentally low blowed Lytle again near the end of the round, but he didn’t get a point taken away. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Lytle.
Round 3: Burns went for a kick early, but Lytle caught it and nailed a big right. Burns got a bad cut on the side of his left eye. Lytle continued to pepper Burns with strikes. Lytle rocked Burns with rights, but Burns stayed in there. They were swinging as the round came to a close. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Lytle.
Winner via unanimous decision (scores of 29-28): Chris Lytle
Joe Rogan interviewed Brock Lesnar via satellite. Lesnar said he’s trying to keep humble as champion and what’s important to him is winning. Lesnar won the Spike TV’s Guy’s Choice Award (which airs tomorrow) for “The Most Dangerous Man” award and he accepted the award there since he couldn’t make the show.
TUF 9 Welterweight Finals
DeMarques Johnson vs. James Wilks
Round 1: Wilks connected with a good combination to start, and landed a good knee. Wilks continued to dominate Johnson with more knees and went for a heel hook. Johnson was able to get on top and land some big shots. Wilks then got a leg compression lock. A loud “USA” chant started. Wilks then secured a triangle, but Johnson managed to get out. Wilks held on to Johnson’s back and landed knees to the back and then secured a rear-naked choke with only nine seconds left in the round. So you have to UK guys winning this season. Who woulda thunk it?
Winner via submission at 4:51 of Round 1: James Wilks
After the fight, Wilks said it was the best moment of his life. He then plugged his gym, Lightning MMA, in Orange County.
Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida
Both guys were smack talking before the fight even started, with Guida telling Sanchez that “this is my house”, and Sanchez drawing a line in the middle of the cage and telling Guida to “bring it”!
Round 1: Despite the smack talk, they touched gloves to start the fight. They started out swinging, with Sanchez getting the better of it. Sanchez rocked Guida with strikes and knees. Sanchez continued to dominate Guida with strikes, until Guida was able to take Sanchez down. Guida landed elbows from the top, wearing Sanchez out. Sanchez was able to shake Guida off and they were back to their feet. Sanchez nailed a big head kick which knocked Guida down, it almost looked like Guida was out. Guida got back to his feet, and Sanchez teed off on him with strikes and knees. Guida got a break, pressing Sanchez against the cage, but Sanchez was able to turn around. Sanchez then got a takedown. They got back to their feet and started swinging as the round came to a close. Great first round, Sanchez looked great and Guida showed a lot of heart. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Sanchez.
Round 2: Sanchez landed a couple of punches early, but Guida was able to take him down. Sanchez landed elbows from the bottom, while Guida tried to smother him. A loud “Guida” chant broke out. Sanchez kept nailing Guida with big elbows from the bottom. The round ended with Guida on top. Tough round to call, Sanchez probably did more damage, but Guida controlled the round. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Guida.
Round 3: Sanchez grazed Guida with a head kick early. Both fighters traded big shots. Sanchez stuffed a takedown from Guida and got his back and got an arm triangle, but he lost it and Guida got on top. Guida tried to land some big shots as the round came to a close. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Sanchez.
Winner via split decision (scores of 29-28 Guida,29-27 Sanchez,29-28 Sanchez): Diego Sanchez
After the fight, Diego asked the fans if they were entertained. He complimented Guida’s chin, and said that Guida was a machine. He noted that the weight cut got to him a little.
Guida said after the fight that he can’t be hurt and gave props to Diego Sanchez.