The UFC finished off International Fight Week with a trilogy that was a lot more hype then an actual fight. Frankie Edgar dismantled a nonchalant B.J. Penn, finishing him off with some devastating ground and pound in the third round. All Frankie Edgar had to do was win tonight to pull off the hat trick this weekend, with all four finalists from the Ultimate Fighter 19 coming from his team. Both Corey Anderson and Eddie Gordon went home as the winners of the series, granting them multi-fight deals with the organization. The TUF 19 season lacked quite a bit of spice from the fighters, the seasoning was finally provided though as both Anderson and Gordon provided first round finishes in the finale. Such a monumental week for the organization, with two great events to provide a final curtain. Dana White and company could not have done a better job this 4th of July week.
Frankie Edgar defeats B.J. Penn via TKO (Strikes) Rd. 3 It has been such a great career for “The Prodigy” B.J. Penn, but enough is enough here, retirement should be highly considered at this point for the Hawaiian native. Frankie Edgar had “The Answer” in every facet of the match, imposing his will at all costs to stop this contest. Penn was never competitive in this bout, and had no answer for what Edgar was throwing his way. Combinations, movement, take downs; Edgar just could not seem to keep up or find his range. Another question that needs to be answered here is when does Frankie Edgar get another shot at the title? For as how bad B.J. was, Edgar was just that much better in every case of the meaning. If Edgar is not awarded a title bout, maybe a possible fight with Cub Swanson could make some sort of sense. Edgar was very humble in his post fight interview in the cage, noting that he should not be in the cage with the best at this stage of his career. “The Prodigy” did not win tonight, but a Hall of Fame induction should be in his very near future.
Corey Anderson defeats Matt Van Buren via TKO (Strikes) Rd. 1 Corey Anderson slightly disappointed the fans in attendance when he decided not to do the “Hammer Time” dance when he came out to “You Can’t Touch This” by M.C. Hammer, but he sure made up for it inside the cage, laying down the hammer on an overwhelmed Van Buren. The two took part in a few brief exchanges in the beginning moments of the first round, Anderson caught him sleeping, then it became a matter of survival for Van Buren, while Corey Anderson rained down the strikes. Anderson threw him down once, and pummeled him with punches. Van Buren got right back up and got planted with some more heavy blows, Anderson then threw him down once again and finished him off. Van Buren had no answer for the barrage of punches. The ref had to step in to stop the punishment, awarding Anderson the technical knockout, and the UFC TUF 19 light heavyweight trophy, in the very first round.
Eddie Gordon defeats Dhiego Lima via TKO (Strikes) Rd. 1 Eddie “Truck” Gordon ran over Dhiego Lima in the first round, rocking the favorite early and dismantling him until the bout was stopped. Gordon was a slight underdog coming into the fight, but put on quite the spectacular show in pounding out his teammate from the UFC’s Ultimate Fighter 19 season. Gordon pressed the action early, constantly staying in Lima’s face until he dropped him. Gordon decision’d his way into the finals on the T.V. series, winning all three of his fights on the show by decision. Dana White wanted to see more action and finishes on the show, he just had to wait until the finale to see Eddie Gordon at his best. The victory makes Eddie Gordon the winner of the Ultimate Fighter 19 middleweight divison, awarding him a trophy to display, and a brand spanking new contract with the organization.
Derrick Lewis defeats Guto Inocente via TKO (Punches) Rd. 1 “The Black Beast” does not have the prettiest striking in the division, nor the greatest accuracy, but when that right hand finds a home, it is almost all but over from there. Lewis threw heavy bombs that did not seem to land much through the first round. After Lewis threw Inocente to the ground, the ground and pound did just the trick to clock him out. The punches were short, accurate and held plenty of “oomph” behind them when planting them on Guto’s face. Guto Inocente was never really able to establish his striking from the start, falling victim to the sludge hammer like hands of Lewis. Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis has now notched two victories under his belt in the UFC heavyweight division.
Dustin Ortiz defeats Justin Scoggins via Split Decision Justin Scoggins threatened early with what seemed to be a very deep armbar; Ortiz was able to function in survival mode long enough, and hang on for a split decision. The flyweight scrap turned out to be a mesmerizing grappling display between the two, Ortiz found himself in controlling positions more often than not, keeping the twitchy Scoggins on his back for a good portion of the second and third rounds. Scoggins landed some shots early on in the third round, while landing a take down of his own. Ortiz reversed his fortunes though, and stayed on top in guard for the remainder of the round. Scoggins suffered his first loss in his career tonight, while Ortiz has now won two fights in a row.
In other notable fights on the prelims, Leandro Issa pulled off a spectacular comeback submission victory over Jumabieke Tuerxun. Adriano Martins landed the “one hitter quitter” knockout over Juan Manuel Puig; and Robert Drysdale impressed in his octagon debut, submitting Keith Berish by Rear-Naked Choke. All the official results are listed down below for viewing.
Kevin Lee defeats Jesse Ronson via Split Decision, Leandro Issa defeats Jumabieke Tuerxun via Submission (Armbar) Rd.3, Adriano Martins defeats Juan Manuel Puig via KO (Punch) rd. 2, Patrick Walsh defeats Daniel Spohn via Unanimous Decision, Sarah Moras defeats Alexis Dufrense via Unanimous Decision, Robert Drysdale defeats Keith Berish via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) Rd. 1
The Ultimate Fighting Championship will not be back in the cage until July 16, when Donald Cerrone will take on fellow lightweight Jim Miller in the main event taking place in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Three days later Ireland star Conor McGregor faces off with Brazilian Diego Brandao as the main event in Dublin Ireland. Both events will be covered by the Guardian Liberty Voice. For anything and everything MMA and UFC related, tune into the MMA Spotlight section to get caught up on the action.
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