(Props: ‘caposa’ on the UG)
Today’s GIF party features a couple of animated highlights from the TUF 12 Finale‘s unaired prelims, as well as the Spike broadcast. First up, the night’s only knockout — Pablo Garza’s flying-knee-KO of Fredson Paixao, which came just 51 seconds into round one and scored Garza a $30,000 Knockout of the Night bonus. As if the KO wasn’t impressive enough, check out Steve Mazzagatti flying in from 15 feet away to tackle Garza before he makes Paixao’s concussion any worse than it needs to be.
After the jump: The "Pace choke," the McKenzitine, and the stunned expessions following Phan vs. Garcia.
Of the two submissions on the undercard, Nick Pace’s third round triangle/guillotine/WTF? submission of Will Campuzano was the more creative by far. Unfortunately, Pace missed his bantamweight limit by three pounds, and no additional bonus money was given to him out of spite. Instead, the $30,000 Submission of the Night bump went to Cody McKenzie, who represented the redneck-hillbilly-ex-gangster-ex-drug-addict MMA scene in impressive fashion, at the expense of Aaron Wilkinson’s jaw.
And finally, the bit of physical comedy that ensued after Leonard Garcia was announced the winner of his fight against Nam Phan. Greg Jackson can’t even hide his shock, while Rogan and Garcia trade "whaddya gonna do?" shrugs. Meanwhile, Phan wanders around the cage like an M-80 just went off in his hand. Both Garcia and Phan picked up $30,000 Fight of the Night bonuses for their performances.
And after all that, we still haven’t mentioned three fights that also took place on the TUF 12 Finale prelims. They were:
– Dave Branch def. Rich Attonito via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
– Kyle Watson def. Sako Chivitchian via unanimous decision (30-27 x 2, 29-28)
– Ian Loveland def. Tyler Toner via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 29-28)