Hey CagePotato fans, this is Greg Clark from MMA Fever, I’ll be filling in for Ben as he recovers from his breast-reduction surgery, so let’s dive into The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale shall we…
Ben Saunders vs. Dan Barrera
The first fight of the Spike TV televised card set the tone for the rest of the night: Brutal, nasty, and damn entertaining.
Saunders defeated Barrera in Episode 6 by majority decision, so this bout was a true grudge match for both fighters to showcase their talent to the UFC and its fans.
Ben Saunders started round 1 demonstrating his superior striking skills, complemented by his leg kicks from his 6’3″ frame that connected on Barrera at will. The fight was filled with back-and-forth action, but Barrera, who had been coached by Matt Hughes, showed that he was way out of his league against the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist when the fight went to the ground.
At one point, Saunders had Barrera’s back and put him in a body lock which set up the rear naked choke attempt. As both fighters were dripping with sweat, Barrera was able to escape the bout ending submission. Saunders stuffed Barrera’s takedowns easily which appeared to be the only weapon he had during the fight. He also dominated on the ground and clearly won rounds 1, 2 and 3 for the unanimous decision victory against the battle worn Barrera.
Ben Saunders def. Dan Barrera via unanimous decision
Next up: Rogan’s Matt Hughes interview