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*LIVE UPDATES* The Ultimate Fighter Redemption Finale Official Results

Matthew Wells



Live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada is The Ultimate Fighter Redemption Finale.

Kicking off the first of two events as a part of International Fight Week, this event on Friday evening is headlined by a lightweight matchup between #5 Michael Johnson (18-11) and Justin Gaethje (17-0).

Gaethje, the former WSOF Champion, brings his undefeated professional record into this, his first fight under the UFC banner. Known for his fearless aggression, “The Highlight” is an apt nickname as he has created multiple highlight reel finishes of his opponents during his ten fight run with WSOF. Now on the big stage, Gaethje will finally have the opportunity to prove his skills are transferrable against some of the biggest names in the sport.

Looking to spoil his debut is a top five opponent in Johnson, who is no stranger to highlight reel finishes himself. With his lightning-quick hands, Johnson is a problem for any fighter in the division in the stand up game, which makes this fight against Gaethje an incredibly intriguing matchup. Johnson is coming off a loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UF C205, but prior to that, he knocked out Dustin Poirier in spectacular fashion at UFC Fight Night 94.

This event will also crown the winner of season 25 of The Ultimate Fighter. This season was tagged “Redemption” as fighters who were competitors of the show in the past were given another opportunity to emerge from the house with a UFC contract and a $250,000 cash prize.

The two finalists, Jesse Taylor (30-15) and Dhiego Lima (12-5) are set to go to battle in order to determine the season’s winner.

Lima, originally a TUF 19 Finalist, lost the finale to Eddie Gordon, but was still given a chance to compete in the UFC. He won his first fight against Jorge de Oliveira at UFC Fight Night 56, but followed it up with two stoppage losses and was given his walking papers. Now, after fighting his way to the finals of TUF 25, he is one more win away from another UFC contract.

Taylor, originally a TUF 7 competitor, was blazing through the competition, however an incident outside of the cage during the season caused UFC President Dana White to send him home early. Taylor was given one shot in the UFC after the season, and unfortunately for him, lost to C.B. Dollaway in the first round. Given a shot to prove himself once again, Taylor has put up dominating performances on the way to the finals of the 25th season, much like he did in Season 7.

Keep up with the official results below as the card plays out and follow along on Twitter @mmalatestnws for up to the moment action.

The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale Official Results:


  • #5 Michael Johnson (18-12) vs. Justin Gaethje (18-0)
    • Result: Justin Gaethje def. Michael Johnson via TKO (Punches), Round 2 – 4:48
  • Jesse Taylor (31-15) vs. Dhiego Lima (12-6)
    • Result: Jesse Taylor def. Dhiego Lima via Submission (Rear-naked choke), Round 2 – 0:43
  • Marc Diakiese (12-1) vs. Drakkar Klose (7-0-1)
    • Result: Drakkar Klose def. Marc Diakiese via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs. Nick Roehrick (7-1)
    • Result: Jared Cannonier def. Nick Roehrick via TKO (Elbows), Round 3 – 2:08
  • Brad Tavares (15-4) vs. Elias Theodorou (14-2)
    • Result: Brad Tavares def. Elias Theodorou via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Jordan Johnson (8-0) vs. Marcel Fortuna (9-2)
    • Result: Jordan Johnson def. Marcel Fortuna via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)


  • Angela Hill (7-3) vs. Ashley Yoder (5-3)
    • Result: Angela Hill def. Ashley Yoder via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • James Krause (24-7) vs. Tom Gallicchio (19-10)
    • Result: James Krause def. Tom Gallicchio via Unanimous Decision ( 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Ed Herman (24-13, 1NC) vs. CB Dollaway (17-9)
    • Result: CB Dollaway def. Ed Herman via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
  • #5 Tecia Torres (9-1) vs. Juliana Lima (9-4)
    • Result: Tecia Torres def. Juliana Lima via Submission (Rear-naked choke), Round 2 – 0:53


  • Gray Maynard (14-7-1, 1NC) vs. Teruto Ishihara (10-4-2)
    • Result: Gray Maynard def. Teruto Ishihara via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

*Jessica Eye (11-6, 1NC) vs. Aspen Ladd (5-0) was scratched minutes before the event started Friday evening.

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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”



Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:

Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”

Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.

Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”

Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217



UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.


This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results



Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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