TUF 8 Finale - FOTN, SOTN, KOTN $25k Payouts
(All awards include a $25,000 bonus for each fighter.)
Ultimate Fighter 8 Fight of the Night
– Junie Browning and Dave Kaplan
Ultimate Fighter 8 Knockout of the Night
– Anthony Johnson
Ultimate Fighter 8 Submission of the Night
– Krzysztof Soszynski
Escudero Knocks Off Nover - New Ultimate Fighter
Phillipe Nover may have been christened the 155-pound Anderson Silva by UFC president Dana White, but it was Efrain Escudero that earned the designation of The Ultimate Fighter in the 155-pound class at Saturday night's Ultimate Fighter Finale.
Escudero used his All-American collegiate wrestling skills to great effect throughout the fight, continually ducking Nover's striking attempts and taking the newly promoted Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt down to the mat. Although Nover was aggressive from his back in searching for submissions, Escudero would control the majority of the positioning and score with his repeated ground and pound attacks.
"I knew Phillipe was a very good striker, so I knew he was going to come out with that strong right," recounted Escudero after the fight. "So as soon as he threw it man, I shot right under it."
Darth Bader Strikes Back - New Ultimate Fighter
He was an All-American wrestler while competing at Arizona State University, but now Ryan "Darth" Bader can add "Ultimate Fighter" season 8 champion to his list of accolades after putting away Vinicius Magalhaes in the first round of their match-up on Saturday night.
Coming into the fight as an underdog for probably the first time ever in his professional career, Bader took it upon himself to impress in his finale match-up and did exactly that.
With his wrestling background and Magalhaes' extensive jiu-jitsu pedigree, the light heavyweight finals saw no ground action, but plenty of stand-up.
The fighters traded kicks early, and both showed good footwork to stay in punching range, but each respected the other's power.
It was a big overhand right from Bader that glanced off of Magalhaes' head that sent the Brazilian crashing to the canvas, rocked and in obvious trouble.
Browning Gets Win, Apologises To Mir
Taking the show as a learning lesson, Browning has obviously grown up since the filming finished. He even offered an apology to former coach, Frank Mir, who has been openly critical of his former student on the show in recent weeks.
"I gave (Frank) Mir a hard time on the show. I just want to apologize to everybody, everyone watching and stuff," said Browning. "Mir was actually an awesome coach. It was more my fault. I don't think I would have put up with myself either. I apologize to Mir and the rest of Mir's team, they were awesome coaches."
TUF 8 Finale - Results (**SPOILERS**)
-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
Big Nog and Wand come together in Vegas
Along with coaches Amaury Bitetti and Rodrigo Artilheiro, Rodrigo Minotauro set off this Friday (December 12) for Las Vegas, where the final of the eighth season of the The Ultimate Fighter reality show will take place. In the USA, Minota will only return after his December 27 challenge against Frank Mir. And for this UFC fight to determine who will challenge Brock Lesnar for the definitive UFC heavyweight belt, the Brazilian will count on a big-name buddy: Wanderlei Silva.
Black House reborn in Los Angeles
While the proliferation of major training camps in MMA continues -- a list that currently includes AKA, American Top Team, Greg Jackson's, Miletich Fighting Systems and Xtreme Couture, among others -- another name is quietly rising from the ashes: Black House.
The star-studded team of Brazilians first emerged in 2006. The Rio de Janeiro based camp seemed destined for greatness, then just as quickly faded away.
Ed Soares, manager for several of MMA's top Brazilian fighters, recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the camp was set to relaunch in the U.S.
"We're opening up a Black House training facility in Los Angeles for all the guys that we represent to train at," Soares said. "Hopefully we'll have it open by the end of the year."
Krzysztof Soszynski: Junie Browning wanted to be worse than Chris Leben
“To be honest with you, he did everything for show. It was a whole joke to him. Basically he told me the very first day we met - and before our fights to get into the house - he basically said ‘If I get into this house, I’m going to be the crazy guy. I’m going to get out of hand, I’m going to get out of control, I’m going to pull whatever I can just to get ratings, to become the character that I want to become.’ He said he was going to become the worst Chris Leben ever.”
Magalhaes Sets Sights On Darth Bader, TUF Title
Vinny Magalhaes’ “TUF” experience didn’t start as planned, but everything worked out for the best anyways.
When teams were being selected for the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Magalhaes assumed he’d be on coach Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s red team. Nogueira and blue team coach Frank Mir agreed--it was a “Brazilian thing.”
Then Mir got control of the first pick, and everything changed. Krzysztof Soszynski was the first blue shirt, and when Nogueira picked “golden boy” Ryan Bader first, Mir snatched up Magalhaes.
Looking back on it now, the UFC newcomer is glad he didn’t put on the red shirt.
Lesnar blasts UFC toward record year
When the dust settled on an unusual year, the biggest news of 2008 was the emergence of Lesnar as the year’s pay-per-view king. Lesnar’s 2.2 million buys over three fights made him the most-watched PPV fighter in 2008. His total was the second highest total in UFC history, trailing only Tito Ortiz, who did 2.25 million in headlining three events .
TUF 8 Finale Weigh-ins
I'm a little surprised this wasn't posted already
Main Card Bouts:
-Phillipe Nover (155) vs. Efrain Escudero (156)
-Ryan Bader (205) vs. Vinicius Magalhaes (205)
-Kevin Burns (171) vs. Anthony Johnson (171)
-Jason MacDonald (184) vs. Wilson Gouveia (189)***
-Junie Browning (156) vs. Dave Kaplan (156)
-Krzysztof Soszynski (205) vs. Shane Primm (202)
-Eliot Marshall (203) vs. Jules Bruchez (205)
-Kyle Kingsbury (205) vs. Tom Lawlor (204)
-George Roop (153) vs. Shane Nelson (156)
-John Polakowski (152) vs. Roli Delgado (155)
***According to UFC.com, for safety reasons, the Nevada State Athletic Commission won't allow Gouveia to make a second weight cutting attempt. The bout will go on at a catch weight of 189 pounds, and Gouveia will forfeit 20% of his purse to MacDonald.
Bobby Lashley: “It’s all coming together”, ready for MMA debut on Saturday
Former WWE superstar Bobby Lashley made news when he recently announced his departure from the fictional fight world of the WWE to pursue a career in the extremely non fictional fight world of mixed martial arts. Far from just an entertainer, the 260 pound powerhouse is an athlete in every sense of the word. A former NAIA wrestling champion and a silver medalist at the world championships, Lashley is no stranger when it comes to the art of combat.
"Poor Officiating" and Inexperienced Competitors
I've been covering MMA heavily since 2002 and there's only been one broken limb. Tim Sylvia's arm was snapped by Frank Mir at UFC 48. Most fighters know when to tap in a dangerous situation or the official must protect the fighter from his own ego getting in the way of safety. You had a lethal mix on live television last night with an inexperienced fighter and a tentative official.
I hate to dump on a guy who just had his arm broken but why was Razak Al Hassan given a fight in the UFC? By the looks of it, he might not make the cut in a 32-man field to get on the The Ultimate Fighter. He shouldn't be in there with someone like Steve Cantwell and he definitely shouldn't have been fighting on the televised portion of the card. If Al Hassan is not smart or experienced enough to tap then referee Mario Yamasaki had to err on the side of caution. He's way too experienced to allow that to happen to a fighter.
Akiyama Released From FEG Contract
The DREAM could be starting to come to an end...it has for Yoshihiro Akiyama. The promotion's biggest draw, Akiyama had his contract terminated today, not long after reportedly declining TEN invites to participate at K-1 Dynamite on 12/31.
Efrain Escudero to honor his late father with TUF finale victory
Props: NBC Sports
“I wanted to stay and be with my family. The UFC is always going to be there, and it was a bad moment for my family. I got the invitation for [The Ultimate Fighter], and my dad made me promise that if anything were to happen, I would go. He wanted me to go in and give it 110 percent with no regrets. I’m dedicating the whole show to my father. My goal is to get on the mic, and the only way to get on the mic is by beating Phillipe. Then I’ll have a chance to tell everyone why I did this show. I want to tell everyone that this whole show, and everything I’ve done is because of my dad.”