The UFC Nations Finale event finally has two Ultimate fighter winners, an Ultimate Fighter Coach who won; and a ending result to two ranked Middleweights in the main event. The card itself started off slow in the prelims but picked up as the fights went on. The Guardian Liberty voice has all the coverage of all 13 events, scroll below to see all the results.
Tim Kennedy defeats Michael Bisping – Unanimous Decision
Tim Kennedy did exactly what was predicted in the Guardian Liberty Voice preview of the Bisping vs Kennedy main event. The first, third, and fifth rounds; Kennedy found a way to get Bisping down to the mat. In two of those rounds the UFC middleweight passed into dominant positions such as full mount, such positions Bisping isn’t accustomed to giving up. While landing the takedowns, Kennedy also managed to land heavy shots throughout the whole fight, hurting Bisping numerous times. Bisping was coming off a year long layoff with an injury. As much as fighters don’t like to talk about ring rust, Bisping definitely looked the part. The once highly ranked UFC middleweight contender looked quite tentative in his strikes, and his usual strong take down defense was easily penetrable by Kennedy. With two losses in his last three fights, Bisping may look to get back into the octagon as soon as he can to knock off the rust that lost him this fight tonight.
Patrick Cote defeats Kyle Noke – Unanimous Decision
The UFC coaches finally squared off after a long season on TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia. With Canadians commanding the four finalist positions, Kyle Noke was looking to bring back home a victory for himself and the Aussie team. Both landed their own significant strikes throughout the fight, Cote was able to pull off rounds with his take downs. Cote was the aggressor the whole fight and did exactly what he needed to do to get by Kyle Noke with the decision victory.
Elias Theodorou defeats Sheldon Westcott – TKO (Strikes) 4:41 of 2nd Round
Sheldon Westcott came out fast and furious, literally, before he even entered the cage. Shot out of a cannon Westcott pressed the action in the first round but seemed to run out of gas in the 2nd. Theodorou pounced on his gassed opponent, slamming him to the canvas numerous times and finally finishing Westcott off with a flurry of punches in the 2nd round. The TKO victory awarded Elias Theodorou the TUF Nations middleweight UFC six figure contract.
Chad Laprise defeats Olivier Aubin-Mercier – Unanimous Decision
This fight was pretty simple to predict from the get go. If Chad Laprise was able to defend Mercier’s take downs and keep this fight standing, he would win the fight; and that’s exactly what he did. Mercier was able to get Laprise to the ground a few times but was not able to work his submission game. Laprise easily out struck Mercier on the feet and coasted on to a decision victory; winning the welterweight six figure contract with the organization after making it through the TUF Nations season to the finale.
Dustin Poirier defeats Akira Corassani – TKO (Strikes) 42 seconds into the 2nd Round
Arguably the most exciting fight of the main card, Corassani and Poirier exchanged at the center of the cage, with Corassani winning the early exchanges. Mid way through the first round the heavy handed Corassani caught Poirier and had Dustin stumbling through the rest of the round. Poirier came out firing in the second and rocked Akira within seconds, the rest of the round consisted of Poirier pounding him out until the ref finally bestowed mercy upon Corassani.
KJ Noons defeats Sam Stout – KO (Punch) 30 seconds into 1st round
Boy that was brutal, KJ Noons landed the right hand heard around the world on Sam Stout’s chin. After a shortened feel out period KJ decided it was long enough and boom came the dynamite. Sam Stout didn’t even have a chance, Noons pounced him and landed two punches while Stout was out, and the ref jumped in to stop it. Sout was so hurt he had no clue he was putting the ref into a guillotine choke as he was pulling Noons off of him.
Sarah Kaufman defeats Leslie Smith – Unanimous Decision
A rematch from years before, Leslie Smith had eight days to prepare for a rematch she’s been waiting for; too bad Kaufman was ready to go as well. Every punch, kick, and combination the UFC newcomer threw at Kaufman, she answered; and more. Kaufman used superior striking and precise angles to dismantle Leslie Smith to lead her to victory. The only women’s fight was arguably one of the more entertaining fights on the card. Sarah Kaufman landed the 3rd most significant strikes ever landed by a fighter with 202.
Ryan Jimmo defeats Sean O’Connell – KO (Punch) 4:27 of 1st Round
This fight was odd from the start, after their bizarre weigh in to today; nothing came as expected except for the outcome. Sean O’Connell started off landing his shots and pressing Jimmo against the cage at will, and had Jimmo somewhat staggered towards the end of the first round. Jimmo fought back in dramatic fashion and caught O’Connell with a devastating right hand, sending him to the canvas; leaving the ref to step in before anymore damage was done.
George Roop defeats Dustin Kimura – Unanimous Decision
With an arsenal of strikes and wrestling, Roop controlled the fight throughout the contest. Roop used his top control game to control Kimura on the mat and did not allow Kimura to get off much offense. Kimura’s submission attempts fell short, and Roop was never in arms way of losing this fight.
Mark Bocek defeats Mike de la Torre – Split Decision
Torre surprised everyone by his gamer mentality. This fight was supposed to be Bocek versus Evan Dunham, but Torre showed he was no slouch, giving Bocek everything he could ask for and more. Bocek had issues getting the young man to the mat and controlling positions when he did. Torre used a nice combination of upper cuts and kicks to batter and bloody Bocek. When it came down to the decision though, the judges thought Bocek landed the more significant punches and awarded him for his few take downs to win the split decision. Only one can hope Mike de la Torre gets another shot in the UFC.
Nordine Taleb defeats Vik Grujic – Unanimous Decision
This fight was basic to its core, and one of the least exciting of the card. Nordine Taleb used constant pressure and wrestling to continuously take down Grujic. Every round was the same story as Grujic never had an answer for Taleb’s strong wrestling game.
Richard Walsh defeats Chris Indich – Unanimous Decision
Walsh made a nice UFC impression in his first go round. The battle of the beards turned into a survival match for Indich has Walsh constantly rag dolled him around the ring. Walsh hurt his foe with ground and standing strikes, and could have finished Indich with ease if he didn’t constantly wrap up after landing his shots. Either way his strong debut may have paved the way for a few more fights in the UFC.
Mitch Gagnon defeats Tim Gorman – Unanimous Deicision
To kick off the card these two exchanged blows for the first time in an octagon ring. Gagnon was the more active fighter, landing more of the significant strikes while landing two of his three take down attempts. Gagnon used some nice ground and pound to seal the deal to win the first fight on the UFC TUF Nations card.
Dustin Poirier and Akira Corassani earned Fight of the Night honors, each earning $50,000 a piece. Both KJ Noons and Ryan Jimmo also received Performance of the Night bonuses as well for their respective knockouts, each receiving $50,000. For it being the first time that the UFC has been in Quebec City, Canada; the events lived up to the billing. Fight fans wanting more action are in for a treat, as they will be heading to Orlando, Florida on Saturday. Travis Browne will be taking on Fabricio Werdum for a possible number one contender-ship spot in the heavyweight division. Stay tuned in at the Guardian Liberty Voice, There is more MMA and UFC action yet to come this weekend.
Commentary by Justin Huffman