100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Sean OMalley - 92.4
2. Montana De La Rosa - 92.3
3. Brett Johns - 92.1
4. Gillian Robertson - 92.0
5. Rachael Ostovich - 92.0
6. Nicco Montano - 91.9
7. Ryan Janes - 91.7
8. Lauren Murphy - 91.4
9. Shana Dobson - 91.2
10. Barb Honchak - 91.2
UFC The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
-Fight of the Night-
Nicco Montano vs. Roxanne Modafferi
Fighters & Matches 89.1
Top 10 Fighters 91.8
TOTAL 90.5
     These girls both traded some solid punches, and then Robertson scored a takedown 45 seconds into the opening round, passing quickly to mount, and then Whitemire was able to sweep her, as she pinned Robertson against the fence while hanging out inside Robertson's guard. Robertson threw up an armbar, Whitmire escaped it, Robertson threw up another one, locked it on tight, and Whitmire was forced to submit. That was a solid first round submission victory for Gillian Robertson in her official UFC debut.
      These girls both started this fight by trading punches & kicks, but not a lot of damage was being dealt in either direction. Dobson seemed to have some striking experience at least, and Beck looked like she didn't have much technical training at all, she mostly looked like a girl pulled out of a back yard, trying to defend herself against someone that wanted her wallet. Dobson dropped Beck with a hard leg kick with 2 minutes left in the round, and she followed it up with a few more hard strikes that made hard thudding sounds. Beck clinched, and pressed Dobson against the fence with 90 seconds left in the round, but she couldn't hold her there, so they reset and went back to trading random punches & kicks. Round one goes to Dobson.
     They continued to trade punches & kicks, at a decent pace for a couple of minutes in the second round, and then Dodson blasted Beck with a series of hard punches, and Beck backed off, stood at the fence for a couple of seconds, and then just randomly crumbled. That was a solid second round finish by Shana Dobson. Beck on the other hand? I don't think she's anywhere near UFC level at this point, so I hope the UFC cuts some of these fighters that are losing tonight.
      Gevorgyan missed weight by 5 pounds, which is significant. Ostovich came out throwing some leg kicks, and Gevorgyan fired back with some fast punches. Ostovich shot for a takedown, and ended up inside Gevorgyan's guard 30 seconds into the first round. Gevorgyan rolled for an armbar, and Ostovich spun around into side control for a second, but Gevorgyan stood back up, and then shot for a takedown of her own. Ostovich took her back on the way down, and then slapped on an armbar from back control, Gevorgyan escaped, Ostovich went for a triangle, transitioned to an armbar again, and finished the fight by submission. That was a really solid performance by Rachael Ostovich in her UFC debut.
      Sanchez beat the shit out of Janes with some big punches to start the opening round, while chasing him around the cage. Sanchez blasted Janes with a brutal combination of heavy punches, and he BASICALLY knocked him out with a massive right hand, causing Janes to collapse. Sanchez continued to unload on him with massive bombs, and kicks, and all kinds of violence, and the referee really should have stopped the fight 2 minutes into the first round. Janes somehow magically recovered, and started to come forward as Sanchez was taking a breather. They both continued to swing wild punches at each other, but it was clear that Sanchez ran out of gas 3 minutes into the round. Janes was able to pick him apart a little bit at the end of the round, but that round could still be considered a 10-8 round for Sanchez, based on the fact that it should have been stopped.
     It was pretty clear that Sanchez's cardio was shot at the start of the second round, but he was still throwing some big tired looking punches. Janes used the clinch to blast Sanchez with some hard knees to the body & head, but Sanchez took him down for a second a minute into the round, and then Janes popped right back up. From that point forward, the entire second round was all about Janes beating the shit out of Sanchez, working him over like a heavy bag. Sanchez took him down with 90 seconds left in the round, but Janes popped right back up again. I'm going to call this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Sanchez clearly wanted to quit in between rounds. The final round started with a few exchanges, Janes was moving forward, Sanchez shot for a terrible takedown 30 seconds into the final round, Janes stuffed the shot, and then blasted him with some uppercuts from the clinch, before creating some distance to unload with some massive bombs. Sanchez eventually collapsed, Janes continued to tee off on him, Sanchez just hung out on the floor, on his hands & knees, and the referee was forced to stop the fight. That was an insane comeback victory for Ryan Janes, and it's probably going to be the performance that prevents him from getting fired after a 2-Fight losing streak. Congrats to Ryan Janes, a really big underdog tonight.
      This fight started with some heavy clinching, with Rosa pressing Marks around the cage, while Marks tried to work some sharp knees. Rosa threw a kick, Marks caught it, and took down Rosa in the center of the cage. Rosa immediately threw up an armbar from her back, Marks just settled into it, Rosa cranked, Marks tried to roll through it, but eventually she was forced to submit. That was a fantastic first round submission victory for Montana De La Rosa.
(Calf Slicer)
      These guys danced around for a few seconds, Johns threw some big punches, Soto shot in for a takedown, Johns rolled with him, slapped on a calf slicer almost immediately, and finished the fight by submission 30 seconds into the opening round. That was another fantastic performance by Brett Johns against a tough opponent.
      Fabian threw some punches and a kick, and then Bennett clinched and pressed her against the fence. Bennett was struggling to land a single leg takedown, and Fabian was basically just stuffing her shot against the fence in a stalemate. Bennett cranked on a standing guillotine choke with 15 seconds left in the round, Fabian broke free with 10 seconds left in the round, she blasted Bennett with a head kick, knocked her on her ass, punched her a few times, the fight could have been stopped, but the referee allowed them to continue since she was sort of saved by the bell. Round one CLEARLY goes to Melinda Fabian.
     Fabian started the second round by throwing a few strikes, and then Bennett shot for another takedown, but ended up in another stalemate clinch, pressing Fabian against the fence for several minutes. Fabian grabbed the fence 90 seconds into the round, so Big John took a point from Fabian. When the fight started back up, Bennett continued to dig for another takedown, it went nowhere, so the referee finally reset them with 90 seconds left in the round, only to have Bennett shoot for another takedown, fail again, and they ended up right back in that clinching stalemate. This fight is fucking terrible. Fabian lost a point for grabbing the cage, and Bennett was moving forward the entire time, so I guess you could argue that was a 10-8 round for Bennett? The referee reset them again with 45 seconds left in the round, and Bennett immediately shot and failed with another takedown attempt. I would say this round was a draw, but since Fabian lost a point, then 10-9 round overall. I guess this fight is all tied up going into the final round.
     Fabian tried to beat up Bennett with some strikes to start the final round, she threw a kick, Bennett caught it, and pressed her against the fence for some more stalemate clinching. The referee reset them with 2 minutes left in the fight. Fabian landed some solid strikes, and then Bennett shot for another shitty takedown, resulting in some more clinch stalling. I'm giving this fight to Fabian, since she stuffed 100% of Benett's shots, beat her up with some strikes, and the ONLY reason you could even argue a possible draw, would be the point Fabian lost in the second round due to grabbing the fence. Fabian landed some solid strikes at the end of the final round, and then fell down, Bennett tried to tackle her, and Fabian pulled guard, so Bennett landed a few strikes on the ground, making the final round hard to score I guess. The judges agree for the most part, scoring this fight as a majority draw, with one judge scoring the fight for Bennett. Fuck that, I'm giving the victory points to Fabian, based on the fact that I have no interest in watching Bennett fight again in the UFC.
(Kick to the Body)
      These guys both traded a few solid strikes, and then 45 seconds into the opening round, Meerschaert unloaded with a WILD barrage of punches, for 15 solid seconds of absolute destruction, but Spicely did a decent job covering up to avoid TOO much damage. Once Meerschaert slowed down, Spicely clinched, took Meerschaert's back, and pulled him to the ground, where Spicely maintained back control. Spicely spent most of the round holding a body triangle, while punching Meerschaert in the head. Spicely went for an armbar from back control with 30 seconds left in the round, and Meerschaert used that moment to spin around into Spicely's guard. Round one clearly goes to Spicely, 10-9.
     The second round started with Meerschaert throwing a few solid strikes, and then Spicely shot for a takedown, Meerschaert stuffed the shot, and they reset 20 seconds into the round. They traded a few random strikes, Spicely failed with another takedown attempt, and Meerschaert started to pick him apart with punches & hard body kicks. Spicely caught a big kick, but he still couldn't complete another takedown, so they reset again. They circled around each other for a few more seconds, and then Meerschaert blasted Spicely with a brutal kick to the liver, and Spicely collapsed, ending the fight halfway through the second round. That was a nice win for Gerald Meerschaert.
      These girls both came out throwing hard punches & kicks, trading at a solid pace for the duration of the first round. Round one probably goes slightly to Murphy, based on some hard clean strikes that she landed at the end of the round, but it was a close competitive round that could have gone either way.
      They continued to trade punches & kicks at a solid pace in the second round, and Honchak was busting up Murphy's face a bit. I thought Honchak had a pretty clear advantage in the second round, until Murphy scored a deep takedown with one minute left in the round, pinning Honchak against the fence. Honchak did a good job working her way back to her feet pretty quickly though, but Murphy took her back on the way up. I'm still going to give that round to Honchak. I guess the fight is all tied up going into the final round?
      They traded some strikes in the final round, and then Murphy scored another takedown 90 seconds into the round. Murphy tried to work some ground & pound, and then Honchak threw up an armbar halfway through the round, and it looked like it could be deep, but Murphy did a good job stacking her to avoid the submission. Murphy looked like she wanted to Rampage Slam her way out of it, but when she picked up Honchak, Honchak converted it to a triangle choke, and then rolled to a belly down armbar, but Murphy refused to submit. Murphy pulled her arm free with a minute left in the round, and then took Honchak's back again, and finished the round in back control, throwing short punches to Honchak's head. I would have liked to see this as a 5 round fight, but in the end, I guess I have no idea who I think won this fight. I guess Murphy since she finished the fight in control? Two judges agreed, giving the split-decision victory to Lauren Murphy, handing Honchak her second loss in a row (including the one on The Ultimate Fighter), after a 9-Fight winning streak.
      O'Malley started this fight by throwing some wild kicks, while moving around the outside a lot. Ware landed a right hand and then clinched 90 seconds into the opening round, pressing O'Malley against the fence. They split up a few seconds later and went back to trading strikes. Ware landed a few solid shots, but fo the most part, O'Malley was throwing a lot wider variety, and he was landing some hard shots, and when Ware tried to clinch again, O'Malley just threw him to the ground and then told him to stand back up. The round ended with both guys still slinging at each other. Round one goes to O'Malley.
     The second round started with both guys still firing heavy punches & kicks, and O'Malley looked like he was delivering the better shots in the first minute or so, but Ware started to come back with some big combinations after that. Ware really started to run away with the fight halfway through the second round, and then O'Malley threw a wild flying head kick, slipped, fell down, and Ware pinned him down. O'Malley tried to setup a triangle, but couldn't get it, so they stood back up and Ware continued to chase O'Malley around the cage, while they both continued to fire big shots at each other. They both landed some solid strikes, and then O'Malley threw up a flying triangle, couldn't quite get it, so he finished out the round trying to grab for a heel hook. That round should probably go to Ware, but this has been a hell of a fight so far. I'm going to say whoever wins the final round will probably win this fight.
     O'Malley found his second wind in the third round, and fired some big kicks, and some heavy jabs, while Ware was having a hard time getting back into the swing of things. Ware was still walking down O'Malley though. O'Malley's head movement is ridiculous, and he was able to Bob & Weave, while picking apart Ware for most of the round. Ware tried to get a takedown going, but O'Malley spun him around and scored a takedown of his own. O'Malley stood back up immediately, Ware started to stand up, and O'Malley blasted him with a brutal kick to the body on his way up. O'Malley then took down Ware again, and tried to setup a D'Arce choke. He couldn't quite get it, so he stood back up. Ware tried to pull O'Malley down with some back clinching, but O'Malley spun out of that, reset, and they finished the round trading some strikes, and then O'Malley took down Ware in the final 5 seconds. This fight should 100% go to Sean O'Malley, with a solid 29-28 in his UFC debut. All 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory. That was a fantastic performance by both fighters though.
      Modafferi got this title shot, because Sijara Eubanks missed weight and went to the hospital. They both came out throwing punches to start the first round, and then Modafferi pulled guard halfway through the round, tried to setup an armbar, couldn't get it, so they eventually stood back up with a minute left in the round, but Modafferi quickly took down Montano at that point, and dropped some decent punches & elbows from side control until the end of the round. Round one goes to Modafferi.
     These girls both came out swinging to start the second round, Modafferi blasted Montano with a hard shot, and then chased her around the cage while swinging wildly with both hands. Montano recovered a minute into the round, and they went back to standing in the center, trading random punches & kicks. They continued to trade strikes for most of the round, and then Modafferi took down Montano in the final 45 seconds, and landed directly into a triangle choke, but Montano only had her foot under her knee, so she wasn't able to lock it on quite tight enough, so Modafferi survived until the end of the round, while Montano pounded on her with elbows from the triangle. Round two clearly goes to Montano.
     The third round was another round of striking, with Montano outstriking Modafferi, so at this point, Montano is probably ahead 29-28, if not 30-27, going into the Championship rounds. Montano unloaded on Modafferi in the first 90 seconds of the fourth round, pressuring her against the fence with a barrage of nonstop punches. Montano then threw Modafferi to the ground, and tried to setup a D'Arce choke, but Modafferi was able to work her way back to her feet against the fence. From that point forward, the rest of the fight featured Montano taking down Modafferi, and beating her up on the ground all the way up until the end of the final round. Modafferi was scrambling around like a maniac the entire time, but this should be a clear decision for Montano, maybe even 50-45. Modafferi ALMOST finished with an armbar in the final 30 seconds, but Montano was able to pull her arm free, leading to the clear cut unanimous decision victory. That was a fantastic fight, and congratulations to Nicco Montano, the first ever, UFC Women's Flyweight Champion.