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The blood has been spilled, the checks have been written, and ‘The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale' is in the books. All-in-all it was a successful event for the UFC, who come away with an explosive new TUF champion and familiar face positioned as the next contender in the lightweight division.
It took all of four minutes for Anthony Ferguson to knockout Ramsey Nijem with a blistering left hook and lay claim to season 13's TUF crown. It will be interesting to see what the UFC decides to do with Ferguson -- a young prospect who has impressed inside the cage all season. ‘El Cucuy''s standup game is particularly refined, especially when compared to TUF champions of the past. In a welterweight division filled to the brim with standouts, the former-All-American wrestler is sure to have plenty of tough tests ahead of him.
In the night's other co-headlining event Clay Guida upset Anthony "Showtime" Pettis, outwrestling the former-WEC champion to claim an unanimous decision victory. With the win, "The Carpenter" unequivocally bullied himself into the conversation of lightweight title contention. After the fight, Guida publicly called for his shot at the title, though it is more than likely that the Greg Jackson product is one fight away from that platform. Perhaps he faces the winner of Jim Miller vs. Ben Henderson?
In the card's additional bouts, TUF-veteran Ed Herman knocked-out Tim Credeur swiftly in the first round. The win was a much-needed stroke of encouragement for "Short Fuse", who had been sidelined since 2009 because of a knee injury sustained while fighting Aaron Simpson at UFC 102.
Former title contender Scott Jorgensen rebounded effectively in his first fight since losing to bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz at WEC 53. "Young Guns" dominated Ken Stone throughout the first round, finishing the WEC-veteran with a brutal series of punches from the ground.
Chris Cope soundly defeated Chuck O'Neil via unanimous decision in a battle of TUF season 13's two semi-finalists. With the win, the young California-native likely secured his spot in a future UFC event.
Tony Ferguson def. Ramsey Nijem via KO (Punches) at 3:54 of Round 1
Clay Guida def. Anthony Pettis via Decision (Unanimous)
Ed Herman def. Tim Credeur via TKO (Punches) at 0:48 of Round 1
Kyle Kingsbury def. Fabio Maldonado via Decision (Unanimous)
Chris Cope def. Chuck O'Neil via Decision (Unanimous)
Jeremy Stephens def. Danny Downes via Decision (Unanimous)
George Roop def. Josh Grispi via KO (Punch to the Body) at 3:14 of Round 3
Shamar Bailey def. Ryan McGillivray via Decision (Unanimous)
Clay Harvison def. Justin Edwards via Decision (Split)
Scott Jorgensen def. Ken Stone via KO (Punches) at 4:01 of Round 1
Reuben Duran def. Francisco Rivera via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 1:57 of Round 3
Submission of the Night: Reuben Duran ($40,000)
Knockout of the Night: Anthony Ferguson ($40,000)
Fight of the Night: Kyle Kingsbury vs. Fabio Maldonado ($40,000 each)
Fighter Payouts (figures do not include fight-ending bonuses):
Anthony Ferguson: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Ramsey Nijem: $8,000
Clay Guida: $74,000 (includes $37,000 win bonus)
Anthony Pettis: $10,000
Ed Herman: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
Tim Credeur: $10,000
Kyle Kingsbury: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Fabio Maldonado: $10,000
Chris Cope: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Chuck O'Neil: $8,000
Jeremy Stephens: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
Danny Downes: $4,000
George Roop: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
Josh Grispi: $15,000
Shamar Bailey: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Ryan McGillivray: $8,000
Clay Harvison: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Justin Edwards: $8,000
Scott Jorgensen: $29,000 (includes $14,500 win bonus)
Ken Stone: $5,000
Reuben Duran: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
Francisco Rivera: $4,000
A full night of free UFC, what could be better? Saturday's TUF 13 Finale should go a long way to erase the bitter taste UFC 130 may have left in the mouths of MMA fans. The card is littered with fights that promise to be the type of exciting, back-and-forth brawls that viewers love to see.
Clay "The Carpenter" Guida and Anthony "Showtime" Pettis will meet in the night's main attraction. The last time mixed martial arts fans saw "Showtime" the young fighter surely lived up to his nickname, defeating Benson Henderson on the heels of an incredible off-the-cage, ninja-like head kick to become the WEC lightweight champion at WEC 53.
After claiming the belt, Pettis was promised the first shot at the UFC title following Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard's planned bout. But things are never quite that simple in this sport, and the match ended in a tied, throwing a monkey wrench into Pettis' plans.
With a Edgar/Maynard rematch unavoidable, "Showtime" was given the option between playing it safe and shelving himself for a year until the title picture cleared up, or risking a once-in-a-lifetime chance at the belt by accepting a different opponent. In a noble decision, Pettis chose the latter and was promptly given no favors by UFC matchmaker Joe Silva.
Make no mistake about it, Clay Guida isn't an easy fight. This isn't just a walkover to keep Pettis in game shape. "The Carpenter" comes to the cage ready for a war, bringing with him one of the most relentless, chaotic styles in the UFC. Wherever Guida goes, fireworks are sure to follow.
The night's other co-headlining bout is a match between Anthony Ferguson and Ramsey Nijem to decide the winner of Season 13 of "The Ultimate Fighter". While the show's ratings may have declined throughout the season, this final pairing presents a myriad of fascinating angles that should entertain fight fans.
The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale will be broadcast live at 9 p.m. EST on SPIKE. All west coast showings will be broadcast at 9 p.m. local time, however the event will be a pre-recorded version so be wary of your internet browsing lest you spoil the results for yourself.
The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale Betting Odds:
Tony Ferguson (-110) vs. Ramsey Nijem (-120)
Clay Guida (+190) vs. Anthony Pettis (-250)
Chris Cope (+145) vs. Chuck O'Neil (-175)
Kyle Kingsbury (-230) vs. Fabio Maldonado (+190)
Tim Credeur (-105) vs. Ed Herman (-135)
Reuben Duran (-250) vs. Francisco Rivera (+190)
Scott Jorgensen (-600) vs. Ken Stone (+400)
Justin Edwards (-185) vs. Clay Harvison (+155)
Shamar Bailey (-350) vs. Ryan McGillivray (+275)
Josh Grispi (-550) vs. George Roop (+350)
Danny Downes (+280) vs. Jeremy Stephens (-360)
Bubba is now fully committed with his MMA career and will move down to American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida, where he will join a host of other MMA stars to work with such as: Mike Brown, Cole Miller, Jorge Masvidal, Thiago "Pitbull" Alves, Hector Lombard, and Gleison Tibau among others.
George St. Pierre has officially signed on to defend his welterweight championship belt against Nick Diaz at UFC 137. In a match-up of 'Champion vs. Champion', Diaz, the Strikeforce Welterweight title-holder, will make his first appearance inside the Octagon since Zuffa's high-profile purchase of Strikeforce. The event will take place October 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ever since the organization's purchase, and St. Pierre's subsequent title defense over Jake Shields, fans have been clamoring for a bout between the two streaking champions. Thus it seemed inevitable that these two would eventually meet. The UFC has a long history of making fights happen based on the wishes of the fan base, and this was no exception.
Dana White took to Twitter to announce the bout. "You wanted it, you got it," he wrote. "GSP vs. Diaz... UFC 137."
Yet, in early May it seemed as if the fight would never come together. The MMA community was shocked to hear Nick Diaz very publicly declare his intention to relocate to the sport of boxing. However, that sentiment quickly shifted a full 180 degrees on May 23 when a press release issued by the champion's boxing promoter, Don Chargin, stated that Diaz had been offered the "opportunity of a lifetime", and would stick with the sport of mixed martial arts for the time being.
Now on a ten fight win streak, the Stockton native has transformed into a beast since leaving the UFC in 2006. Diaz's most recent victory came in a back-and-forth brawl with former-UFC contender Paul Daley that could easily end up winning fight-of-the-year honors.
Nonetheless, he now faces an entirely different monster in St. Pierre. Already the longest running welterweight champion in UFC history, GSP has yet to taste defeat since early 2007. The French-Canadian's unbelievable athleticism and insurmountable wrestling base has stifled every contender within the division, leading the organization on an endless search to craft viable new title challengers.
If anything, the fight should provided a respite from the recent flood of criticism claiming that St. Pierre has become stagnant and fights far too passively. Diaz provides an atypical, aggressive style that may force "Rush" out of his comfort zone. Throughout his win streak the Strikeforce champion has finished nine of ten opponents, heavily contrasting against St. Pierre's tendency to go the distance. The UFC fan-favorite has won by decision in four straight title defenses.
Whatever happens, expect the buildup to this fight to be enormous. MMA fans are going to be in for a treat come October.
The card for ‘The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale' has officially been set following Wednesday night's TUF 13 season finale. The show's last two remaining contestants, Team Lesnar's Anthony Ferguson and Team Dos Santos' Ramsey Nijem, will meet in the co-headlining bout to determine the season's champion.
Ferguson, 26, holds a professional record of 10-2, and has finished his opponents in nine of those ten wins. "El Cucuy" continued that trademark aggressive approach throughout the show, finishing all three of his challengers -- Justin Edwards, Ryan McGillivray, and Chuck O'Neil -- with blistering knockouts.
Ramsey Nijem, 23, became one of the most popular cast members this season due to his wild antics and his unabashed alter ego, "Stripper Ramsey". However, when the cage door shuts, the fun and games end for the young fighter. Nijem holds a professional record of 4-1, and has shown a knack for slick submission finishes. Similar to Ferguson, Ramsey has been on a roll throughout the show, finishing each of his three challengers -- Charlie Rader, Clay Harvison, and Chris Cope -- on his road to the finals.
As is tradition, several of the fellow TUF 13 cast members have been added to the final fight card and will earn one last opportunity to prove they belong in the UFC. Semifinalists Chris Cope and Chuck O'Neil have been scheduled to meet in a televised bout on the main card, while Shamar Bailey vs. Ryan McGillivray and Clay Harvison vs. Justin Edwards have been added to the preliminary card.
The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale will be held at the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 4th 2011. The main event features WEC Lightweight Champion Anthony "Showtime" Pettis vs. Clay "The Carpenter" Guida. Television coverage will be broadcast live on SPIKE.
TUF 13 Finals: Anthony Ferguson vs. Ramsey Nijem
Clay Guida vs. Anthony Pettis
Chris Cope vs. Chuck O'Neil
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Fabio Maldonado
Tim Credeur vs. Ed Herman
Reuben Duran vs. Francisco Rivera
Scott Jorgensen vs. Ken Stone
Justin Edwards vs. Clay Harvison
Shamar Bailey vs. Ryan McGillivray
Josh Grispi vs. George Roop
Danny Downes vs. Jeremy Stephens
The Nevada State Athletic Commission have handed down six-month medical suspensions to five UFC fighters following Saturday's ‘UFC 130: Jackson vs. Hamill' event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The extended suspensions could throw a monkey wrench into any immediate plans the UFC brass may have been preparing.
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Frank Mir, Brian Stann, Jorge Santiago, and Michael McDonald all received notice that they would be unable to complete until November 25 due to various injuries sustained before or during the event. Though, provided a quick recovery, each fighter has the ability to be cleared early by a physician.
However, Jackson, Mir, and Stann all are required to sit out at least a month, regardless of physician input. Santiago and McDonald incurred much more serious injuries -- a left orbital fracture and left shoulder injury -- and will more than likely be forced to sit out the whole of the suspension.
Stefan Struve and Rafaello Oliveira also both received suspensions, though much less restrictive. The two fighters have been suspended for two months and will not be approved for contact until July 13th.
UFC 130 medical suspensions:
Quinton Jackson: Suspended six months for a left hand fracture. No contact approved until 6/19. Minimum suspension time until 6/28. Permissible to be cleared early by physician.
Frank Mir: Suspended six months for an injury to left ribs. No contact approved until 6/19. Minimum suspension time until 6/28. Permissible to be cleared early by physician.
Brian Stann: Suspended six months for a right thumb injury. No contact approved until 6/19. Minimum suspension time until 6/28. Permissible to be cleared early by physician.
Jorge Santiago: Suspended six months for a left orbital fracture. Required to pass physician exam before being permitted to return.
Michael McDonald: Suspended six months for a left shoulder injury. No contact approved until 7/13. Minimum suspension time until 7/28. Permissible to be cleared early by physician.
Rafaello Oliveira: Suspended two months for undisclosed reasons. No contact approved until 7/13.
Stefan Struve: Suspended two months for incurring a knockout. No contact approved until 7/13. No official fight permitted until 7/28.
The UFC has few constants. Champions change, fighters jump from weight class to weight class, injury dropouts create a revolving door of matchups. Yet, in such an unpredictable landscape, since 2006 fans could always rely on one thing: ‘Batman' would show up at least two-to-four times a year.
However, that time appears to have come to an end. UFC lightweight staple Kurt Pellegrino (16-6) announced Tuesday that he has denied a renewal to his UFC contract, and will step away from the sport of MMA.
"I am writing to let everyone know where I stand as far my fighting career goes," he stated on his website. "At this time I am choosing to take some time off and step away from the sport as a fighter. Over my most recent fights I have come to the realization that at this point I no longer can, nor want to make fighting my first priority."
The always entertaining lightweight's career peaked in early 2010, riding a four-fight win streak into a title-eliminator match with George Sotiropoulos at UFC 116. Unfortunately, despite his best efforts, the caped crusader was bested by the TUF veteran.
"Never in my career have I lost two fights in a row and my last fight's decision in particular was especially hard for me to swallow to be honest," Pellegrino wrote. "Even last year when I was on a [four] fight win streak I still was questioning myself. This has made me reconsider what my next step will be competitively. I have spoken at length with Joe Silva about my decision and have decided not to renew my contract with the UFC."
In an age in which fighters often resist retirement until the situation becomes dangerous, a la Chuck Liddell, it is refreshing to see an athlete leave this violent sport for the right reasons.
"I want to take the time to regroup, refocus, and rethink what it is that I want to do going forward," the UFC veteran explained. "I want to do things that I enjoy right now and refresh my mind. I want to concentrate on my BJJ game and improve it. I want to work on my boxing game and improve that also. I'd like to compete in some grappling tournaments again like the old days and maybe even try my hand at a pro boxing fight. I want to have fun training again, bottom line.
"Most importantly," Pellegrino finished, "I want to spend more time with my family. My daughter is four years old and I can't tell you how much of her life I've missed dedicating my life to training for fights."
In the grand scheme of things, isn't that the most noble of causes?
As a fan, I will selfishly admit that I would not like this to be last I've seen from ‘Batman' -- an athlete who always brought the fight to his opponent, regardless of the situation. However, if this is indeed the end, I would like to thank Pellegrino for the fond memories that he has stridently given us, and wish him good luck on his future endeavors.
No rest for fans of the UFC. After starving a full month for MMA action following UFC 129, the organization will hold three events in three consecutive weeks. ‘The Ultimate Fighter Season 13 Finale' finds itself in the middle of that UFC sandwich.
While not delivering as high of ratings as past TUF shows, "The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos" has been still been doing well, averaging over a million viewers per episode. Although, it should be noted that much of the intrigue of the show was diminished following news of coach Brock Lesnar's relapse with a crippling bout of diverticulitis, and subsequent withdrawal from a planned fight with rival coach Junior do Santos.
Yet, that sad revelation aside, the UFC brass has still managed to put together a relatively entertaining card, especially when contrasted to free shows of the past. The co-headlining bout pits human highlight reel and lightweight-contender-in-waiting, Anthony Pettis, against the frenzied pace of Clay "The Carpenter" Guida, with the winner likely getting a shot at the title. The other co-headlining match will be announced Wednesday night, and will feature the two winners of the show's semifinal round of fights -- Chris Cope vs. Ramsey Nijem and Tony Ferguson vs. Chuck O'Neil.
Other than that, the card features several fellow TUF 13 contestants mixed in with a sprinkling of prominent UFC names, including former bantamweight title challenger Scott Jorgensen, TUF season three finalist Ed Herman, and TUF season eight alumni Kyle Kingsbury.
The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale will take place on June 4th, at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will be broadcast live on SPIKE.
Anthony Pettis vs. Clay Guida
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