Montag, 4. Juni 2012

Martin Kampmann and Michael Chiesa big winners at ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ finale

In his last fight, Martin Kampmann was beat up by Thiago Alves for an entire fight before coming back with a submission win. This time, he only needed two rounds to get a comeback win.

Jake Ellenberger clipped Kampmann off the bell of the first round. He knocked him down and then tried to follow up with a bevy of strikes. Kampmann held on for the rest of the round. In the second, Kampmann again appeared wobbled, but caught Ellenberger with a right. He then finished the fight with knees that ended the fight at 1:40 in the second.

UFC commentator Jon Anik hinted in the post-fight interview that a match-up with Johny Hendricks in a title eliminator is the next step for Kampmann.

Michael Chiesa won "The Ultimate Fighter" tonight with a rear naked choke that put Al Iaquinta to sleep at the TUF finale in Las Vegas on Friday night. Chiesa held off Iaquinta's attacks early on before getting the takedown. He took Iaquinta's back and wore him down until he could finally maneuver the choke into place. Iaquinta didn't tap; instead the fight was stopped when referee Herb Dean recognized that Iaquinta was asleep at 2:47 in the first.

It was an emotional win for Chiesa, whose father died the first week the younger Chiesa was at the TUF house.

"This is exactly what I wanted. There's no way I was going to sell myself short. I overcame a lot of things to win this fight," Chiesa said after the bout.

With the win, Chiesa gets a six-figure contract with the UFC, a Tapout sponsorship and a Harley-Davidson. Iaquinta can be comforted by the fact he won $50,000 before even stepping in the Octagon. He won bonuses for Knockout of the Season and Fight of the Season for his bout with Myles Jury, who won $25,000. Joe Proctor won $25,000 for the Submission of the Season.

Lawrence, Oliveira shine

The first fight on FX was an entertaining back and forth battle that featured John Cofer's wrestling facing off with Justin Lawrence's striking. In the third round, Lawrence quickly ended the seesaw of a fight with a kick to Cofer's jaw. It knocked Cofer straight to the canvas and gave Lawrence the knockout win 19 seconds into the third round.

Max Holloway used unrelenting body shots to take out Pat Schilling in a unanimous decision. Schilling struggled to find any offense and just took the beating that Holloway gave him. Whenever Schilling was on the ground, Holloway beckoned him to stand up to keep the fight on its feet. Holloway, the youngest fight in the UFC, won the bout 30-27 on all three judges cards.

Charles Oliveira again showed that featherweight is the correct weight class for him as he showed his jiu-jitsu prowess with a second-round submission of Jonathan Brookins. The first round was filled with both men getting in good shots, but Oliveira took over in the second. He weakened Brookins with ground and pound, then sunk in a modified guillotine to cause the tap at 2:42.

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