The Ultimate Fighting Championship crowned two new Ultimate Fighters on Sunday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, and it only took two minutes, twelve seconds of total fight time. Eddie Gordon defeated Dhiego Lima to become the TUF 19 middleweight winner while Corey Anderson put Matt Van Buren away to capture the light heavyweight TUF 19 title.
Gordon pressed the pace from the opening bell. He pressured Lima and landed a right hand that staggered the Brazilian native. He followed up with a flurry of punches that dropped his Team Edgar teammate. Lima desperately tried to cover up and get to his feet, but Gordon continued to deliver clean shots until referee Yves Lavigne stepped in to stop the fight at the 1:11 mark of the first round.
“I feel great. First and foremost I want to thank Dhiego Lima, tough dude. He’s like a brother to me. I love him to death,” said Gordon after winning the TUF 19 middleweight tournament.
Following the win, Gordon credited UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and his coaches for his success.
“I knew it was going to be a war. I know Dhiego is tough, a great all-around athlete, great fighter, but he’s not Chris Weidman. I’m lucky enough to train with the best camp in the world. I’ve got the world champion that I get to train with every day. He got me into this sport. I love him for it. I don’t know where I would be without him,” he said.
“It felt sick, I knew it, I’ve trained so hard for, I feel like I belong here, so far to time, so it come on the right way. So this is the place where I find peace, so it was awesome. I’ve thought for this moment over and over, it came in the exact same way. This win is not only for me, it is a win dedicated to my coaches, my family, my team mates and all the people that was behind me. So it was awesome,” added Gordon.
Anderson made short work of Van Buren in the light heavyweight final. Anderson landed a combination early and never let up. Van Buren tried to defend himself but did not return fire. After being dropped twice, referee Mario Yamasaki stepped in to save Van Buren from taking further punishment.
“It feels great. Everything I told my family, I told my coaches I was going to do,” said an emotional Anderson following the win. ”I feel wonderful, it feels great. All the sacrafices I’ve made make it feel so much more worthy, I haven’t been on vacation, I haven’t hung out with friends, I’ve been so dedicated to this. Frankie Edgar believed in all of us and he was there for me and that’s where I’m going to do my camps from now on. I kept telling Frankie I was ready to go and I knew when the night came I was going to unleash that fire in me and it was going to be something special.”