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The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale: Mike Rio Vs. John Cofer

The lightweights are up next with Mike Rio (8-1) vs. John Cofer (7-2).

Round 1: Rio using the cage as he looks for leverage against Cofer. Back at the center and a kick to the leg by Rio. Cofer with big two shots and Rio is hurt. He charges in and Cofer has him against the cage. In the center again and Cofer misses a high spinning leg kick. Cofer puts him on the ground and hits two big left hands. Rio flips him and is on top now. Rio has full guard and nice elbow by Rio from his back. Rio looks for the leg from his back as the round ends.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cofer

Round 2: They’re trading punches and Rio with a big slam into side control. Cofer looking for a submission and stands instead. Rio remains on the ground until the referee stands him up. Some punches and knee by Rio to the head of Cofer. Rio hits a left and takes him to the ground with a full mount. Rio has the back of Cofer as he stands. Still has the back, but can’t get the submission locked in. They’re on the ground as the round ends.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cofer

Round 3: They trade blows at the start of the round. Rio takes him to the ground and is on top. Cofer has the wrist and is looking for the triangle choke. Rio gets out of it. They’re still on the ground and Cofer is looking or the leg, but can’t get it. Rio has side control and hits some elbows to the body. Rio has the arm and is looking for the submission with two minutes to go. Cofer is out, but Rio is not letting him stand. Rio goes for the armbar again and has it this time. It’s all over.

Mike Rio defeated John Cofer via submission (armbar) at 4:11 of round 3