The event took place Saturday night at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and aired live on Spike TV.
The night’s “Knockout of the Night” award went to Roy Nelson, Edgar and Veach scrapped their way to “Fight of the Night” bonuses for each, while the “Submission of the Night” award went to Mark Bocek.
It wasn’t a big surprise that Roy “Big Country” Nelson walked away as the season 10 TUF champion, but few people expected the manner at which Nelson would earn the title as the latest Ultimate Fighter. “Big Country” worked his ground game fairly effectively, but the very game Schaub found a way to get the fight back to the feet, before getting caught with a huge fight ending overhand right that abruptly put an end to Schaub’s dream of winning the six figure contract.
Edgar showed why he is a contender in the UFC’s lightweight division with a second-round submission victory over a well-rounded Matt Veach. Veach repeatedly slammed Edgar to the canvas in the first round, but it was only a matter of time before Edgar got his timing down and turned the tables on the very game Veach. Edgar took control of the fight early in the second stanza and pounded on Veach from the top, before sinking in a fight ending rear naked choke and earning “Fight of the Night” honors in the process.
Bocek’s bout may have been on the preliminary-card of the night’s event, but that did nothing to stop him from spoiling UFC newcomer and undefeated Joe Brammer’s first time in the Octagon. Bocek dominated the action on the ground and locked in the “Submission of the Night” rear naked choke in the first round, giving him an extra $25,000 for his efforts.