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The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters Finale
This past Friday (November 30, 2018), the The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters Finale was held at the Pearl Theatre in Las Vegas, NV. This was the 28th season of the Ultimate Fighter, and featured women's featherweights and men's heavyweights. The coaches for this season was the current UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker and the former middleweight Ultimate Fighter 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum. While these coaches did not fight in the finale (they will be fighting against each other at UFC 234 on February 10, 2019 in the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia), the event still had plenty of exciting fights.
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Main Event: Usman vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Headlining the Ultimate Fighter Finale was the main event of Kamuru Usman, ranked #5 in the UFC welterweight division facing the former UFC Lightweight Champion and #3 ranked welterweight, Rafael dos Anjos (RDA). While Usman was the lower ranked fighter, he dominated the fight, outstriking Rafael dos Anjos on a 3 to 1 ratio, and scoring 11 takedowns in the bout. In the end, Usman won a unanimous decision with the scores of 50-43, 49-45, and 48-47.
Ultimate Fighter Finale Winners
For the Ultimate Fighter Finale, Juan Francisco Espino Dieppa, at 38 years old, dominated Justin Frazier, scoring two takedowns before trapping Frazier's right arm in a crucifix and straight armlocking the left arm for the tap at 3:36 of the first round. In winning the fight, Juan became the oldest Ultimate Fighter winner in the history of the series.
For the women's Featherweight Finale, Macy Chiasson, the first pick in the TUF house, dominated Pannie Kiazad to win the TUF 28 Women's Featherweight Finale. Chiasson, nearly submitted Kiazad with a rear-naked choke in the first round, but time expired. In the second round, she dropped Kinzad with a right hand and tapped her with a rear-naked choke at 2:11 of the second round.
In terms of the bonus awards- there were no Fight of the Night bonus awarded. However, Kamaru Usman, Juan Espino, Joseph Benavidez, and Roosevelt Roberts all received an extra $50,000 bonus for their Performances of the Night bonus.
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The results for the card are as follows:
Welterweight: Kamaru Usman defeats Rafael dos Anjos by Decision (unanimous)
Heavyweight: Juan Espino defeats Justin Frazier by Submission (straight armlock) in 3:36 of Round 1
Women's Featherweight: Macy Chiasson defeats Pannie Kianzad by Submission (rear naked choke) in 2:11 of Round 2
Bantamweight: Pedro Munhoz defeats Bryan Caraway by TKO (body kick and punches) in 2:39 of Round 1
Middleweight: Edmen Shahbazyan defeats Darren Steward by Decision (split)
Women's Catchweight (130.5 lbs) Antonina Shevchenko defeats Ji Yeon Kim by Decision (unanimous)
Catchweight (148.5 lbs): Kevin Aguilar defeats Rick Glenn by Decision (unanimous)
Flyweight: Joseph Benavidez defeats Alex Perez by TKO (punched) in 4:19 of Round 1
Heavyweight: Maurice Greene defeats Michel Batista by Submission (triangle choke) in 2:14 of Round 1
Women's Featherweight: Leah Letson defeats Julija Stoliarenko by Decision (split)
Lightweight: Roosevelt Roberts defeats Darrell Horcher by Submission (standing guillotine choke) in 4:50 of Round 1
Welterweight: Tim Means defeats Ricky Rainey by TKO (punches) in 1:18 of Round 1
Bantamweight: Raoni Barcelos defeats Chris Gutierrez by Submission (rear-naked choke) in 4:12 of Round 2