Round 1: They touch gloves and The Ultimate Fighter 16: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson final is underway. Ricci misses with a high kick. Smith drops down for a single leg. Ricci stuffs it and unleashes elbows. They scramble. Smith presses Ricci against the cage. He secures a takedown. Ricci works his way back to his feet but Smith drags him to the canvas. Ricci stands and Smith works to take his back. Smith takes Ricci’s back. Smith softens Ricci up with short punches. Smith is looking to set up a choke. Ricci reverses the position and gets back to his feet. Ricci moving forward while Smith circles on the outside. Smith ties him up. Smith presses Ricci against the cage and slams him to the canvas. Smith lands knees to the body and leg of Ricci. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Smith.
Round 2: Ricci gets hit in the groin with a kick. Smith rushes in and Ricci lands a right hand. The referee lets the fight continue. Smith closes the distance and presses Ricci against the fence. Smith secures a takedown. He works punches to Ricci’s body. Ricci stands but Smith has his back. Smith works for a rear naked choke. He flattens Ricci out, but Ricci escapes. Ricci stands and Smith ties him up and slams him to the canvas. Smith his having his way with Ricci thus far. Smith takes his back and works for a choke. He lets it go. A minute remains in the round. Smith lands an elbow followed by a hammer fist. Ricci showing good defense but is being dominated. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Smith.
Round 3: Ricci is down two rounds and needs a finish to win. They exchange leg kicks. Smith drives forward and ties Ricci up. Smith slips around to Ricci’s back. Smith works a neck crank before giving it up. Smith is working hard to get the choke. Ricci defends it, but Smith is smothering him. Smith mounts Ricci. Ricci rolls, giving up his back. Smith lands a series of punches to the side of Ricci’s head. Ricci rolls but Smith stays on him. Smith works for an arm triangle but quickly gives up on it. Ricci explodes over and gains top position. He takes Smiths back. Smith tries to shake him off, but Ricci goes for an arm bar. Smith gets loose and takes Ricci’s back. The round ends with Smith landing short punches to the side of Ricci’s head. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Smith.
The judges score it for Smith by unanimous decision. Colton Smith wins The Ultimate Fighter 16, the six-figure UFC contract, the plaque and custom Harley Davidson. The scorecards read: 30-27, 30-27, and 30-26.