The TUF: Live Finale went off without a hitch last night as Mike Chiesa (8-0) upset fellow Team Faber finalist Al Iaquinta (5-2) to become the Season 15 Ultimate Fighter. The following main event saw Danish kickboxer “Hitman” Martin Kampmann (20-5) overcome adversity in the first round to finish “The Juggernaut” Jake Ellenberger (27-6) in the second. “Blessed” Max Holloway (5-1) rebounded from his UFC debut loss to dominate a Unanimous Decision over “Thrilling” Pat Schilling (5-2) and TUF winner Jonathan Brookins (13-5) fell short in a featherweight bout against “Do Bronx” Charles Oliveira (16-2). The card was a fitting end to the UFC’s first live season of The Ultimate Fighter.
—MAIN CARD (on FX)—
Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann: Kampmann via KO (Knees), Round 2, 1:40
TUF: Live Finale Lightweight Bout
Mike Chiesa vs. Al Iaquinta: Chiesa via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 1, 2:47
Jonathan Brookins vs. Charles Oliveira: Oliveira via Submission (Guillotine Choke), Round 2, 2:42
Max Holloway vs. Pat Schilling: Holloway via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
Justin Lawrence vs. John Cofer: Lawrence via KO (Head Kick), Round 3, 0:19
Another season of The Ultimate Fighter is in the books. All that’s left is for “Maverick” Mike Chiesa (7-0) to face Al Iaquinta (5-1-1) in the TUF Finale tomorrow to determine the season’s winner. The card will be headlined by dangerous Danish kickboxer “The Hitman” Martin Kampmann (19-5) as he goes toe-to-toe with stand-out welterweight wrecking machine “The Juggernaut” Jake Ellenberger (27-5) with a place in the UFC title picture on the line. Shoring up the rest of card is a pair of solid bouts featuring TUF Season 12 winner Jonathan Brookins (13-4) who faces submission specialist “Do Bronx” Charles Oliveira (15-2) and “Blessed” Max Holloway (4-1) as he meets “Thrilling” Pat Schilling (5-1).
The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced on Tuesday that the upcoming fifteenth season of its hit reality show The Ultimate Fighter will be coached by reigning UFC Bantamweight Champion “The Dominator” Dominick Cruz (18-1) and his title challenger and long-time foe, “The California Kid” Urijah Faber (26-5).
Faber handed Cruz his first and only professional loss, via Guillotine Choke, at WEC 26 in March of 2007. The pair faced off a second time at UFC 132 this past July, at which time Cruz retained his bantamweight title by defeating the former WEC Featherweight Champion unanimously on the judges’ score cards. Cruz and Faber’s long standing rivalry will likely generate fireworks during their tenure on the TUF series and set the scene for the championship rubber match to come in mid-2012.