We will be going live at 7:00 PM ET with live results of “The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K. Finale”, which takes place at the Pearl at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. The show’s main card will be televised live in North America starting at 9 PM ET on Spike TV.
The event will be headlined by an anticipated lightweight matchup between Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida. Past “Ultimate Fighter” winners Joe Stevenson and Nate Diaz will also clash on the main card.
Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments throughout the afternoon and evening. Detailed live results are after the jump.
Jason Dent def. Cameron Dollar - Submission (Anaconda Choke), R1
Nick Osipczak def. Frank Lester - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), R1
Tomasz Drwal def. Mike Ciesnolevicz - TKO (Strikes), R1
Brad Blackburn def. Edgar Garcia - Split Decision
Melvin Guillard def. Gleison Tibau - Split Decision
Round 1: Stevenson extends his hand to touch gloves and Diaz has none of it. Diaz moves forward with a flurry and Stevenson rushes in with a takedown. Diaz locks in a modified front choke and it looks tight, but Stevenson is able to escape. Stevenson postures up and throws some wild punches towards a grounded Diaz before moving to side control. Diaz rolls and gives up his back. Stevenson controls Diaz in a half-crucifix position. Diaz tries to stand up but Stevenson rolls him onto his back in an awkward position against the cage. Diaz however is able to reverse position and puts Stevenson on his back. Stevenson then locks in one of his patented guillotine chokes. Diaz nearly passes out from the pressure but rolls to his back and gets out of the hold. They scramble and stand. Stevenson rolls Diaz back onto the canvas. They scramble and stand once again. Stevenson clinches Diaz up against the cage and delivers a series of knees until the round ends. MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 Stevenson.
Round 2: Diaz stalks and taunts Stevenson to begin the round. Diaz throws a big right hand but Stevenson counters at the same time with a takedown. Diaz tries for a guillotine but Stevenson escapes. Diaz rolls for an anaconda choke but Stevenson scrambles and stands up. Stevenson throws another knee to Diaz’s face, prompting Diaz to go down to a knee and only allowing Stevenson to knee the body. Stevenson rolls and swiftly takes Diaz down once again. The throw looks to be a new part of Stevenson’s arsenal. Stevenson postures up and lands a hard left. Diaz tries for a triangle but Stevenson breaks the hold by standing up straight. Stevenson muscles Diaz to the ground and takes his back. They stand and grapple against the fence. Stevenson works for a takedown and eventually lands awkwardly on top of Diaz. Diaz tries another triangle but Stevenson pops out. They stand again and Stevenson controls Diaz until the end of the round. MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 Stevenson.
Round 3: Stevenson muscles Diaz up against the cage to start the third and final round. Once again, Stevenson swiftly rolls Diaz to the ground. They stand and Diaz hits a judo throw. Diaz lands on top and Stevenson pulls guard. Diaz stands and throws some punches before diving back down to the ground. Stevenson partially stuffs the takedown and Diaz drops back for a guillotine. Diaz then switches to Stevenson’s back momentarily before Stevenson rolls out of danger and starts controlling Diaz against the fence. Stevenson eventually tries for a takedown but Diaz wiggles free and moves to the center of the cage. Diaz then scores a takedown of his own but Stevenson is quick to get back to his feet. Stevenson works for a takedown but Diaz shakes off him off. Stevenson continues to fight for a takedown while Diaz desperately swings away until the end of the fight. MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 Stevenson and the fight 30-27 for Stevenson as well. The judges agree on all counts.
Winner: Joe Stevenson - Unanimous Decision
Round 1: Both fighters come out of the gate willing to measure each other up and exchange leg kicks. They exchange in close with Pearson landing the better shots. Winner clinches and pushes Pearson up against the cage. They switch back and forth while Winner fights for a takedown. They continue to grapple against the fence. Winner lands a hard knee to the body. Pearson tries a takedown but Winner muscles him back up. They exchange knees in the clinch. Winner inadvertently knees Pearson in the groin and the fight is paused. Pearson recovers and the fight is restarted. They clinch up against the cage once again. Both fighters land knees and short punches. Winner flurries and lands some knees and punches just before the end of the round. MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 Winner.
Round 2: Pearson lands some decent punches to start the second round. Both fighters are picking up the aggression. Pearson pushes forward with punches and Winner responds with some short knees before they go up against the cage. Pearson shoots in for a takedown but Winner stuffs it. Pearson tries again but Winner once again shrugs it off. They go back to exchanging knees against the fence. Pearson lands a hard uppercut and Winner responds with a short elbow. They finally circle away from each other move to the center of the Octagon. Pearson tries a jumping knee. Winner blocks a high kick. Pearson cracks Winner with an overhand right and follows with a knee to the body. Pearson pushes Winner up against the cage and lands another short elbow. Winner once again flurries to end the round. MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 Pearson.
Round 3: Winner ducks under some short punches from Pearson to start the round. Winner swiftly clinches Pearson’s neck and throws some knees before they land back up against the cage. Pearson gets free and lands some uppercuts. Pearson lands a knee and then just misses with another short elbow. Winner throws a combo. Winner catches Pearson with a hook and Pearson answers with a right hand. Winner tries for a takedown but Pearson keeps his balance. Winner once again pushes Pearson up against the cage. Pearson lands some body shots and an uppercut. Pearson lands a hard leg kick but Winner counters with a right. Winner continues to control Pearson up against the cage. Pearson drops down for a takedown and puts Winner down for a split second before they stand back up. Pearson stuns Winner with a stiff jab. They go toe-to-toe for a second until Winner muscles Pearson to the fencing. Winner lands a left hook. They exchange short shots. Pearson nails Winner with a jumping knee immediately before time expires. MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 Pearson and the fight 29-28 for Pearson too. Very close fight. All three judges agree.
Winner: Ross Pearson - Unanimous Decision
Round 1: Lytle fires lefts and rights at Burns to start things off. Burns tries to avoid a faked flurry from Lytle and slips before standing up. Burns lands a leg kick. Lytle just misses with an overhand right. Lytle throws a hard left and then lands a body shot. Burns landing a good amount of leg kicks. Lytle misses with an overhand right and Burns pushes him down to the canvas for a moment. Burns connects with a short right. Burns follows with an uppercut that clips Lytle. Lytle is swinging wildly. Burns pumps the jab. Burns halts a right hook by Lytle with a body kick. Lytle lands a body shot. Lytle continues to miss with wild punches. Both fighters simultaneously connect with lefts. Burns tries a knee. Burns clips Lytle in the groin with a kick and the fight is paused. Lytle shakes it off and the fight continues. Lytle finally lands an overhand right. He follows with a body kick. Lytle comes in with another overhand right and Burns drops him with a short uppercut. Burns pounces on him and the two scramble before standing back up. Burns lands a short elbow and Lytle looks hurt. Burns pounds away on a fatigued and rocked Lytle, but Lytle somehow survives until the end of the round. MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 Burns.
Round 2: Lytle tags Burns with a right hand after the two measure each other up to start the round. Lytle chases Burns, who slips but survives. Lytle just misses with an uppercut and Burns lands a jumping knee to the body. Lytle lands two straight body shots. Lytle throws a lazy jab and Burns scores a takedown, only to have Lytle quickly stand back up. Lytle lands another hard body shot followed by another. Burns blocks two consecutive overhand rights. Lytle is landing body shots at will. Lytle lands a jumping jab and yet another body shot. Lytle lands another jab. Burns ducks away from a flurry. Lytle lands a body shot and Burns counters with a knee to Lytle’s midsection. Burns once again inadvertently hits Lytle in the groin with a kick. Referee Herb Dean hands Burns a warning. The fight is restarted and Lytle lands a body kick and a left. The two exchange body kicks. Lytle is stalking a winded Burns. Burns once again hits Lytle in the groin with a kick and the fight is once again paused. Dean converses with Burns and decides not to take a point away. The fight is restarted once again and the two exchange until the end of the round. This fight is dead even. MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 Lytle.
Round 3: Lytle clips Burns with a right hand to start the round and immediately opens up a large cut that sends blood dripping down Burns’ face and chest. Lytle continues to stalk Burns with punches and kicks. Burns lands a right hand followed by a knee. Lytle continues to punish Burns with body shots. Lytle swings away with wild hooks that Burns runs away from. Lytle lands yet another body shot. They exchange jabs. Lytle lands two straight hard right hands. Burns counters Lytle with a right. A fatigued Burns looks up at the clock. Lytle is starting to tag Burns with punches. Lytle lands a jumping left hook and follows it with a right. They go toe-to-toe and Lytly continues to land. Burns tries an uppercut and takes a deep breath afterwards. Lytle clips Burns with an overhand right. Burns answers with a head kick that is blocked but is still able to be felt by Lytle. Lytle with another body shot that lands. Lytle connects with the right hand. Burns misses with a high kick. Both fighters are toe-to-toe until the end of the round. Great fight. MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 Lytle and the fight 29-28 for Lytle as well. The judges concur.
Winner: Chris Lytle - Unanimous Decision
Round 1: Johnson pumps his jab and measures the distance to start the fight but Wilks is content to jump right into the action, charging at Johnson and landing some knees in close quarters. They exchange right hands before Wilks clinches Johnson and lands another knee before taking the fight to the mat. Wilks postures up and tries some punches but Johnson knocks him off balance with a couple of upkicks from the bottom. Wilks then drops back for a kneebar but Johnson escapes and lands some punches from the top position. Wilks tries for another kneebar but Johnson rolls out of it and punishes him with more punches. Wilks slides up for a triangle and is able to lock it in, but Johnson somehow is able to escape. Johnson tries to get back to his feet but Wilks takes him back down. Wilks then quickly takes Johnson’s back and locks in a rear-naked choke. Johnson fights it and momentarily escapes before Wilks secures the hold once again. Johnson continues to fight the choke from behind but is ultimately forced to tap out. Wilks wins the lightweight portion of TUF 9 and hands Team U.K. an unofficial win over the Americans.
Winner: James Wilks - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Round 1: In the greatest start to a fight I’ve ever seen, Diego and Guida go toe-to-toe at a furious pace, with Diego rocking Guida multiple times with lefts and rights. Guida is visibly hurt but Diego continues to attack with punches and knees. Guida fires back but Diego continues to deliver the pressure. Diego maintains his assault with a flying knee. Guida is bleeding from his nose. Guida is finally able to score a takedown. Diego pulls guard. Guida pushes Diego up against the fence. They scramble and stand. Referee Josh Rosenthal pauses the fight in order to give Guida his mouthpiece back. The fight is restarted. Sanchez blasts Guida with a head kick that sends him flopping to the canvas. Diego pounces on Guida but Guida stands back up. Diego is still pounding away on Guida at will. Guida is absorbing all kinds of punishment but pushes forward. Amazing heart. They clinch up against the cage for a few moments until Diego scores a takedown. Guida is eventually able to get back up and they end the round continuing to go toe-to-toe. What a round. Guida is showing more heart than we already knew he had and Diego is making Guida eat his words when it comes to his evolved striking game. MMA on Tap scores the round 10-8 Sanchez.
Round 2: Guida blocks another head kick from Diego to start the round. Diego presses forward with yet another flurry. Sanchez tries a leg kick that allows Guida to take him down. Diego keeps an active guard and throws some elbows from the bottom while Guida tries hammer fists. Diego rolls for a kimura but Guida fights the hold. Diego eventually lets go and Guida lands some punches from the top. Sanchez slide up the fence and attempts another kimura. Guida eventually works his way out of the hold and lands some more punches. Diego continues to land elbows from the bottom, a style similar to that of former “TUF” contestant Jared Rollins in his fight against Jon Koppenhaver. Sanchez bucks up and nearly catches Guida in an armbar but Clay is able to slip out of it just before the end of the round. MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 Guida.
Round 3: Both fighters quickly move to the center of the Octagon for the third and final round, both bloodied and battered. Sanchez misses with a wild right but rebounds with an uppercut that lands. Guida shoots in for a takedown but Diego stuffs it. They clinch for a moment before separating. Both fighters seem much more hesitant compared to the two earlier rounds. They pick up the pace and go toe-to-toe once again with Diego getting the better of the exchange. Guida tries for another takedown but once again, Diego avoids it. He takes Guida’s back and tries for a rear-naked choke but Guida does a good job of keeping Sanchez off-balance from behind. They scramble and Guida finds himself on top of Diego. Diego pulls guard. Guida controls Diego from the top until Diego tries for a kimura. Once again, Guida does a nice job of defending the submission attempt. He eventually gets his arm free and pounds away at Sanchez until the end of the round. MMA on Tap scores the round 10-10 and the fight 29-28 for Sanchez. Judge Patricia Morse Jarman scores the bout 29-28 for Guida but Glenn Trowbridge and Nelson Hamilton give the nod to Diego.
Winner: Diego Sanchez - Split Decision
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