Okay, so "Heavyweights" wasn’t the best season of The Ultimate Fighter we’ve seen. Let’s be honest: Project Runway had a more talented group of fighters this year, and there weren’t as many divas. But tonight’s finale card will still give us a very entertaining night of fights, with two worthy TUF finalists, Kimbo Slice‘s (possibly) last stand, and the always exciting Jon Jones looking to launch to the next level against Matt Hamill. Round-by-round updates from the TUF 10 Finale are after the jump; refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest. We begin our evening’s entertainment with a grudge match between two ex-football players…
Kimbo working on his Thai clinch backstage. The next Anderson Silva? LOL, J/K.
Marcus Jones vs. Matt Mitrione
Mitrione vows to turn Marcus’s chin. Jones didn’t appreciate being disrespected on national television, and wants to break something of Matt’s. Mitrione is three inches shorter, but has a two-inch reach advantage. Meathead gets boos from the crowd, and Big Baby gets love.
Round 1: Jones opens with a leg kick, clinches, and takes Mitrione down. He immediately starts working his leg-over-the-head Baby Crucifix. But Mitrione gets to his feet. They separate. Jones charges in and eats some punches, and a knee while he shoots in. They clinch, and Jones has trouble taking Mitrione down. Knee to the leg from Jones. Knee to the head from Mitrione. Leg kick Jones. Jones grabs a guilltoine and falls down into guard with it. Mitrione pulls out. Jones looking for a triangle, but Mitrione escapes and starts kicking Jones’s legs. The ref stands ‘em up. Jones dashes in with a right and takes Mitrione down, but Meathead gets back up. Dirty boxing from Mitrione. They separate and Mitrione rocks Jones with some hard shots. Jones takes Mitrione down and tries the crucifix again as the round ends.
Round 2: Leg kick and right hand from Jones, but Mitrione counters with an on-the-button right hook and Jones goes down sleeping. God damn, all the villains are winning tonight! Jones pushed the pace and looked dangerous during the fight, but his standup defense was sorely lacking. It cost him. Matt Mitrione def. Marcus Jones via KO, 0:10 of round 2. Mitrione says he has "retard strength" like Marcus, but he was surprised at Big Baby’s power. Still, he was the better fighter tonight. It pains me to type that.
Round 1: Edgar fires the high kick right away. Veach shoots in from long distance and gets stuffed. Veach shoots again for a single and is stuffed again. Veach picks Edgar up and body-slams him, Hughes/Trigg style. Edgar gets up, and Veach stays on his back, and slams him again. Edgar again gets to his feet. Nice left hook from Veach when they separate from a clinch. Edgar lands a body kick and Veach stumbles backwards. They trade punches. Veach charges in with a left hook, then moves forward with more punches. Leg kick Edgar. Edgar tries to clinch and is brushed off. Veach tries a haymaker and Edgar ducks it and clinches. Edgar with a hard left when they separate. Veach shoots and Edgar dodges. Veach misses a Superman punch. Body punch Edgar. Left hook Veach. Veach catches a body kick from Edgar as the round ends. It probably belongs to Veach.
Round 2: Veach looking for the takedown again. He holds Edgar’s leg and there’s a brief stalemate against the fence. Edgar escapes, and lands a 1-2. Right straight from Edgar. Edgar blasts Veach with a right hand and Veach falls to the mat. Edgar on top looking to finish Veach with punches. Veach rolls and Edgar sinks the rear-naked choke. Veach taps. That’s what losing feels like, buddy. Frankie Edgar def. Matt Veach via submission (rear-naked choke), 2:22 round 2.
Later tonight, Dana White will announce the coaches for season 11 of TUF. Any guesses? Will Brock Lesnar coach against Shane Carwin from his hospital bed?
Hulk Hogan is a huge UFC fan, my brother. Apparently, the Hulkamania is coming to SpikeTV, as…I don’t know, he’s talking about pro wrestling or something. Joe Rogan looks *thrilled* to be interviewing him. Hulk’s TNA boss is former Designing Women star Dixie Carter, or maybe it’s a different woman with the same name. Who knows.
Round 1: Brammer comes out throwing kicks at all levels. Bocek stalks forward. Leg kick Brammer. Bocek lands a right and clinches. Bocek slips in a knee before they separate. Bocek shoots in and takes Brammer down, but Brammer pops up, with Bocek stuck on his back. Bocek slams Brammer down and takes his back. Bocek wraps his legs around Brammer in a body triangle. Brammer rolls and stands, but Bocek sticks to his back and sinks the flying rear-naked choke. Mark Bocek def. Joe Brammer via submission (rear-naked choke), 3:36 of round 1. That’s Bocek’s third consecutive rear-naked choke victory. Now honing his game American Top Team, Bocek is officially a lightweight threat.
Kimbo Slice vs. Houston Alexander
Houston is as scarily amped as ever. Kimbo is described by Buffer as a "brawler." Come on, we’re not even going to give him the respect of calling him a "freestyle fighter"?
Round 1: Houston circling on the outside, doing laps around the cage. The crowd gets antsy. Over a minute, and nobody’s thrown yet. Come on homey, it’s time for them dun dadas! Leg kick Houston. And another. And another. Kimbo trying to stalk him down. Houston giving way too much respect to Kimbo. The crowd boos. Leg kick Houston, and Kimbo throws a right. Leg kick Houston, and Kimbo charges in swinging, landing a couple shots in an exchange. Leg kick Houston. Kimbo counters with punches. Houston throws a knee in a clinch and dashes back out. Leg kick Houston. And one more. Kimbo very flat footed. Houston with more leg kicks. Kimbo jabs, Houston’s kicks. And that’s the horn. Bizarre first round.
Round 2: Houston circling again. Leg kicks from Houston. Kimbo chases with a right and misses. Rogan is shocked at how closely Houston is sticking to a gameplan, and how boring he’s become. Another leg kick. Kimbo tabs Houston with a jab. They clinch, and Kimbo takes Houston down. He lands in full mount, but Houston gets out. Houston slips throwing a kick and Kimbo is on him. They clinch, and and Kimbo gets in a hard body shot. Kimbo slams Houston to the mat. Houston gets up, but Kimbo drags him back down and starts laying leather. Houston rolls and Kimbo is on his back. Kimbo nearly wraps up a rear-naked choke, but Houston defends. Kimbo gets mount and drops elbows. Houston rolls and escapes out the back door. Kimbo grabs Houston and tries one more takedown as the round ends. 10-9 Ferguson. That was the best Kimbo Slice we’ve ever seen.
Round 3: Both guys are looking tired. Leg kick Houston. 1-2 from Houston, and they get to brawling. Both guys land jabs. Kimbo says "come on." Leg kick Houston. Kimbo lands a hard right. Jab Kimbo. Houston returns a left. Kimbo nods his approval. Houston drops Kimbo with a leg kick. Kimbo grabs Houston’s leg and takes *him* down. Kimbo in half-guard, punching Houston’s ribs. Josh Rosenthal breaks ‘em up and stands ‘em. Leg kick Houston. And another. Kimbo slowly chasing with punches. More leg kicks from Houston. Can he steal the round? Kimbo comes forward with punches and Houston fires back with an elbow and punch. The last round ends and both guys immediately put their hands on their knees, sucking air.
Kimbo Slice def. Houston Alexander via unanimous decision (?!) (29-28, 29-28, 30-27). Okay then. We’ll be seeing this guy again. But who will he get next? Another light-heavyweight puncher who agrees to fight ten pounds out of his weight class?
Matt Hamill vs. Jon Jones
Jones has 8.5 inches of reach advantage on the Hammer, and one Greg Jackson cornerman advantage.
Round 1: Bones throws out a high front kick. Hamill with a nice left hook. Jones goes low and high with kicks. Hamill jabbing. Hamill punches Jones in the leg. Jones tries a reverse side kick, and lands a body kick. Hamill responds with a spinning backfist that misses. Hamill catches a kick and tries to take Jones down, but Jones escapes. Jones throws his trademark spinning elbow, then throws more kicks. They clinch, and Jones throws Hamill to the mat, then starts throwing FIRE down from full mount. The pace of Jones’s’ punches and elbows from the top is scary, but he eventually slows down when the fight isn’t stopped. Mazzagatti pauses the fight when Jones throws a 12-to-6 elbow and pulls Jones off. But both of Hamill’s eyes are drenched in blood and he’s making no attept to get up. The fight is called. Hamill’s nose is badly split open.
Oh no. Oh, God no. Matt Hamill def. Jon Jones via DQ (illegal elbows). Matt Hamill says he injured his arm during the fight. He looks despondent. The crowd cheers Jon Jones. He says everything happens for a reason, and he’s thankful for everything. Christ. What a fiasco.
Round 1: Technical difficulties here; all I’m seeing is the faceoff-screen. And here we go. McSweeney tries a guillotine choke, but Schoonover pops out. McSweeney fires some downward elbows from his back then tries an armbar. Schoonover escapes and works some ground and pound from half-guard. McSweeney tosses him off and gets into side control. He transitions to mount, then takes Schoonover’s back when Titties rolls. But Schoonover rolls again. McSweeney gets up and stomps Schoonover in the gut. Schoonover gets up and they start throwing bombs. Push kick McSweeney and the round ends. Schoonover has definitely put on weight since the show.
Round 2: They get to brawling right away. Schoonover slips and McSweeney dives in with a punch. McSweeney with some shots to the head and belly from the top. McSweeney gets a little too excited firing a haymaker from the top and Schoonover almost rolls away. McSweeney on his feet firing punches to a kneeling Schoonover. McSweeney on Schoonover’s back, putting knees in Schoonover’s ribs. Schoonover reverses briefly, but McSweeney rolls him and gets into side control. Schoonover tries an armbar. McSweeney escapes. He gets full mount, but Schoonover rolls. The round ends.
Round 3: Push kick McSweeney, then a leg kick and a knee in the clinch. McSweeny slams Schoonover to the mat and gets into side control, dropping elbows. The ref breaks ‘em after action slows down. Schoonover with a right straight and a body kick. Push kick McSweeney. McSweeney lands some punches. Schoonover comes in with a wide punch and clinches. McSweeney tosses him off and lands a flying knee and a head kick, then a knee in the clinch. McSweeney lands a right, and a left, and a right, and Schoonover hits the deck covering his head. The ref steps in to save him.
Dana White announces that Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz will be the coaches of TUF 11. "At the end of the day, I’m not his dad" says Dana of his decision to stop protecting the health of his friend. Dana says the fighters will be middleweights, and Chuck is excited to get back in the game. So, Liddell/Ortiz III is on the horizon. Dana says the fans want to see it. Do you?
Roy Nelson vs. Brendan Schaub
We spend a few minutes checking out both guys’ training camps and significant others. Nelson comes out to "I’m Fat" by Weird Al. "Oh no he didn’t," Goldie says. Joe Rogan talks about Nelson’s fight against Andrei Arlovski, and the unfortunate moment where he was stood up despite the fact that he was working for a kimura in side control. Rogan disses EliteXC and their efforts to keep their fighters standing. But Kimbo’s still cool, right Joe? Roy Nelson is introduced as a "kung fu fighter."
Round 1: Schaub jabs, using his reach. Nelson shoots, and Schaub defends and unloads some punches. Nelson clinches and scores the takedown. Nelson in half-guard, looking for an armlock. He moves to side control. Schaub powers his way up and they’re standing again. Straight right from Schaub. More long-range punches from Schaub. Schaub sticks the jab. Nelson lands a right. Left hook Schaub, and a jab. Nelson puts Schaub’s lights out with a right hand and gives him one more shot on the ground just to make sure. Nelson jumps on the cage and does his belly rub. Forrest Griffin loves it. Rashad Evans hates it. Roy Nelson def. Brendan Schaub via KO, 3:45 of round 1. Nelson says he’s a little tired, and he wants some Burger King, but he feels pretty good overall. He says Kimbo had more experience, and he’s just the fat underdog, but he still pulled it off. Nelson takes the TUF 10 trophy and smushes it on his belly.