Ultimate Fighter Season 13 winner Tony Ferguson and former uncrowned UFC lightweight king Yves Edwards took it the distance at Saturday night’s Ultimate Fighter 14 Season Finale in Las Vegas, putting on a striking clinic.
Ferguson, much bigger than Edwards, started strong, chopping away at Edwards’ lead leg with some harsh low kicks that went unchecked. He staggered Edwards late in the opening round, driving him around the ring, but Edwards dug deep and answered with a head kick and punch combination.
Edwards turned it up a notch in the second round, finding more openings for his combinations and landing several head kicks, although none were solid enough to drop Ferguson.
The third round was another toe-to-toe battle, but Ferguson finally got his jab into the act, utilizing it well, keeping Edwards searching for an opening that never appeared.
Taking it to the wire, with any takedowns being but a feeble distraction to their striking performance, Ferguson took the unanimous decision from the judges, improving his in-Octagon record to 3-0.
“I give my hat to Yves right here man,” said a grinning Ferguson after the fight. “He came out and threw exactly what we thought. I didn’t think it was gonna go three, but I’m glad it did. I really learned a lot.”