Court McGee and Kris McCray meet in “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 finale Saturday night in Las Vegas. Keith Jardine and Matt Hamill square off in the night’s co-main event at the Pearl at the Palms.
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ULTIMATE FIGHTER 11 FINALE PLAY-BY-PLAY:
COURT MCGEE VS. KRIS MCCRAY
R1 – Neither fighter waits as they both start punching at the bell. Both fighters are getting there shots in early, but McGee edges ahead by taking McCray down with a bodylock. He starts working from inside McCray’s full guard, pushing him to the fence and ground and pounding. McCray is able to get back to his feet, but is put immediately back down on the bat, McGee again working from full guard. McGee stands up and as he passes guard drops a hard punch down that hits its mark… McCray’s head. McGee lands a couple more shots before McCray regains his fet and they trade a few punches in the clinch. McGee again applies a bodylock and scores the takedown, landing in half guard. McCray escapes and gets back to his feet, landing several punches right away. McCray flies in with a knee that doesn’t really land, but eats a right hook from McGee for his efforts.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for McGee
R2 – McCray comes out firing, but not landing. They clinch, McGee getting the better of it with knees to the body before taking McCray down again, nearly securing a side choke from full mount. Giving up on the choke, McGee starts peppering McCray with punches to the head and body. McCray turns to try and escape, McGee takes his back, but can’t get the hooks in and McCray scrambles back to their feet. McGee quickly shoots the double-leg takedown and drives McCray into the mat. McGee starts working from half guard, moves around to McCray’s back and works in the rear naked choke, causing McCray to tap out.
Court McGee def. Kris McCray by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:41, R2
Court McGee is the Season 11 Ultimate Fighter…
MATT HAMILL VS. KEITH JARDINE
R1 – Jardine showing a lot of movement early, circling away from Hamill. They clinch briefly, Hamill landing some punches to the body and short uppercuts before separating. Jardine starts to utilize his reach, landing his jab, while shifting stances frequently. A little over midway through the round Jardine drives in with a flurry of punches, most landing. Jardine starts mixing up his kicks and punches more as the round winds down, landing a hard kick to Hamill’s lead leg and another to the body. Jardine’s hand speed is good, letting loose three or four punches for nearly every single punch that Hamill throws.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Jardine
R2 – Hamill starts looking for the takedown right away, but Jardine does a good job defending and landing his jab, followed by a kick to the body. Just as Hamill starts to get his jab going, Jardine lands two solid kicks to his lead leg and another to the head. Hamill is getting his punching going much more this round, still taking several kicks to the lead leg, but getting some heavy shots in on Jardine. Just as Hamill appears to get going, he takes thumb in his right eye, but says he can continue. Referee Herb Dean takes a point away from Jardine, even though the thumb seemed inadvertent. Jardine comes out firing away, but eats a hard shot from Hamill that rocks him. Hamill then takes Jardine down. Hamill stays on his feet, punching the downed Jardine in the head. As Jardine gets up, a crimson mask across his face, Hamill knees him to the face. They separate and throw punches until the bell.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-8 for Hamill
R3 – Jardine starts the round still bleeding from a cut in between his eyes and eats a left uppercut from Hamill right away. Jardine tries to get his movement going and starts jabbing again. Hamill shoots and takes Jardine down, quickly moving to his back, punching Jardine in the face. Jardine’s face is once again a bloody mess, but he manages to get up to his feet. Dean calls timeout to check the cut, a huge gash in between Jardine’s eyes, but the doctor allows it to continue. Jardine immediately lands a hard uppercut on the restart, but looks very tired. Hamill looks weary as well. Hamill is pushing his jab out there, but not really any snap to it. He appears to be fading fast. Jardine keeps circling out, but can’t seem to take advantage of Hamill’s slowing pace. Hamill lands a knee following a brief break for Jardine to put his mouthpiece back in. Jardine is throwing his jab out, landing intermittently, but isn’t mounting much damage. Hamill keeps stalking. Jardine is still the much busier fighter as the round closes.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Jardine; the fight a 28-28 draw.
Matt Hamill def. Keith Jardine by Majority Decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28), R3
CHRIS LEBEN VS. AARON SIMPSON
R1 – Leben lands a couple leg kicks early, Simpson some punches, but it is Simpson that makes the first big impression, scooping Leben up and slamming him to the mat. As Leben tries to get up, Simpson puts him in a guillotine choke and drives a knee to his face, but somehow Leben still escapes. They clinch on the cage, Leben doing a good job punching to the body. Simpson reverses, pressing Leben to the cage, driving knees into his thighs before they separate. Simpson lands a couple straight rights, drives Leben to the cage and scoops him up and slams him again, peppering him with punches on the mat. Leben gets back to his feet quickly though. They trade numerous punches, Leben landing the harder shots, but Simpson clinches, pressuring Leben against the cage until the bell.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Simpson
R2 – Simpson lands a strong punch combination, Leben a left knee to the chin. They slug is out briefly before Simpson clinches, but can’t do anything with it before they separate. They get in a punch exchange, Leben winning it, driving Simpson into the cage with heavy hooking punches. Simpson clinches to stop the onslaught and works the body with punches a bit before they separate. Both fighters slow through the middle of the round, but it’s still Leben landing the heavier shots, albeit less frequently than earlier in the round. Leben opens up on Simpson with one minute left, driving home numerous hard shots that leave Simpson wobbled. Simpson stumbles, gets up, eats a few more punches, and stumbles across the cage, falling to the ground before referee Josh Rosenthal steps in to call the fight.
Chris Leben def. Aaron Simpson by TKO (Strikes) at 4:17, R2
SPENCER FISHER VS. DENNIS SIVER
R1 – Fisher lands the first blow, a kick to Siver’s body. They trade a few more blows, jockeying for position before Fisher lands a kick to Siver’s groin, pausing the action. Back at it, Fisher does a good job countering Siver’s kick with a straight left hand. Siver lands a front push kick to Fisher’s chin, backing him up. Fisher moves right back in, throwing punches, but Siver lands a hard right hand in return. Siver is bleeding from a cut over his left eye, however. Both fighters are throwing for the knockout, but it’s Siver that lands a clean left-right combination that snaps Fisher’s head back. Fisher answers with a left kick to the body and a right jab that finds Siver’s cut. Siver is bleeding heavily now, the blood dripping onto his chest. Siver is missing more frequently now, while Fisher’s accuracy improves as he does a good job mixing up his punches and kicks.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Fisher.
R2 – Fisher lands a left high kick to Siver’s face, but Siver toughs it out and stays in rhythm. Fisher is using good movement to keep Siver from finding his mark very often. Fisher being left-handed also seems to be throwing Siver off. Fisher moving in and out, landing a lot of kicks this round, both high and low. Midway through the round, Siver catches Fisher’s right leg and counters with a strong right hand, putting Fisher on his backside, but lets him up. Siver is really pushing the pace in the second half of the round, starting to utilize his kicks much more frequently now. Fisher lands a punch to the body, but pays for it with a hard kick to the body.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Siver.
R3 – fisher again starts with a kick to the head, although it doesn’t land cleanly, but then takes a low kick to the groin. They quickly restart the fight, both men gunning for the knockout with their punching. Neither fighter lands much in the first couple minutes of the round, but it is Siver pushing the pace, landing a good kick to the body. Fisher lands a knee to the face midway through the round, but Siver keeps gunning with a flurry of punches, outscoring Fisher. Siver still is the busier fighter, but Fisher lands an effective series of punches. One minute left in the round now. Fisher getting his bob and weave going again, lands a knee to the chin. Siver keeps coming, but Fisher is landing occasionally here where Siver is not.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 and the fight 29-28 for Fisher.
Denis Siver def. Spencer Fisher by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28), R3
JAMIE YAGER VS. RICH ATTONITO
R1 – Yager strikes first with a couple uppercuts and a low right kick. Attonito has a hard time finding his distance, while Yager is swinging with big, wide hooks, though they’re not finding their mark much. Attonito snags a takedown, but Yager gets right back to his feet before Attonito can capitalize. Attonito is having a difficult time finding his mark on the feet. Yager is the busier fighter, missing frequently, but also landing shots here and there. Attonito catches a kick and drives Yager into the cage, but Yager is doing a great job defending Attonito’s takedown attempts and lands a couple leg kicks on the break. Attonito lands his best shot of the round, a straight right, with about 30 seconds left in the round, but Yager fires back strong.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Yager.
R2 – Yager is doing a good job diving in with his punches and feinting, keeping Attonito at a difficult distance for takedowns and also keeping him off balance. Yager is landing some solid right hands, but now Attonito is doing a better job with his timing and counter-punching. Attonito lands two solid left hooks and a right hand to the body. Yager looks like he’s slowly running out of gas. Yager is missing a lot more now and dropping his hands a lot, eating a lot of punch combinations from Attonito, taking a lot more punishment than in round one. Attonito gets Yager to the mat and quickly takes his back, working for the rear naked choke. Attonito climbs on Yager’s back, gets the hooks in, and pounds away at the sides of Yager’s head until referee Steve Mazzagatti steps in to stop the fight.
Rich Attonito def. Jamie Yager by TKO (Strikes) at 4:25, R2
JOHN GUNDERSON VS. MARK HOLST
R1 – Holst as the taller fighter keeping Gunderson on the outside. Holst trying to take Gunderson in a modified guillotine gets rocked by Gunderson with a quick takedown. Gunderson on top, in control. Takes side mount, Holst not really fighting him off now in half mount. Gunderson picks up Holst and administers a micro-slam then throwing some vicious ground and pound in the final seconds of round 1.
R2 – Gunderson immediately takes Holst down and is back on top. Gunderson working from side control clearly dominating the round with two minutes in. Holst trying to minimize damage in a defensive posture but can’t really control Gunderson. The referee stands them up. Holst rushes in with a quick takedown after the standup catching Gunderson off guard. Holst now on top but quickly abandons that course of action letting Gunderson to his feet. Fighters engage again resulting in a takedown by Gunderson in the final seconds of the round.
R3 – Gunderson shoots in and presses Holst up against the fence. Gunderson backs away and lands a nice one, two combo on Holst then takes Holst down to the ground. Gunderson doing a great job of controlling the pace of the fight. Gunderson getting the takedowns at will. Gunderson defending a sweep by Holst. Gunderson has Holst’s back now moving to full mount with Holst’s head up against the cage. Holst in trouble with nowhere to go as time runs out to end the bout.
John Gunderson def. Mark Hoist by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
BRAD TAVARES VS. SETH BACZYNSKI
R1 – Baczynski comes out swinging but Tavares dodges it and takes Baczynski to the ground. It doesn’t last long though as both fighters get to their feet again. Baczynski ties up Tavares in a triangle to an armbar but he loses the hold. Tavares swings around and takes Baczynski’s back but can’t seem to get the hooks in. Tavares with a body triangle lock on Baczynski but can’t make it happen before the clock runs out.
R2 – Tavares connects with an early left then swings around and lifts Baczynski totally off of his feet with a big takedown. Tavares working on Baczynski in the closed guard moving to half guard. Tavares trying to work his ground and pound as he keeps his eyes out for Baczynski’s up kicks. Tavares getting some nice shots on Baczynski but loses position. Tavares appears cut as Baczynski catches him with an elbow right above the eye. Tavares now in half guard dripping blood right into Baczynski’s eyes and face. A lot of blood now flowing from Tavares into the face of Baczynski to end the round.
R3 – Tavares shoots in trying to take Baczynski down to the ground. He ends up eventually getting him there. Trying to soften Baczynski up. Baczynski gets Tavares in a triangle hold looking to finish the fight with a very tight lock but Tavares slips out and takes Baczynski’s back. Baczynski now winded having used a large amount of energy with the triangle seconds earlier. Baczynski escapes from Tavares and ends up on top. With 10 seconds remaining both fighters struggle to make something happen but time runs out.
Brad Tavares def. Seth Baczynski by Unanimous Decision (29-28,29-28,29-28),R3.
KYLE NOKE VS. JOSH BRYANT
R1 – Noke establishes range early on with his reach and height advantage. Noke clinches for a moment then throws Bryant away from him seeming to prefer the distance between them over close combat. Noke rocks Bryant with a solid punch Bryant being noticeably dazed. Bryant trying to find his range struggling to get inside. Noke lands a couple leg kicks with Bryant trying to answer with a flurry of punches. Noke landing a few more leg kicks on Bryant. Bryant noticeably hurt by them as the round ends.
R2 – Fighters touch gloves and again Noke setting the pace of the fight. Noke lands a big left followed by a high leg kick. Noke again landing leg kick after leg kick slowing Bryant down. Bryant takes another leg kick from Noke wincing in pain. Bryant hobbling now on his right leg as Noke continues to hone in on Bryant left leg. Bryant gets rocked by a huge right by Noke followed by a straight kick to Bryant’s chest, Noke smells blood as Bryant crumbles to the ground Noke pounds Bryant until the fight is stopped.
Kyle Noke def. Josh Bryant by TKO at 3:12, R2.
JAMES HAMMORTREE VS. CHRIS CAMOZZI
R1 – Camozzi comes out and they exchange kicks early. Comozzi with quick jabs lands a hard inside leg kick. Hammortree trips up Camozzi then taking him hard against the fence. Fighters now in the clinch then break midway round one. Hammortree with a body kick Hammortree then comes in and takes a leg kick, grabs Camozzi’s leg and takes him town. Camozzi pops back up and seems to be setting the pace of the fight. Camozzi seems to have hurt his foot tangling it in the fence. The round finishes out.
R2 – Camozzi seems to be ok from the foot tangle, Hammortree with a knee to Camozzi’s thigh, Comozzi trying for double underhooks but Hammortree defends well. Fighters in the clinch Camozzi lands another huge knee. The fight is briefly stopped due to Vaseline in the eye of Hammortree. Camozzi nice knee to the face of Hammortree, fighters break for a moment then Camozzi lands another massive knee to Hammortree’s face. Hammortree fights back quickly and takes Camozzi down. Hammortree standing above Camozzi dropping in for the occational bomb. The fighters then both stand. Hammortree shoots in and takes Camozzi up against the fence which is quickly switched as Camozzi presses Hammortree up against the cage. Hammortree escapes and ends round 2.
R3 – Camozzi comes out with confidence but takes a knee from Hammortree. Camozzi answers with a knee of his own and catches Hammortree in the groin. (the fight is paused for a moment) Camozzi tries to catch a single but Hammortree fights him off. Hammortree’s knee meets Camozzi’s chest and Camozzi returns a nearly identical knee into Hammortree’s body. Fighters now slow the pace . Camozzi catches Hammortree with another huge knee to Hammortree’s face. The fighters clinch again as Hammortree tries for a take down. Hammortree looking as the clock realizes he must do something quickly swings wildly trying to go for anything. Camozzi catches him with a another kick and Hammortree grabs Camozzi in a guillotine chock pulling him down for the last 10 seconds of the round but is unable to submit Camozzi before the round ends.
Chris Camozzi def. James Hammortree by Unanimous Decision (29-28,30-27,30-27),R3.
JAMES MCSWEENEY VS. TRAVIS BROWNE
R1 – TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES feed started with about 1:30 left in the round, Browne is in control with a full mount. Browne continues to punish McSweeney with ground and pound as the ref stops the bout.
Travis Browne def. James McSweeney by TKO 4:32, R1
ULTIMATE FIGHTER 11 FINALE QUICK RESULTS:
Main Bouts (On Spike TV):
-Court McGee def. Kris McCray by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:41, R2
-Matt Hamill def. Keith Jardine by Majority Decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28), R3
-Chris Leben def. Aaron Simpson by TKO (Strikes) at 4:17, R2
-Denis Siver def. Spencer Fisher by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28), R3
-Rich Attonito def. Jamie Yager by TKO (Strikes) at 4:25, R2
Preliminary Bouts (Non-Televised):
-John Gunderson def. Mark Hoist by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
-Brad Tavares def. Seth Baczynski by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), R3
-Kyle Noke def. Josh Bryant by TKO at 3:12, R2
-Chris Camozzi def James Hammortree by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27), R3
-Travis Browne def James McSweeney by TKO at 4:32, R1