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TUF 21 Finale Highlights/Results: Wonderboy KTFO’s Ellenberger, Waterson, Masvidal Score Big Wins


(Thompson vs. Ellenberger highlights, via UFC on FOX) 

Gee golly, that Wonderboy Thompson sure can do some fancy things with his feets, can’t he?

If the MMA community wasn’t already high enough on the undefeated kickboxer before his clash with Jake Ellenberger at the TUF 21 Finale, then the *pair* of spinning hook kicks he used to put the veteran away likely made believers out of all of us. Minus a heavy right hook that Thompson ate early in the fight, “Wonderboy” was in complete control on Sunday, utilizing his lengthy, karate-style attack to brutalize Ellenberger before finishing him off with a “Knockout of the Year” contender at the end of the first round.

Check out the complete highlights and results from the TUF 21 Finale after the jump. 

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VIDEO: That INSANE Comeback From Last Night’s ‘TUF 21′


(I guess I’ll go with “The side that watches a South Park rerun instead.”)

I’m going to make an assumption right out of the gate here and assume that next to none of you have been following this season of The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians. I know I haven’t. That said, I’ll give the UFC credit for coming up with a pretty novel concept to inject some life into this season, even if it’s a perfect example of “too little too late.”

My grievances with the show aside, last night’s episode of TUF 21 featured a must-see battle between American Top Team’s Michael Graves and the Blackzilians’ Jason Jackson. Between the unpenalized nut shots, back of the head shots, and the absolutely incredible come-from-behind victory that topped it off, we may have just seen our round of the year — like Hughes vs. Trigg 2, only crazier.

As luck would have it, we’ve managed to find a video of the fight in its entirety and have thrown it after the jump. You’re welcome.

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Michelle Waterson Signs With the UFC, Faces Angela Magana at ‘TUF 21′ Finale in July


(Oh, were you expecting some glamorous bikini shot? A gratuitous gif, maybe? Well SHAME ON YOU, Nation. *This* is the face of women’s MMA, so look at it, ya bunch of misogynists! via Invicta)

In the wake of all this bombshell Jon Jones news being dropped, it would be easy to overlook the fact that the UFC made another, more positive announcement earlier this week: the signing of former Invicta atomweight champion Michelle Waterson to their 115-pound division. The news of Waterson’s was made by the UFC on Tuesday, and last night, Waterson’s debut opponent has been announced.

Suffice it to say, if you think “The Karate Hottie” is being handed a gimme fight to launch her up the rankings, well, you’re right.

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TUF’s 10-Year Anniversary: The Legacy of the Most Drawn-Out MMA Show In History

(Photo via Getty)

By Alex Giardini

On Jan. 17, 2005, Spike TV aired a new show titled The Ultimate Fighter, which featured 16 combat sports athletes living under one roof in Las Vegas, competing for a six-figure contract with the UFC. What we didn’t know, however, was this exhaustive program was going to last over 20 seasons, complete with the FOX treatment, and plenty of drunken debauchery in between.

Long story short, the Zuffa brass was in serious trouble since their big gamble to buy the struggling Ultimate Fighting Championship wasn’t paying off. Simply put, that Fertitta money was being blown fast, with no real profit or indication of improvement. Spike TV founder Albie Hecht wanted a program that brought in a lot of viewers from all over, presumably because there are only so many reruns of the hyper masculine shows a person could watch.

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Report: “TUF 21: American Top Team vs. The Blackzilians” to Begin Filming Soon in South Florida


(I have a feeling that the shirtless guy with the belt is a ringer. Photo via Mike Roach/Getty)

Back in October, Sherdog’s Greg Savage passed along a rumor that the UFC was planning a season of The Ultimate Fighter that would feature competing squads from American Top Team and The Blackzilians — two camps that have made South Florida a training destination for some of MMA’s greatest talent. According to Savage, the season would air on Fight Pass.

Early this morning, MMA Fight Radio co-host Jay Pagliaro confirmed the news, citing “multiple sources from both camps.” Pagliaro indicated that the show will be filmed in South Florida, with ATT co-founder/head coach Ricardo Liborio & Blackzilians head striking coach Henri Hooft as the show’s coaches. (For the record, FrontRowBrian knew about this too.)

We’re still waiting for an official announcement from the UFC about broadcast plans for TUF 21, but a smaller-scale version of TUF airing on Fight Pass seems like a good move — especially because it won’t take any of the UFC’s biggest stars out of action for a considerable chunk of the year. We’ll update you when we know more about the cast; Junior Killer should get a spot based on his name alone.

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