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The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale: Esparza Taps Namajunas to Become the First Women’s UFC Strawweight Champ


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The UFC will crown its first-ever women’s strawweight champion tonight in Las Vegas, as Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas meet in the main event of the TUF 20 Finale. Also on the lineup: A featherweight(-ish) bout between Charles Oliveira and Jeremy Stephens, a lightweight slugfest between KJ Noons and Daron Cruickshank, and Jessica Penne and Randa Markos battle it out for the TUF 20 bronze-medal.

Live results from the FOX Sports 1 main card will be after the jump beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, courtesy of Matt Saccaro. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest updates, and shoot us your own thoughts on twitter @cagepotatomma. Thanks for being here.

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Carla Esparza vs. Rose Namajunas Set for TUF 20 Finale Main Event This Friday


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It’s official: Former Invicta FC strawweight champion Carla Esparza and fan-favorite Rose Namajunas will square off in the main event of the TUF 20 Finale — this Friday, December 12th, at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas — with the winner being crowned the UFC’s inaugural women’s strawweight champion.

The booking was revealed on last night’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter, in which Esparza earned a unanimous decision win over Jessica Penne, and Namajunas submitted Randa Markos with a kimura in the first round. Highlights of the Esparza vs. Penne semifinal fight are after the jump. The complete TUF 20 lineup is below…

MAIN CARD, FOX SPORTS 1 (9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT)
Carla Esparza vs. Rose Namajunas
Charles Oliveira vs. Jeremy Stephens
Daron Cruickshank vs. K.J. Noons
Yancy Medeiros vs. Joe Proctor
Randa Markos vs. Jessica Penne

PRELIMINARY CARD, FOX SPORTS 1 (7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT)
Lisa Ellis vs. Felice Herrig
Heather Jo Clark vs. Bec Rawlings
Joanne Calderwood vs. Seo Hee Ham
Angela Magana vs. Tecia Torres

PRELIMINARY CARD, UFC FIGHT PASS (6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT)
Alex Chambers vs. Aisling Daly
Angela Hill vs. Emily Kagan

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TUF 20 Fight Highlights: Namajunas vs. Calderwood, Esparza vs. Torres + Six TUF 20 Finale Fights Announced

This isn’t news to you because those knuckleheads at DirecTV already spoiled it, but yeah, here are the video highlights from last night’s episode of TUF 20, in which Rose Namajunas submitted Joanne Calderwood with a kimura, and Carla Esparza won a two-round majority decision against Tecia Torres. With all the quarterfinal matchups now in the books, next week’s semifinal bouts will be…

Carla Esparza (#1) vs. Jessica Penne (#4)
Rose Namajunas (#7) vs. Randa Markos (#14)

Following the episode, six undercard bouts for the TUF 20 Finale (December 12th, Las Vegas) were announced on FOX Sports Live. They are…

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DirecTV Just Spoiled the Sh*t Out of the Remaining TUF 20 Quarterfinals


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It’s been an entertaining, if fairly routine season of The Ultimate Fighter thus far, despite all the hubbub about “a champion being crowned” and a new division and all that. The fights have been thoroughly enjoyable across the board, the in-house drama kept to a near minimum, and Anthony Pettis is seemingly doing the best he can to remind us why we should care that he’s the lightweight champion. Another season, another dollar, yadda yadda, yadda yadda…

Last week, #4 ranked Jessica Penne (who has been my dark horse pick to win the season since the cast was announced) defeated #5 Aisling Daly via unanimous decision to advance to the semifinals alongside #12 Randa Markos. Next week’s episode features a pair of pivotal quarterfinal matchups in #7 Rose Namajunas (THUG ROSE!) vs. #2 Joanne Calderwood and #1 Carla Esparza vs. #3 Tecia Torres, and the only way you’ll ever find out who wins will be to tune in!!

Unless you happen to have DirecTV, that is, in which case you could just scroll ahead to the summary for episode 12 and read it for yourself. Someone dun screwed up alright, and thanks to r/MMA user 3JSand (and our goddamned curiosity), we now know exactly how the semifinals will look.

Join us after the jump for some major spoilers.

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TUF 20 Video Highlights: Felice Herrig vs. Randa Markos Ends in First-Round Submission


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TUF 20 got its first semi-finalist on last night’s episode, when #14-ranked Randa Markos tapped out #6 seed Felice Herrig in the first round with a brilliant modified armbar. Now carrying wins over Herrig and Tecia Torres, Markos has become the season’s Cinderella story — but keep in mind that her next fight will be a true buzzsaw against the winner of Rose Namajunas vs. Joanne Calderwood.

Also on the episode, Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez squared off in the Coaches’ Challenge, which was a non-physical competition for the first time ever, on account of Pettis’s gimpy knee. So if you feel like watching a semi-awkward UFC trivia competition hosted by Bruce Buffer, that’s after the jump.

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Tecia Torres Outpoints Bec Hyatt, Advances to TUF 20 Quarterfinals [VIDEO]


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After losing an upset decision to Randa Markos on episode 1, Tecia Torres was brought back into the TUF 20 bracket as an injury replacement for Justine Kish — and the Tiny Tornado made the most of her opportunity. Check out these video highlights from Torres’s win against “Rowdy” Bec Rawlings on last night’s episode. Rawlings did her best to make it a competitive brawl, but Torres earned a unanimous decision after two rounds thanks to her trademark aggressive striking.

Despite the fact that she began the season on Team Melendez, Torres was technically fighting for Team Pettis in her role as an injury fill-in. And so, Team Pettis dominates the round-of-16 by a final score of 7-1. Damn, Gilbert…even Rampage did better than that.

And then there were eight. Follow us after the jump for the updated TUF 20 quarterfinal bracket, and a video of the matchups being announced. Rose Namajunas vs. Joanne Calderwood should be nasty.

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Rose Namajunas vs. Alex Chambers Video Highlights From TUF 20 Episode 7


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Team Melendez was in a tough spot heading into last night’s episode of TUF 20, after going winless in the first six preliminary fights. Luckily, they still had their ace in the hole — “Thug” Rose Namajunas, who stepped up in a big way and earned a first-round rear-naked choke submission against Alex Chambers.

Check out highlights from the fight above, which show an ever-evolving Namajunas frustrating Chambers with flashy kicks before taking her down and sinking the choke. Other than the heavy right hand that Rose eats at the 0:56 mark, it was a virtually flawless performance, and one that surely put her housemates on notice. Also on the episode…

- Team Melendez struggles with some infighting related to Heather Jo Clark and Lisa Ellis’s fraternizing with Team Pettis.

- Clark learns that she’s suffered a full ACL tear in her right knee, and will be out of action for the rest of the competition.

- Megan Rapinoe and Sydney Leroux from the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team stop by to say what up.

- Rose Namajunas discusses how she endured sexual abuse growing up in Milwaukee, and advises other females to seek help if they’re experiencing similar abuse in their own lives. Much respect to Rose for making this issue public.

After the jump: Rose and Pat Barry sit down with Karyn Bryant to discuss the episode on FOX Sports Live’s “TUF Talk.” Rose and Pat are still the best.

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Video Highlights: Aisling Daly TKO’s Angela Magana In a Barnburner on Last Night’s TUF 20


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Team Pettis’ Aisling Daly has a style that can be best described as…unorthodox. She throws awkward, repetitive 1-2 combos and standing hammerfists that evoke memories of Jade Chun vs. Taeler Jackson. She attacks with her chin sticking straight up in the air — her head’s on a beanpole, as Joe Rogan might say. When it comes to submissions and scrambling, she often seems like she’s just making it up as she goes along. Uhhh…maybe if I just grab her arm like this…and twist it that way?

But Aisling Daly also has surprisingly decent head movement, an iron chin, and the kind of killer instinct that would make Gary Ridgway blush with envy. Daly is just plain aggressive, and the relentless pace she sets from start to finish will fucking break you. While it’s easy to understand how her less-than-flashy style led her to be picked last despite being ranked #5, her third round TKO of Team Melendez’s Angela Magana on last night’s episode of TUF 20 surely erased anyone’s doubts when it came to her skills as a fighter. “Aisling is just one of those ladies that you just know can fight,” as Pettis summed it up.

Full fight recap after the jump.

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Full Fight Video: Felice Herrig Out Points Heather Clark (Again) on TUF 20


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After a 2-week hiatus, TUF 20 returned last night with a much anticipated grudge rematch between #6 seed Felice Herrig and #11 Heather Clark. As luck would have it, the fight went down in very similar fashion to their first encounter, with Felice using her Muay Thai background to set up her consistently improving takedowns and generally outwork Clark all around. The UFC has made the full fight available via its Ultimate Fighter Youtube channel, so check it out above.

Also on last night’s episode, it was revealed that #9 seed Justine Kish had torn her ACL and would therefore be removed from the tournament. In her place, #3 Tecia Torres — who was upset by #14 Randa Markos back in episode 1 — was reinstated to face #8 Bec Rawlings in a later episode. The twist: Torres will now fight for Team Pettis, who are currently up five to nil over Team Melendez.

After the jump: Clark and Herrig continue their war of words on TUF Talk, which is apparently a thing that exists now.

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Video Highlights: Carla Esparza Chokes Out Angela Hill on TUF 20


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Last night’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned featured #1-seeded former Invicta champ Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza taking on #16-ranked Angela “Overkill” Hill. And while Hill and her coaches were confident that the fight would be a lot more competitive than the rankings suggested, Esparza’s elite wrestling skills overwhelmed the Muay Thai champ. Once Esparza secured a takedown, she aggressively went for Hill’s neck, eventually sinking a rear-naked choke late in the first round. With Esparza’s win, Team Pettis is now up 4-0 on Team Melendez.

As for Angela Hill, she may have been eliminated in the first round, but she’s left a lasting impression on her teammates…

Respect the gas.

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