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‘The Ultimate Fighter 13′ Finale: *ssholes-1, Good Guys-0

Pettis, and his hopes at a title shot, come crashing down (pic: MMAFightNews.net)

Judging from the sparse commentary throughout last night’s live blog, most of you were out sipping $20 Manhattans and discussing the latest issue of The New Yorker while a few of us sat on the couch watching free cage fights and loathing ourselves. It’s cool. You know what you did was wrong, and you came back home to us. We forgive you, and we’ll give you the gist of what went down.

It only took three minutes and fifty four seconds to send ten weeks of buildup crashing to the mat. The bout between Tony Ferguson and Ramsey Nijem was competitive, with both men finding a home for their hands, but Ferguson was able to employ his collegiate wrestling experience and the time spent with Lesnar’s camp after the show to dictate the fight and set the pace. Following a couple of successful takedowns, Ferguson flipped Ramsey’s switch with a left hook and Season 13 of The Ultimate Fighter crowned its asshole champion.

About 10 seasons ago that would have meant something, perhaps that a new player had arrived in the Welterweight division, but these days it just means that the TUF champ was simply the best fighter in the house, and that’s assuming that the best fighter didn’t succumb to injury during the hectic fight schedule. The legendary “six figure contract” carries little guarantee of future employment, but at least Ferguson left with the $40k “Knock Out of the Night” bonus in his pocket. So where does Ferguson go from here? In true Ultimate Fighter fashion, he said a drop in weight class is likely in his future. Then again, he also called out fellow TUF champion and resident UFC hipster Amir Sadollah, so who knows.

In the “co-main event”, Clay Guida was able to take Anthony Pettis off of his feet and reduce his highlight-reel style to a few momentary bursts of gif-worthy brilliance. Pettis took a major gamble in accepting this fight, preferring to stay active and risk losing his title shot rather than sitting idly by and waiting for a turn that may never come. It’s hard to imagine a fight so active resulting in so little damage. Guida used his strong wrestling base to put Pettis on his back each and every round, but it was all he could do to avoid the constant submission threats of Showtime’s active guard. Guida’s major offensive weapon, outside of his takedowns, came in the form of shoulder strikes from the guard and half guard while pressed against the cage. It was enough to secure the decision from the judges, but not enough to earn him the title shot that would have gone to a victorious Pettis. Dana White said post-fight that Guida is still behind Jim Miller in line for a shot at the belt. In short, Pettis will need to work on his wrestling to flourish in the UFC’s lightweight division, and Guida still needs to work on everything else.
In other action…

Ed Herman turned the longest layoff into the evening’s quickest win with his 48-second TKO of Tim Credeur. It was an exciting and much-needed win for “Short Fuse”, but with both men coming off of two year absences it tells us little about how he’ll fair against other competition or how he’s recovered from multiple knee surgeries.

My how far Josh Grispi has fallen. Once lined up to challenge Jose Aldo for his belt, “The Fluke” has now lost both of his matches in the UFC. George Roop also came into the bout 0-1 in the UFC, but he looked solid last night in his return to the win column.

The evening’s “Fight of the Night” was a throwdown between Light Heavyweights Kyle Kingsbury and Fabio Maldonado. Kingsbury landed some big knees from the clinch, but ate more than his fair share of digging body shots for his effort. Kingsbury left the cage with his fourth consecutive UFC win and an eye that looked possessed by demons.

Danny Downes was outgunned on the feet, and Danny Downes was outgunned on the mat, but damn Danny Downes is tough. Downes took a beating and probably should have left the cage with a detached arm, but he hung in there for the long haul in what ended up serving as a showcase fight for Jeremy Stephens.

I wouldn’t expect to see much more out of the TUF Class of Season 13. The undercard bouts featuring the non-finalists didn’t give much reason to believe anyone will be making an impact in the UFC. Chris Cope did look improved, and you never really know who’s a diamond in the rough, but even the shallow end of the Welterweight pool may prove too deep for these guys to tread. For some, this may represent their first chance to train full time with a credible gym; they’d better make the most of the opportunity.

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agentsmith- June 6, 2011 at 1:50 pm
I figured his recent string of 3 finishes in a row (the first time he's had even 2 in a row in the UFC, by the way) was more about the quality of his opponents than about him improving or evolving... and I was right. He did the same thing to Pettis that he did to Nate Diaz and Mac Danzig: lay n' pray on fast-forward.
mtnthc- June 6, 2011 at 9:51 am
pufonthis, are Guida's balls as hairy as his fucking head?
Buff Frank Mir- June 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm
@get off me
I agree, if Guida was punching or attempting subs then he should get credit, but when you cant even throw blows cuz you're getting hit and constantly defending subs. It's sad seeing bjj doesn't get enough respect inn scoring. It's not like Chael who is relentless on the ground:) lol, I know we already had this debate before tho.
pufonthis- June 5, 2011 at 6:05 pm
"danomite Says:

Sun, 06/05/11 - 11:13

how about a ban on people saying Clay Guida doesn’t have boring fights? He’s dryhumped his way to a decision before and he definitely did so last night. Shoulder bumps? seriously? that was his whole offense the entire fight."


LOL, and what was Pettis's offense? Oh yea, he didn't have any, that's why he lost. Unless you count "look at my spinning little fairy kicks". The pretty boy with the dirt under his bottom lip got out-fought and out-smarted by Clay. He can run back to the minors now.
Get Off Me- June 5, 2011 at 5:08 pm
@Cheeseburger Eddie
Watch Torres vs. Johnson from UFC 130, Torres fought like Pettis off his back..it's what BJJ fighters actually like to do, kinda like wrestlers who like to be on top on the ground...sadly though the wrestler gets the nod 90% of the time irregardless of what transpired.

This is two cards in a row where we see how underscored BJJ and how overscored Wrestling is in MMA. I've been saying it for a year now....once a takedown is completed, if the fighter in top position cannot advance through his oppenents full guard inside 60-90 seconds, they get stood up. If the fighter on top get's to half guard then let the fight go. This way a wrestler can score four takedowns or more a round and win it, not just one and done, it's far more exciting for the fans. Not hating on wrestling but just look at what Jorgensen did inside of full guard, Clay stayed in full guard for 13 of the fights 15 minutes and couldn't connect with anything, passed to half guard once and scrambled to gain Pettis's back at the very end. I'm sick of watching a BJJ clinic end up 30-27 across the board.
Dolemite- June 5, 2011 at 4:07 pm
They need to change up the scoring for MMA. Way too much awarded for takedowns. Guida took Petis down but was on the defence most of the fight. Sub attempts and getting up from a takedown have as much influence as to the outcome of a fight as a takedown does.
macreadysshack- June 5, 2011 at 2:56 pm
Hey, look at it this way . . . at least you know that if your favorite fighter is going to step in against Guida, he's going to lose, sure, but he won't have a medical suspension. Unless he develops a hairball, I guess.
RSparrow- June 5, 2011 at 1:46 pm
Pettis is a more talented, well-rounded fighter. It sucks that grinding your way to a victory while inflicting absolutely zero damage can still get you a win. He should be fined for those shoulder strikes.
k-onda- June 5, 2011 at 1:00 pm
I'm with those that think the endless takedowns and high-octane hugging tactic shouldn't be rewarded with a win. It burns up a lot of valuable air time, it's not in the spirit of the original idea of MMA, and it's not used to try to "win" but to avoid losing. If a takedown is just used for that, and there's no transition to sub attempts or GnP, then no dice.
But I also can't see Pettis deserving a title shot if he can't prevent a take down.
There needs to be a change, but whatever that change is - it ain't obvious.
dim mak- June 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm
And Karma--full guard is not a "dominant position." check out the scoring used for BJJ tournaments sometime. http://www.ibjjf.org/rules.htm you get 2 points for a takedown, 3 for passing guard, but 0 for just shitting in a guy's full guard all night.
ccman- June 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm
In all truth, guida has a career and fan base off the hair and sanchez fight. I like the guy, I don't find him boring minus last night and used to really appreciate his work ethic. Sadly last night he did none of the things that made me a fan to begin with. He got greg jacksoned and looked for the zero damage on either victory. In truth his old style was going to retire him since he is in guiness for most head movement and still can't slip a punch.
dim mak- June 5, 2011 at 12:54 pm
Guida was absolutely pathetic. Grow some fucking nuts and try to finish the fight, rather than cynically grinding out a boring decision through "shoulder strikes," while just laying in the other guy's guard.
AgentoftheBat- June 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm
So much hate for Guida here! It's blowing my mind. Looks like the Pettis band wagon made it's stop here today.
Guida rules. He's one of the best guys out there. His fights are non-stop. I hate that people forget that these fighters have different skill sets. Guida would have been stupid to stand and throw with Pettis. He was working for a submission the entire fight but Pettis was too good from his back.
Good fight. I agree with DW. Give Miller his shot first and see how Guida looks in his next fight.
Cheeseburger Eddie- June 5, 2011 at 12:35 pm
I don't think I've ever seen someone as active from the guard as Pettis was, I was praying he was gonna pull off the sub so we dont have the watch the the horizontal energizer bunny fight for the strap
Eyes red as Fedor- June 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm
@Wren Have you followed Guida's career or did you just check his wiki to see his last 4 fight results? I'd rather watch my kids wrestled than Guida. I don't even have kids; I'd rather throw away all my life's hopes and dreams knocking some bitty up and dealing with her incessant nagging along with having to support the kids than watch Guida fight. He's that boring. I've seen more damage inflicted by bro-hugs.
WrenJoRo- June 5, 2011 at 12:17 pm
@rogerw Guidas last 3 fights ended in submission. How is he as boring as fitch. One decision in 4 fights and you want to say hes as boring as fitch. Do you even watch the fights or just hear what others say and try to regurgitate it.
danomite- June 5, 2011 at 11:13 am
how about a ban on people saying Clay Guida doesn't have boring fights? He's dryhumped his way to a decision before and he definitely did so last night. Shoulder bumps? seriously? that was his whole offense the entire fight.
Smackdaddiest1- June 5, 2011 at 11:03 am
Pettis got Clayed and Prayed.

See what I did there?
DangadaDang- June 5, 2011 at 11:01 am
Guida should have to cut his fucking hair if his game planning always involves living in a trailer, not showering, and then attempting to gag his opponents with it for 3 rounds.
Carl Sagan- June 5, 2011 at 10:54 am
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UFC_98
Roop had a W in the UFC. Just sayin :)
hooligun- June 5, 2011 at 10:53 am
I think this will prove to be a solid lesson to Pettis and in the rematch he will decapitate the caveman.
Ferguson looked good and I have totally forgiven him for his drunken scumbagishness.

Then again I love a heel ;)
rogerw- June 5, 2011 at 10:42 am
Although the fight was horrible and Guida has reached Fitchian levels of boredom and cowardness, maybe the loss isn't so bad for Pettis; he's still very young for a MMA fighter and he now knows what he has to work on. Really, if Guida can take him down at will, what business has he taking on Edgar/Maynard? He'll be back.
CrushCo- June 5, 2011 at 10:38 am
BTW- Karma, did you ever have any luck getting in touch with Lytle's PAL league?
CrushCo- June 5, 2011 at 10:37 am
Scumbag, I know you'll never read this, but I think I love you.

And thanks, Karma!
KarmaAteMyCat- June 5, 2011 at 10:32 am
Well written. Fuck the above hater.
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