FREE: That insane 2009 bout between Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida

At the TUF 9 finale we got one of the best fights of that year and honestly one of the best ever. It wasn’t a technical masterpiece per say but it was a battle that left you wanting one more round. It showcased the aggression and guts the pair were known for. Here it is for those of you who remember and for those who don’t – buckle up.

In the trenches; MMA as a career – a talk with John David Shackelford had the opportunity to speak with John David Shackelford of “The Fight Clinic” in Memphis, Tenn. recently.  John David is fresh off a big win over Mike Foster on May 15 at the Isle of Capri Casino in Lula, Miss. John David made the entrance of the night at Lula by lighting up the arena … Read more

Topps “Blown away” by success of UFC Round 1 trading cards, Brock Lesnar and TUF 9 autograph cards coming in Round 2

Topp’s director of product development, Clay Luraschi, recently talked with Tracy Hackler at about the trading card industry, and dropped big news as it relates to the very popular line of UFC sports trading cards.

Luraschi and Topps knew they were on to something big when they partnered with the UFC for Round 1, but didn’t know exactly how big the impact would be once the product dropped.

“We knew we wanted to put out a solid product,” said Luraschi, “and we worked very closely with the UFC in doing that.”

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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.

“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 ( 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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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 ( 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 9 Finale weigh-in results

The weigh-ins for “The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K. Finale” took place today, Friday, June 19th, at the Key West Ballroom inside the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.

Headliners Clay Guida and Diego Sanchez as well as all four “TUF 9” finalists made weight.  The other four “TUF 9” contestants fighting on the undercard also made weight. In fact, everyone made weight except for *Mike Ciesnolevicz who tipped the scales at 208 pounds, two pounds over the 206-pound limit allowable for a light heavyweight non-title fight.

“TUF 9 Finale” weigh-in results:

(LW) Clay Guida (155 lbs.) vs. Diego Sanchez (156 lbs.)
(WW) Kevin Burns (171 lbs.) vs. Chris Lytle (170 lbs.)
(LW) Nate Diaz (156 lbs.) vs. Joe Stevenson (155 lbs.)
TUF 9 welterweight finals
DaMarques Johnson (170 lbs.) vs. James Wilks (171 lbs.)
TUF 9 lightweight finals
Ross Pearson (156 lbs.) vs. Andre Winner (155 lbs.)

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TUF thoughts

The Ultimate Fighter: US vs. UK has come to an end. This Saturday the winners of season 9 will be decided and one new welterweight and one new lightweight fighter will be added to the UFC roster.

Some of the greatest TV series of all time did not last as long as TUF. What I consider to be the best TV series ever, The Sopranos, only went through season six. The Wire only went five. Hell, the Brady Bunch only lasted five seasons.

For a series to go nine full seasons is nothing short of spectacular; and it is not done yet, which is even more remarkable for several reasons, not the least of which is arguably how stale the show has become.

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The Ultimate Fighter: US vs. UK Finale airs Saturday June 20 on Spike TV

This Sat., June 20, 2009, The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K. Finale takes place at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nev., and will air live on Spike TV beginning at 9pm ET/PT.

PRO MMA ( will be providing live round-by-round updates and results throughout the event.

Fighting for a six-figure UFC contract will be The Ultimate Fighter season 9 welterweight finalists DaMarques Johnson (13-6) and James Wilks (5-2).

Wilks, from Team U.K., defeated Frank Lester in the final episode of TUF 9 this past Wednesday to earn his spot in the finals. DaMarques Johnson is the lone fighter from Team U.S. to earn a spot in the finals.

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