With low expectations going into this event, it actually delivered a good amount of action, especially the main card. It all started with Diaz landing a tight left hand that rocked Maynard, than Diaz proceeded to unload nearly 40 unanswered blows before referee Yves Lavigne decided to step in, at which point, Maynard took two steps before falling to the canvas, the punches of Diaz seeming to be the only thing that kept him standing. In other beatdown news… With a minute remaining in the fight, Pena had established full mount and was raining heavy elbows and punches down on Rakoczy. Mario Yamasaki watched as Pena brutalized Rakoczy for 60 seconds, and he decided stop the fight with 1 second remaining in the round. Seriously dude? You could have stopped it 30 seconds ago, but if she took that much of a beating, give her 1 more second and let her make it to round 2 at least. Hats off to David Grant, he managed to keep Holdsworth off him for a while with his strength, athleticism and takedown defense, not to mention rocking Holdsworth with some heavy shots. One fundamental mistake in the 2nd round saw Grant on his back, and well, he didn’t last very long on the ground against a BJJ black belt. So the two #1 picks go on to become TUF tournament champions, and well deservedly.
Fight of The Night: Josh Sampo vs. Ryan Benoit
Knockout of The Night: Nate Diaz
Submission of the Night: Chris Holdsworth
TUF 18 Finale leaders
Coming in 1st for this event is nomomrnicekyle, perfectly predicting half the event, and only missing 2 picks all night – Great job on a tough event, or should I say TUF event. dan-o1 just a single point behind him in 2nd place, a little less accurate, but he only missed one winner last night, sweet average right there. Nice work by dashamas coming in 3rd, and doing it with a zero on the hot bout no less – excellent. And finally, a 3-way tie for 4th place between bebop2109, botl435 and RampageisReal – 3 beastly medalists and champions of seasons past.
… Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis… and the rise of the sons of Aryas… there was an age undreamed of… and unto this, dan-01, destined to wear the jeweled crown of the mmahq fight camp upon a troubled brow… it is I his chronicler alone who can tell thee of his saga… let me tell you of the days of high adventure!
After the first event of the season, dan-01 was already leading the camp, which he held for another event before falling to the 5th and 6th position which he maintained for most of the season. Right around what you would call the clutch period, he camped out in 3rd place waiting for an opening, and he found it last night. With a 13 point deficit going into the fights, dan-01 crossed the line first with 4 points to spare – All hail the king!
I actually had a chance to do a short interview with dan-01 about his recent victory, transcribed below.
bvrasp: dan-o1! What is best in life!?
dan-01: Crush your enemies! See them driven before you! and to hear the lamentation of their women!
Dancing just outside the top 10 for half the season, brokenbrain shot up the ranks like a rocket, ruling the top spot with an iron fist for the 2nd half of the season. Although he consistently registered some big scores, he was edged out in the end by a very narrow margin. The last time brokenbrain finished in 2nd place, he lost by a margin of 10 points, this time it was only 5, so he’s definitely doing something right. Keep up the great work!
dashamas was all over the top 5 throughout the whole season, even leading at one point, before sitting in 2nd place as the #1 contender to unseat brokenbrain’s reign of terror. It all came down to last night’s event, and he did a good job, but our gold and silver medalists did just a little bit better. I can’t help but think what the landscape would have looked like if dashamas hit that hot bout. Nevertheless, it’s yet another bronze medal for his trophy case – congratz man.
- Wagers Winners -
1 dashamas $13,157
2 dan-01 $7,063
3 MMAKansas $5,646
Great season everyone, it was a battle, and it came right down to the wire at the end. This was the fastest season we’ve ever had, to the point where it became unmanageable. So the bad news is, I don’t think I’ll be able to keep the previews going for the 46 events the UFC has planned for 2014. I will definitely still post up the reminders with start times, etc to ensure everyone can get their picks done in time…. It’s been emotional.
TUF 18 Finale Points
TUF 18 Finale Wagers
Reminder: So it’s a fresh start for everyone next weekend on Saturday, December 7th with some heavyweight action as the Super Samoan takes on Bigfoot Silva. Winners, revel in your victory. Losers, lick your wounds and come back strong – Good luck to everyone next season, and enjoy the fights