Mike Ciesnolevicz discusses the long road back to the UFC – a ProMMAnow.com exclusive

UFC and IFL veteran Mike Ciesnolevicz discusses his UFC stint, his release from the organization, and his decision to leave the Pat Miletich camp in this exclusive interview.

“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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UFC 93: FRANKLIN vs. HENDERSON results & play by play

PRO MMA (http://promma.info) has the real time live play by play results of UFC 93: FRANKLIN VS. HENDERSON from the 02 Arena in Dublin, Ireland.

Main Event
(LHW) Dan Henderson defeats Rich Franklin by split decision
Main Card
(LHW) Mauricio Rua defeats Mark Coleman by TKO (strikes) in rd 3
(MW) Rousimar Palhares def. Jeremy Horn by unanimous decision
(MW) Alan Belcher def. Denis Kang by submission (guillotine) in rd 2
(WW) Marcus Davis def. Chris Lytle by split decision
Preliminary Card
(WW) John Hathaway def. Tom Egan by TKO (strikes) in rd 1
(LW) Dennis Siver def. Nate Mohr by TKO in rd 3
(LHW) Tomasz Drwal def. Ivan Serati by TKO (strikes) in rd 1
(LHW) Eric Schafer def. Antonio Mendes by TKO (strikes) in rd 1
(WW) Martin Kampmann def. Alexandre Barros by TKO (strikes) in rd 2

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