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TUF 18 Finale Results and Highlights




Last nights TUF 18 card did what it was supposed to do. It rewarded the fans watch this season from start to finish and it also was a mini showcase for WMMA. It was a card that was met with a lot of criticism from some spoiled fans that expect every UFC card to feature big names and fan favorites. What folks need to recognize is that every card isn’t going to be tailor made for them. However, if you do give these cards a chance you’re always going to find new stars and new favorites.

Let’s check out the full results, and a few highlights from what was a solid TUF Finale from start to finish.

Main Card (FOX Sports 1 – 10 p.m. ET)

• Lightweight Main Event: Nate Diaz (17-9) defeats Gray Maynard (11-3-1) via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:38

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• Women’s Bantamweight Final: Julianna Pena (5-2) defeats Jessica Rakoczy (1-4) via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:59

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• Men’s Bantamweight Final: Chris Holdsworth (5-0) defeats Davey Grant (8-2) via submission (RNC) – Round 2, 2:10

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• Women’s Bantamweight Bout: Jessamyn Duke (3-0) defeats Peggy Morgan (2-1) via UD (30-27 x 3)

• Women’s Bantamweight Bout: Raquel Pennington (4-3) defeats Roxanne Modafferi (15-11) via UD (30-27 x 2, 29-28)

Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1 – 8:00 p.m. ET)

• Featherweight Bout: Akira Corassani (12-3) defeats Maximo Blanco (9-5-1) via DQ (illegal knee) – Round 1, 0:25

• Featherweight Bout: Tom Niinimaki (21-5-1) defeats Rani Yahya (19-8) via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

• Heavyweight Bout: Jared Rosholt (9-1) defeats Walt Harris (4-2) via UD (29-28 x 3)

• Welterweight Bout: Sean Spencer (14-4) defeats Drew Dober (10-3) via UD (30-27 x 3)

Preliminary Card (Facebook – 7:30 p.m. ET)

• Flyweight Bout: Josh Sampo (11-2) defeats Ryan Benoit (7-3) via submission (RNC) – Round 2, 4:31

TUF 18 Finale Bonuses ($50K each):

Fight of the Night: Josh Sampo vs. Ryan Benoit*

Knockout of the Night: Nate Diaz

Submission of the Night: Chris Holdsworth

* – Benoit was awarded his and Sampo’s bonus money for a total $100K in defeat

Post Fight Press Conference: 

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