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TUF 13 Finale: Jeremy Stephens Vs. Danny Downes

The following is from our live coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale. To access our full coverage, click here.

Downes walks out to “The Pogues'” version of “Danny Boy,” a very good choice.

Round 1: Downes lands first with a leg kick, Stephens returns fire and goes for the takedown. Downes avoids. Stephens with a leg kick. They clinch again and trade knees. Stephens lands a few punches with serious heat on them. Stephens slightly getting the better of things on the feet, before he presses Downes into the fence. He can’t get the takedown though and they break. Downes lands a nice inside leg kick. Stephens grabs the clinch and lands a pair of nice knees. Stephens is landing hard punches, but Downes is hanging tough. Downes presses forward with a combo, punctuated by a body kick. Again.

FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Stephens

Round 2: Stephens lands a leg kick and left hand. Downes presses Stephens into the face and lands an elbow, then Stephens drops for and completes the takedown. Downes goes for the guillotine, but Stephens avoids and goes to work from the top. Downes tries with the up-kicks, but Stephens avoids and lands in side control. Stephens going for the kimura, it’s really deep, but Downes gets out of it. Stephens goes for it again, and Downes avoids again, though he eats a pair of serious elbows. Another elbow lands for Stephens before Downes gets to his feet. He slips on a kick attempt. Downes hits low with a leg kick and Stephens takes a moment to recover. Stephens lands a hard body kick. Stephens with an uppercut-right hand combo that lands square. Good right hand by Downes. Stephens gets another takedown. Downes gets to his feet but eats a knee to the face for it.

FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Stephens

Round 3: Stephens goes to work right away, hammering Downes with a three-punch combination. Stephens gets the takedown, but Downes gets back to his feet quickly. He pins Stephens into the fence, but Stephens turns him. Downes is bleeding heavily over his left eye. Stephens picks Downes up and runs across the cage with him before slamming him to the mat. Stephens lands a good knee to the head while he gets to his feet. Stephens scores with a few hard punches before taking Downes to the mat again. Another knee lands for Stephens as Downes gets to his feet. They take to the center of the cage, but Stephens puts Downes on his back again. Stephens gets the mount as the round closes, pounding away. He takes Downes’ back and chokes him until the bell, but Downes hangs tough.

FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Stephens

Jeremy Stephens defeated Danny Downes via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)

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