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The Ultimate Fighter season eight finale takes place Saturday night at The Palms in Las Vegas. MMAWeekly is brining you live results and play-by-play from the event as it takes place.
The light heavyweight final features Ryan Bader against Vinicius Magalhaes, as Phillipe Nover and Efrain Escudero square off in the lightweight division.
The Ultimate Fighter Finale main card airs on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday night. The preliminary bouts should begin about 3:30 p.m. PT / 6:30 p.m. ET.
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Efrain Escudero vs. Phillipe Nover
Nover leads with high kick, no dice. Escudero returns. Nover comes in with punches and gets taken down quickly. Escudero working from Nover’s guard. Nover catches a right hand as he escapes to standing. Escudero takes Nover’s back in the subsequent scramble. Escudero works for the choke. Escudero briefly gains mount in transition, Nover works to half guard, but eats several punches in the process. Escudero stands up and returns to Nover’s guard. Nover slaps on a triangle, uses Escudero’s attempts to escape to get to his feet. Again, Nover overcommits to punches and gets taken down. Nover again works for triangle. Ecudero stands out of it. Escudero lands big shot when following Nover to the ground. Escudero stands over Nover and kicks the legs of his downed foe. Nover stands up and Escudero disengages. Nover charges in with knees and the two clinch against the cage. Round ends with two struggling for position.
Nover comes in with a kick and two big punches and again gets taken down. Escudero passes to side mount. Escudero stands over Nover. Escudero kicks Nover’s legs. Nover stands up. Nover catches Escudero with glancing knee, but the two clinch. Nover has body lock against cage. The two trade knees. They break from the clinch. Escudero lands inside leg kicks. Every time Nover advances with punches, he is taken down, and once again, Escudero is on top against the cage, working from Nover’s half guard. Nover elbows Escudero’s right leg. Escudero works punches to the body. Action stalls. Nover escapes and hurls himself across the Octagon, landing a big kick to Escudero’s body. In return, he gets taken down at the bell.
Nover leads with inside leg kick and head kick. Nover connects with two punches, but the story of the fight is the same. Escudero takes it down, landing in half guard. Escudero stands over Nover before letting him up. Nover lands a jab. Escudero re-sets. Nover gets a little too punch happy, and you know what happens. This time, Nover briefly works for a kimura in half-guard. Nover locks Escudero’s right shoulder up and elbows it. Nover trying to work his left foot under Escudero’s neck for an oma plata. Nover gets the oma plata and rolls Escudero over with it. Nover stands and works over a fallen Escudero. Nover lands in side mount. All three judges see it in Escudero’s favor, awarding him three 29-28 scores.
Vinicius Magalhaes vs. Ryan Bader
Bader closes distance, fires off a leg kick. Magalhaes comes back with body kick. Bader with a left hook, misses with hook-cross combo. Outside leg kick lands for Bader. Bader catches body kick but can’t take Magalhaes down. Magalhaes misses head kick. Bader rushes in but nothing doing. The two throw kicks at same time, Bader falls, but gets up quickly. The two trade kicks. Magalhaes lands left hook. Bader with a cross to the body. Bader lands overhand right that drops Magalhaes to the mat. Bader follows him to the ground with strikes, but Magalhaes rolls to his side, clearly done. Ref Herb Dean steps in to make it official at 2:18.
Anthony Johnson vs. Kevin Burns
The two comes out trading punches and kicks. An errant inside leg kick catches Burns, but all is ok. Burns land a body kick and follow up right. Johnson returns with right high kick. Burns again lands right hook. The two stand two to toe and trade. Johnson ducks under a Burns flurry and takes the fight down. Burns works for armbar. Johnson gets up, then flings himself into side mount. Burns locks a reverse triangle, but Johnson pulls out. Johnson working left hands from inside Burns’ guard. Ref Mario Yamasaki stands the fight up. Josn lands a right hand as Burns kicks, standing over the downed fighter. Johnson kicks at Burns’ legs. Burns is stood up. The two swing for the fences. Johnson lands big kick to the body and a right hand as the round ends.
Johnson with left kick to the body. Burns repays with leg kick. The two trade leg kicks. Johnson shoos for a single leg, drags Burns down. Burns retorts with a kimura from the bottom. Johnson pulls his arm out. Burns gets full guard back. Johnson land two elbows from the top. Burns fires back with elbows from the bottom. More ground and pound from Johnson. Johnson postures up and receives a triangle attempt. Burns uses cage to go for an armbar, but Johnson pulls out and lands a big hammerfist to end the round.
Johnson lands inside leg kick. Burns comes back with one of his own. Johnson lands left lab. As Burns comes in with left hook, Johnson lands left head kick that knocks him out cold. Their rematch is over at :28.
Wilson Gouveia vs. Jason MacDonald
Gouviea with inside leg kick to open bout. MacDonald goes for a single leg takedown, Gouveia fighting it. MacDonald pulls the American Top Team fighter off the cage and drags him to the mat. Gouviea kicks MacDonald off and they’re back on their feet. Gouveia escapes off the cage. The two trade jabs. Another heavy leg kick from Gouveia. A Gouviea jab cracks MacDonald as he advances, then another straight left drops the Canadian. Gouveia follows him to the mat and begins an onslaught of right elbows from the half guard. One opens up a large cut on MacDonald’s forehead. After taking several hard shots, referee Josh Rosenthal steps in at 2:18. A UFC official later confirms that MacDonald verbally submitted to the strikes.
David Kaplan vs. Junie Browning
Browning introduced to a mixture of boos and cheers. Kpalan immediately closes distance. Browning circles around and throws an inside leg kick that connects spot-on to Kaplan’s groin. After a short break, Kaplan closes distance again, lands outside leg kick. Junie returns with a one-two and leg kick, circles away, then connects solid with a one-two that rattles Kaplan. Kaplan close again and connects with several punches and kicks. The two spill to the mat and Kaplan works for an ankle lock. Browning says “no way.” The two scramble and Browning gets Kaplan’s back briefly before the two return to their feet. Browning teeing off on Kaplans’ face. Browning follows with leg kicks and a shot to the body. Kaplan gets a body lock and scoops Browning off his feet. Kaplan stands over Browning and goes again for ankle lock. Browning takes the opportunity to stand up and wrestles Kaplan down, landing in side mount. Browning takes Kaplan’s back, works for choke, but Kaplan peels off Browning’s leg and spins into guard. He can’t hold Browning there for long; the two stand against the cage and trade short punches. Browning is getting the better of all standing exchanges.
Kaplan again begins stalking Browning. Browning shoots for a takedown and nails it with a quick change in direction off the cage, landing in Kaplan’s half guard. Browning throws backward elbows from side mount. Browning passes to side guard, then spins into an armbar during a scramble and secures the tapout at 1:32.
Shane Primm vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
Southpaw Soszynski cracks Primm with a couple of hard punches, Primm immediately goes for takedown and lands it. Primm stands up and Soszynski escapes. The two clinch against the cage, but Soszynski breaks off. Soszynski with another flurry of punches, punctuated by a left hand that lands cleanly. Primm again goes for takedown, but ends up on bottom. Soszynski powerbombs him before a scramble puts the two back on their feet. Wrestling for position against the cage. Soszynski locks in Muay Thai plumb but can’t do any damage. they break off, then Primm locks up the plumb, lands a knee. They break off again and Primm shoots. Soszynski sprawls, then takes top position as he bowls Primm over. He passes to side mount but decides instead to stand over Primm. That decision is short lived as he dives back into side mount, working for a kimra on Primm’s left arm. He’s got it locked in, Primm looking to turn his body into Sosyznski’s. Soszynski lets it go and again stands over a downed Primm. Again, Soszynski stands and leaps in with a punch as the round ends.
Primm nearly lands right high kick at the start of the round. Soszynski closes distance and lands a couple of big left hands. Primm drifts back, then shoots for a takedown. Soszynski sprawls and the two clinch against the cage. Soszynski breaks off, then turns the punches up, throwing straight bombs. None land cleanly. Primm shoots again and ends up on the bottom, with Soszynski working from half guard. Soszynski lands right hand. Primm rolls to his knees, then goes to his back as Soszynski advances. Soszynski again goes to half guard and locks up the same left arm. This time, Soszynski adjusts the position and has the leverage to finish. He cranks back on Primm’s arm and gets a quick tapout at 3:27. Primm’s shoulder looks damaged.
Jules Bruchez vs. Eliot Marshall
Eliot stays true to the Jackson MMA “nipple tweak.” Marshall with a straight right out of the gate that cracks Bruchez. Marshall follows it with more punches and another right that rocks Bruchez further. Marshall nails an easy takedown and lands in side guard. Marshall looks for a kimura, then mounts. Bruchez rolls to his stomach and Marshall transitions to a rear naked choke. Marshall has it, but takes his time before locking in the body triangle and squeezing. Bruchez taps at 1:27.
Tom Lawlor vs. Kyle Kingsbury
Lawlor almost immediately shoots for a takedown. Kingsbury quickly gets to his feet. Lawlor looks for a guillotine, then shoots again and ends up on top in half guard after scramble. Lawlor goes for a D’Arce choke. Lawlor throwing short left elbows. Lawlor transitions to Kingsbury’s guard. Kingsbury ties Lawlor up with rubber guard. Kingsbury lets the hold go. Lawlor throwing right punches and elbows from the guard. Kingsbury locks up the rubber guard again, but lets it go as Lawlor postures up. Lawlor working strikes from the guard. Lawlor passes the guard and cinches Kingsbury’s neck as the two go to standing. Lawlor changes mind and works for a takedown, but can’t get it before round ends.
The two circle. Lawlor shoots for takedown, misses it the first time, but grabs Kingsbury’s left leg in the process and takes the fight down. Lawlor loses guard and Kingsbury scrambles to his feet. Kingsbury throws a knee as the two break off, but Lawlor drives back in for a takedown and gets it after a brief struggle. Lawlor passes to side mount. Kingsbury scoots to his side, then gets his knees under him and gets to his feet. It’s only a matter of seconds before Lawlor smothers him again and takes it down. Lawlor working again from half guard. Kingsbury hints at a kimura, but returns to guard. Round ends with Lawlor working from Kingsbury’s guard.
Kingsbury throws punches for the first time in the fight. Not surprisingly, Lawlor drives for the takedown. Kingsbury working to defend the takedown. Lawlor switches directions and gets Kingsbury down briefly, but the AKA fighter is back up. Lawlor relentless with the single leg attempts. Kingsbury spins away and ends up on his back briefly, then works his way up. Lawlor, yet again, drives for the single, then double leg. Kingsbury working punches, hammerfists, anything he can, as he sprawls against Lawlor. Lawlor drives around to Kingsbury’s back, but doesn’t do anything with the position. They face each other again. Kingsbury sprawls out as Lawlor drives forward. Lawlor finally gets the takedown.
All three judges score the bout 29-28 in Tom Lawlor’s favor.
George Roop vs. Shane Nelson
Roop immediately goes for high kicks. Nelson returns fire and backs Roop off. Roop comes in with several jabs and crosses and gets caught in the clinch. Nelson works his way to Roops back and the two spill to the mat. Nelson working for the rear naked choke, Roop controlling Nelson’s right arm to keep him from cinching it. Nelson works rabbit punches from the back, action stalls. A battle for hand control. Nelson locks in body triangle. Roop works free from the choke Nelson reverses to Roop’s guard. Nelson ends in Roop’s guard.
Roop again goes head hunting, slaps nelson’s lead leg with kicks. Nelson attempts to come back with overhand right. He’s having a hard tim with Roop’s reach. Roop overcommits to a flurry and Nelson grabs a takedown. Nelson stands over Roop and throws shots from the top. Nelson powers into side mount. Nelson transitions to mount. Roop scrambles back to half-guard. Nelson powers to mount. Nelson works ground and pound. Roop scrambles and gets to his feet. Nelson retorts with a guillotine that looks deep. Roop escapes gulltotine after several tense seconds and works back to his feet. Roop working knees from the clinch against the cage. Roop almost gets takedown at bell.
Roop comes in with a flurry of high kicks followed by punches. Nelson tries to take the fight down. When denied, he scoots around to Roop’s back. This time, Roop spins to face Nelson. Roop roughing Nelson up in the clinch with punches. Nelson escapes and action returns to center of cage. The two trade punches again before clinching and moving to the cage. Roop gets a takedown and works from Nelson’s half guard. Roop lets him up and lands several punishing punches and kicks before the two spill to the mats again. Roop working from inside Nelson’s guard. Roop stands up after going nowhere in Nelson’s guard, continues throwing bombs, looking for the head kick. Nelson works for a takedown but the two end up clinched against the cage. Nelson gets a single leg, then falls back, looking for a heel hook. Bell rings as Nelson is working for hold. 29-28 Nelson, 29-28 Roop, 29-28 Nelson are the final jugdes scores.
-John Polakowski vs. Roli Delgado
Delgado starts with a push kick, then another as Polakowski tries to close the distance. Polakowski comes in with a flurry of punches. Delgado with another push kick. Polakowski trying to jam in, eats a punch and Deglado tries to take it down. Polakowski sprawls and ends up on top before scrambling up again. Deglado with a good kick to the body. Delgado eats a punch that stuns him, then another. Delgado again with push kick. Out of nowhere, Delgado launches a flying knee that flashes Polakowski. Delgado follows him to the mat and works from side mount. Delgado trying to pass to mount. Polakowski rolls onto his knees and Delgado hops on his back, works for choke. Delgado quickly locks in a body triangle. Polak turns out of choke and nearly gets armbarred, but escapes to his feet.
Delgado once again tries to keep Polakowski away with push kick and eats a punch that causes him to shoot again. Polakowski is having none of it and continues to stalk. Delgado goes for another flying knee. Delgado shoots again and gets Polakowski to the mat. Polakowski tries to keep Delgado from passing. Polakowski once again scrambles in an attempt to get to his feet, but leaves his neck exposed. Delgado immediately transitions into a guillotine choke and gets the tapout at 2:18.
-Efrain Escudero def. Phillipe Nover by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
-Ryan Bader def. Vinicius Magalhaes by TKO (Punches) at 2:18, R1
-Anthony Johnson def. Kevin Burns by KO (Kick) at :28, R3
-Wilson Gouveia def. Jason MacDonald by Submission (Verbal) at 2:18, R1
-Junie Browning def. David Kaplan by Submission (Armbar) at 1:32, R2
-Krzysztof Soszynski def. Shane Primm by Submission (Kimura) at 3:27, R2
-Eliot Marshall def. Jules Bruchez by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:27, R1
-Tom Lawlor def. Kyle Kingsbury by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
-Shane Nelson def. George Roop by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
-Rolando Delgado def. John Polakowski by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:18, R1