by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Frankie Edgar – with recent wins over Hermes Franca and Sean Sherk under his belt – took a big risk fighting Matt Veach at The Ultimate Fighter season 10 finale on Saturday night. Despite coming in with a 10-0 record, Veach doesn’t yet have the name recognition of the opponents that Edgar has been beating.
Veach showed that danger early on as he scooped Edgar up and slammed him down, a la Matt Hughes, several times in the opening round.
Edgar kept his composure, however, and continually returned the fight to the feet where he looked much more sound than Veach. He used good head movement and a variety of striking to start edging ahead.
Midway through round two, Edgar landed a right hook that sent his opponent down. He immediately followed Veach to the mat and started a ground and pound attack. Veach gave up his back to get away from the strikes, but Edgar capitalized, securing a rear naked choke for the submission.
“I seen he was hurt and I just wanted to go in for the kill,” Edgar later commented. “I kind of had a slow start. He’s a strong dude; he was game. Made my adjustments. Second round, felt a lot better, and was able to finish him.”
Edgar has just one slip on his record, a decision loss to Gray Maynard. Improving his overall record to 11-1 on Saturday night, his three straight victories should keep his name in the title picture.
NFL veterans Marcus Jones and Matt Mitrione, who had a blow-up on the final episode of the regular season of The Ultimate Fighter, finally got the chance to settle their differences in the Octagon.
Jones did well in the opening round, taking Mitrione down several times, but was unable to do much damage. Mitrione consistently escaped the ground and brought the fight back to the feet.
They came out swinging to open round two. It would be Mitrione that landed the first and deadly strike. Jones is uncomfortable on his feet, and it showed on Saturday night. He moved in, swinging away, but ate a Mitrione right hand for his efforts. The punch sent the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer crashing face first to the mat, giving Mitrione the win at 10 seconds of the second round.
“Marcus is much stronger than I give him credit for. I’m surprised how hard he punches to be honest,” said Mitrione after the fight, seeming to let go of the conflict between them on the show. “I’m glad I caught him. It was a lot of fun to fight him. Marcus is a good dude.”