Mann Talk – Ranking the Ultimate Fighters

While watching the TUF 10 finale this past weekend, I got it into my head that I wanted to write a column saying “The Ultimate Fighter must stop now.” However, then I realized that only the most masochistic and self-flagellating fans would want this show to continue.

At this point, the show is not even entertaining. My girlfriend, the biggest reality show addict east of Los Angeles, only made it through three episodes of this season before getting bored with it. She would watch Real Housewives of Salt Lake City but TUF could not hold her attention. The only thing the show really does is supply the UFC with vast quantities of fighters that have no business is the sport’s biggest show.

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MMA LIVE 6-25-09

Rich Franklin joins the MMA live panel to discuss the results of ‘TUF 9’ Finale, Strikeforce Challengers, and Bellator XII. In addition, Bobby Lashley joins the program to talk about his upcoming fight against Bob Sapp and Bellator C.E.O Bjorn Rebney checks in to discuss the completion of the first season of Bellator Fighting Championships. … Read more

Clay Guida and his Mom talk Sanchez fight

Clay Guida and Mom, Debbie, talk with Cagewriter’s Steve Cofield about the fight with Diego Sanchez at last weekend’s “TUF 9 Finale.” Mom is Clay’s biggest fan and actually ran up to the cage in the final round pointing and screaming instructions to her son. Please like & share:

“TUF 9 Finale” prelims

The “TUF 9 Finale” took place Saturday night at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. There were a number of preliminary fights not shown on Spike TV, including four fighters from “The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K.”

With two submissions and one TKO, the preliminary fights actually had more finishes than the main card. Four of the five fights on the main card went to the judges for decision.

The most controversial decision of the night had to be Melvin Guillard’s split decision win over Gleison Tibau. While Guillard seemed to have the advantage on the feet and landed some good shots, Tibau repeatedly took him to the ground, maintained more control, and dealt out some ground and pound. However, there is the old saying, “If you let it go to the judges, there is no one to blame but yourself.”

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“TUF 9 Finale” bonuses and live gate

The UFC handed out five bonuses, including an unheard of three “Fight of the Night” awards at The Ultimate Fighter 9 finale on Saturday. It was the first time in the history of the UFC that three separate fights were given “Fight of the Night” honors.

Joe Stevenson vs. Nate Diaz, Chris Lytle vs. Kevin Burns, and Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida won the three fight of the night awards, netting each fighter a well-deserved $25,000 bonus.

The other two bonuses for knockout and submission of the night were both earned on the non-televised undercard. Jason Dent was given submission of the night for his win over fellow TUF 9 castmate Cameron Dollar via anaconda choke. The knockout of the night was given to Tomasz Drwal, who had the only TKO stoppage of the evening over Mike Ciesnolevicz in the first round.

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“The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale” results & play-by-play

PRO MMA (promma.info) will be providing live play-by-play updates and results of tonight’s “The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale” taking place at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.

The event airs on Spike TV beginning at 8pm ET/PT (delayed on West Coast). The TUF 9 welterweight and lightweight tournament finals will be decided as well as a main event showdown between The Ultimate Fighter season 1 winner Diego “The Nightmare” Sanchez vs. the very energetic and tenacious Clay “The Carpenter” Guida.

Quick Results:

Jason Dent def. Cameron Dollar by anaconda choke rd1 (4:46)
Nick Osipczak def. Frank Lester by rear-naked choke rd1 (3:40)
Tomasz Drwal def. Mike Ciesnolevicz by TKO (strikes) rd1 (4:48)
Brad Blackburn def. Edgar Garcia by split decision
Melvin Guillard def. Gleison Tibau by split decision
Joe Stevenson def. Nate Diaz by unanimous decision
Ross Pearson def. Andre Winner by unanimous decision
Chris Lytle def. Kevin Burns by unanimous decision
James Wilks def. Damarques Johnson by rear-naked choke rd1 (4:54)
Diego Sanchez def. Clay Guida by split decision

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“TUF 9 Finale” betting odds (with prop bets)

As they do for every UFC card and every other major MMA event, BetUS.com has all the fight lines for tonight’s “TUF 9 Finale.” What makes this particular card interesting, is BetUS is also providing a whole hand full of prop bets on the main event, Clay Guida vs. Diego Sanchez. Let’s jump right in…

Diego Sanchez -300 vs. Clay Guida +220

Sanchez is looked at as the favorite just as most of us here at PRO MMA (promma.info) agreed on in our staff picks. Of course it is possible Guida could pull off a decision but it is highly unlikely given Sanchez’s wrestling, stand up skills, focus, and the fact he has just come down to lightweight recently from spending most of his career at welterweight.

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PRO MMA’s “The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale” staff picks

“The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale” takes place tonight, Saturday, June 20, 2009, at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. Headlining the card will be The Ultimate Fighter season 1 winner Diego “The Nightmare” Sanchez vs. Clay “The Carpenter” Guida. In addition, the lightweight and welterweight TUF 9 tournament finals will be held, and a new “Ultimate Fighter” will be decided in both weight classes, each receiving a coveted six-figure UFC contract.

As has become our custom for most UFC events and large fight cards, the PRO MMA (promma.info) staff has submitted their predictions. So check out our picks, see if you agree or disagree, let us know who is on the money, and who is off in left field.

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The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs U.K. episode 5 recap

In this episode USA lightweight Santino Defranco (13-4) gets selected to fight Englishman Andre Winner (9-2-1).

Tempe, Arizona’s Santino Defranco reveals he originally tried out for TUF season 2 but was sent home because he had two brain aneurysms. Now he is back, all healed up, fighting for his chance to win a contract with the UFC.

(LW) Santino Defranco vs. Andre Winner
Rd.1 – Santino throws a couple of leg kicks. Santino shoots but gets stuffed. Andre lands a shot to the mid section. Santino gets stuffed again. Andre throws a few punches but nothing really connects. Leg kick Santino, and another. Andre swings, lands a body shot. Santino shoots and pulls guard as Andre sprawls. Santino uses rubber guard to control Andre. Andre slips out, stands up and pounds out Santino until the ref is forced to stop it. Andre Winner defeats Santino Defranco by TKO in round 1.

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