FiveOuncesOfPain.com will be here all night bringing you the latest results and fight updates from The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale that is set to take place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The live event is scheduled to air on Spike TV at 10 pm ET, but the live results for the preliminary action will begin flowing in at around 7 pm ET.
Lightweight and welterweight contracts will be on the line as Ross Pearson squares off with Andre Winner to determine this seasons 155 pound champion, while DaMarques Johnson and James Wilks slug it out to decide the 170 pound winner.
The main event of the evening pits two of the UFC’s most exciting lightweights up against one another in a bout that will push the victor that much closer to a future title shot as Diego Sanchez butts heads with Clay Guida.
Also featured on the televised broadcast will be a lightweight match-up between Joe Stevenson and Nate Diaz.
Jason Dent vs. Cameron Dollar
They trade punches and leg kicks for the beginning of the first before a big uppercut from Dollar drops Dent. Dent gets back to his feet but continues to take punishment in the form of big punches from Dollar. With less than a minute left in the first round Dollar has a takedown stuffed and Dent locks in the come from behind anaconda choke to force the tapout with just four seconds left on the clock.
Winner: Jason Dent – Submission Round One (Anaconda Choke)
Frank Lester vs. Nick Osipczak
Osipczak forces a takedown after blocking a leg kick and takes side control. Lester is back to his feet and they clinch against the fence before the referee separates them. Lester takes Osipczak’s back standing and attempts to slam him to no avail. Osipczak defends well and winds up dropping for a guillotine before spinning around for the rear-naked choke victory.
Winner: Nick Osipczak – Submission Round One (Rear-Naked Choke)
Mike Ciesnolevicz vs.Tomasz Drwal
The fighters clinch up against the fence following about a minute of “nothing much”. Drwal gets the takedown but Ciesnolevicz is back to his feet shortly afterwords. They meet in the middle of the octagon only for Drwal to score another takedown . Ciesnolevicz is back to his feet, but is quickly dragged back down. Up, down, up, down,up down…..Ciesnolevicz is back up once again but is met with a shower of punches from Drwal. Ciesnolevicz clinches up but once they are separated. Drwal picks up where he left off, punishing Ciesnolevicz standing before dropping him with a big knee and sealing the deal with some good old fashioned ground and pound.
Winner: Tomasz Drwal – TKO Round One
Brad Blackburn vs. Edgar Garcia
Blackburn rocks the UFC newcomer badly in the early moments of round one before Garcia picks up Blackburn and slams him to the canvas. Blackburn is up and they begin to pummel each other with hard punches. The fireworks don’t let up for the duration of the first round. A beautifully violent battle thus far. The first ends on a sour note as a low knee from Garcia extends the break between rounds an extra minute for Blackburn to recover.
The second starts right where they left off with each man trying to knock the others head from his shoulders. This time a low kick from Blackburn forces a break in the action. Garcia starts the action back off by landing a couple of hard leg kicks and they’re back to trading punches and leg kicks for the rest of the round.
The third round ends with both men doused in blood and both being rocked multiple times in what is the clear front runner for “Fight of the Night” honors. Let’s hope this one makes the televised portion.
Winner: Brad Blackburn – Split Decision
Many in the crowd aren’t very happy with the decision.
Melvin Guillard vs. Gleison Tibau
Guillard lands a couple of big punches and has Tibau on the retreat. He follows the Brazilian and lands another big shot. Tibau goes for the takedown but is reversed. They switch positions before Tibau scores the takedown. Melvin is right back to his feet. They trade punches for a bit but Tibau closes the round strong off of two more takedowns.
Tibau controls the second round with a series of strong takedowns. Guillard just seems to have no answer for Tibau’s wrestling so far. Every time he manges to scramble back to his feet his is swiftly taken back down to the canvas.
Tibau continues dominating with the wrestling as he drags Guillard to the mat and takes mount but does nothing with it. Eventually Tibau creates some space and lands a couple of meaningful punches. Guillard is able to get back into half guard. Guillard manages to get to his feet and tries a takedown of his own but is reversed and ends up on his back once again. Tibau drops punches from the top before taking the mount just before the conclusion of the third and final round.
Winner: Melvin Guillard – Split Decision
Joe Stevenson vs. Nate Diaz
Stevenson goes for a takedown early in the first and he’s caught in a guillotine but escapes shortly after. Joe controls from the top. Joe eventually locks up a nasty mounted guillotine but Nate escapes once again. Diaz is back to his feet but Stevenson quickly gets him back to the mat. Stevenson hovers over Diaz and drops punches before the fight ends up on the feet one last time. Stevenson locks up a standing guillotine and punishes Diaz with kness to conclude the first.
The second sees Stevenson controlling Diaz with superior wrestling and top control. Stevenson is constantly fending off Diaz submission attempts while dropping punches and keeping Diaz in place on the ground.
Nate switches roles on Stevenson and scores a takedown a minute into the third round. Diaz dishes out a little of his own ground and pound before dropping back for the guillotine choke. Stevenson is out and reverses Diaz up against the cage where he punishes him with knees to the legs and midsection. They separate after a long clinch with just fifty seconds to go in the round. The final round ends with Stevenson falling short on three consecutive takedown atempts.
Winner: Joe Stevenson – Unanimous Decision
Ross Pearson vs. Andre Winner (lightweight finals)
Both men size each other up before they clinch up against the cage. Halfway through the round and they’re still clinched up. Not much happening with a minute and a half to go in the first. A low knee to Pearson causes a temporary halt to the action. Pearson comes out throwing big punches and Winner answers before they clinch up once again. Winner finishes the round by separating and landing a couple of meaningful shots to the chin of Pearson.
They wind up in the clinch again in the early goings of the second round. Pearson digs hard for a takedown in the clinch but comes up empty. Halfway through the second and their still clinched up. They finally separate with a minute and a half to go in the round. Pearson lands a big right hand which he follows with a hard knee to the midsection of Winner. And we’re back in the clinch for the duration of the round.
Back to the clinch for the start of the third round. This is getting hard to watch. They split up and begin to trade hard punches before ending up back in the clinch. They split up again and Pearson is swinging for the fences. Back to the clinch and Pearson drops down for a single leg but Pearson stuffs it. They finish off the fight briefly trading punches. A lackluster fight at best.
Winner: Ross Pearson – Unanimous Decision
Chris Lytle vs. Kevin Burns
Lytle comes out throwing big bombs. Burns is working his kicks as Lytle coninues to throw big haymakers. Burns lands a big left hand that backs Lytle up just a bit. Both men are throwing every shot with very bad intentions. Lytle takes a kick to the cup that forces a temporary pause. Burns drops Lytle with a big punch and follows him to the canvas with punches. It appears as if Lytle may have tapped but the referee doesn’t see it and he recovers. The round ends with Burns punishing Lytle with bruising knees to the body.
Lytle lands a huge right hand that rocks Burns early on in the second. They continue to trade big strikes. It’s like watching rock’em-sock’em robots on slightly slow motion as they throw everything they have with every shot. Another low blow to Lytle causes a stop in the action. They get back to business but another low knee by Burns causes another stoppage. The round ends with neither man giving an inch.
They come out in the third trying to decapitate one another. Burns has a nasty cut near his right eye. Lytle smells blood and he’s stalking Burns with big bombs. Lytle continues to push forward winging wide poweful punches as Burns retreats with less than two minutes left in the fight. A big body punch lands for Lytle. Burns pushes forward for the last ten seconds as they trade power shots to bring a conclusion to this ferocious welterweight battle.
Winner: Chris Lytle – Unanimous Decision
DaMarques Johnson vs. James Wilks (welterweight finals)
Wilks clinches up with Johnson and throws some knees before Johnson is able to separate. Back in the clinch Wilks continues to deliver knees before taking Johnson to the canvas. Wilks latches on to a knee and looks for the submission but Johnson escapes and punishes Wilks with punches. Johnson swings away from the top and is caught in a tight triangle choke but he escapes. Wilks scrambles around to take Johnson’s back and sink in the fight winning rear-naked choke.
Winner: James Wilks – Submission Round One (Rear-Naked Choke)
Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida
They start out trading ferociously before Sanchez rocks Guida badly with a big combination of punches. Sanchez continues to punish Guida on the feet. Guida scores a takedown and controls Sanchez from the top. Time is called to replace Guida’s mouthpiece. They rerstart on the feet and Guida is rocked bad by a Sanchez head kick. Amazingly Guida recovers and scrambles back to his feet. Sanchez unleashes a hail storm of punches on Guida that force him to clinch up. Guida winds up on the canvas absorbing Sanchez punches but manages to work his way back to his feet.
Guida controls the bulk of the second round from the top position while landing short strikes. Sanchez continually scores with downward elbows to the head of Guida throughout the second round. The fight is like a scene from a zombie movie as both men are drenched in blood.
Sanchez lands several hard punches on the feet in the first half of the final round before Guida answers back with a few hard shots of his own. Guida goes for a takedown and winds up with Diego trying to take his back but scrambles free to end up in the top position. Sanchez is searching for a kimura from the bottom but Guida is loose and finishes the round pounding away at Sanchez in another great fight.
Winner: Diego Sanchez – Split Decision