Veteran fighter Mike Pyle walked away from Saturday’s TUF 16 Finale as the top earning with a win / show purse totaling $78,000. Pyle closed out the preliminary portion of the card with a TKO finish of James Head just under two minutes into the first round. The impressive win was his third consecutive win, all by way of knockout.
Saturday night in Las Vegas, Colton Smith was crowned The Ultimate Fighter 16 winner with a slow, grinding unanimous decision win over Mike Ricci in the TUF 16 Finale co-main event. Smith dominated the fight with his wrestling to win the six figure contract but the bout pretty much summed up the 16th season of The Ultimate Fighter in just 15 minutes.
Roy Nelson may be a thorn in the side of Dana White, but he continues to cement his legitimacy in the heavyweight division through a tough jaw and some of the heaviest hands (and body) around. Nelson may be considered a walking oxymoron but there aren’t many guys in the heavyweight division that want to stand across from him, or that could for three full rounds.
Still recovering from the onslaught on MMA action this past weekend? Two UFC cards that crowned three new Ultimate fighter winners, Bellator 84 had another fight pushed back at the last-minute and Legacy Fighting Champion 16 all happened in a span on 24 hours.
Amidst everything else going on, the UFC has themselves a busy day today with the UFC on FX 6 taking place in Australia and The Ultimate Fighter 16 finale weigh-ins. All 24 fighters made weight today for tomorrow’s event that will crown The Ultimate Fighter 16 welterweight winner.
Ultimate Fighter 16 semifinalist Neil Magney and Jon Manley might not be fighting in Saturday’s TUF 16 final, but the two appear likely to still get their official UFC debut. The two welterweights that were just one fight away from the final will face each other in February at UFC 157, this according to MMAJunkie.
Not only is The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale taking place this weekend but the second international version of the reality shot, TUF: Smashes will also be holding their finale in Australia. With the time difference the Australian card airs on Friday, while the domestic TUF 16 finale will air live on Saturday from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In some tricky scheduling, we have two TUF Finales in two days, with TUF: The Smashes and TUF 16: Carwin vs. Nelson. While Carwin vs. Nelson itself will be put on the shelf due to Carwin's knee injury, we're still treated to a solid card with Matt Mitrione stepping in on short notice against Nelson. Being as us American folks missed out of The Smashes, I'll be combining these two cards into one epic fight report for your reading pleasure, so let's dig into the massive report.