Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale Results: Martin Kampmann pulls off the upset with knockout of Jake Ellenberger

Tonight marks a treat for MMA fans who have been tuning in over the past few months to watch the latest season of TUF, as well as for those who simply enjoy taking in a good scrap or two, thanks to the Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale. The show features a main event between welterweight contenders Jake Ellenberger-Martin Kampmann.

The 27-5 Ellenberger has won his last six fights including success against Mike Pyle, Jake Shields, and Diego Sanchez, while Kampmann holds an overall record of 19-5 and is coming off back-to-back victories over Rick Story/Thiago Alves.

The card is also highlighted by a tilt between TUF 15 finalists Al Iaquinta-Michael Chiesa set to determine the show’s latest champion, plus TUF 12 winner Jonathan Brookins battles Brazilian finisher Charles Oliveira earlier in the evening.

As always, Five Ounces of Pain will be tuned in from beginning to end and relaying real time results back to readers as they unfold from the arena. Things kick off on Facebook at 6:25 PM EST with a single match-up before Fuel TV handles business from 7:00 PM EST until FX takes over two hours later.

Read below for a rundown of TUF 15 Finale results:

Erik Perezdef. John Albert via Submission Round 1 (Armbar)
Joe Proctor def. Jeremy Larsen via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Sam Sicilia def. Cristiano Marcello via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Myles Jury def. Chris Saunders via Submission Round 1 (Guillotine Choke)
Daron Cruickshank def. Chris Tickle via Unanimous Decision
Justin Lawrence def. John Cofer via Knockout Round 2 (Head Kick)
Max Holloway def. Pat Schilling via Unanimous Decision
Charles Oliveira def. Jonathan Brookins via Submission Round 2 (Guillotine Choke)
Michael Chiesa def. Al Iaquinta via Technical Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Martin Kampmann def. Jake Ellenberger via Knockout Round 2 (Knee)

16 COMMENTS
  • Richard Stabone says:

    I like both fighters but this is a matchup that I think will allow Ellenberger to showcase his talents. If Kampmann has another one of his slow starts, it could be over within the first couple of rounds. But it’ll be interesting if it does reach the later rounds to see how Ellenberger holds up… I believe the talk of him having a suspect gas tank is totally overrated.

    Either way, Jake wins this one. And if it weren’t for GSP’s injury holding up the title fights, he’d be ready for his shot. But as it is, let Jake fight Hendricks next to determine the next #1 contender.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Congratulations Winslow, you officially are the worst ref in the business. That chick needs to go.

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  • crane_style says:

    That was a terrible stoppage by Winslow. I don’t think Albert gets out of that armbar without a broken bone, and he grabbed the fence at least 3 times and should have lost a point, but still, there is no way it should have been stopped.

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  • Dufresne says:

    What a KO!

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Holy nuts…main event was playing out just as I expected and then…bam!! It’s one thing to be a counter striker but Kampmann realllyyy tested fate there. Incredible comeback for the 2nd straight fight for Martin, and while Jake is an absolute beast this fight (and going back to the 3rd round of the Diego fight) should teach him that he’s gotta balance his all-out aggression with some level of restraint/defense.

    I picked (and hoped) Ellenberger to win but the silver lining for me is that this shuts up the people calling for Condit to fight Jake again (despite beating him during Condits’ current win streak). Now Kampmann, who is also an incredibly game fighter & can handle adversity in the cage with the best of them, should get a matchup with Hendricks to determine the #1 contender to take on the winner of GSP/Condit.

    Another good night of fights.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    And if Diaz ever decides giving up pot for a few weeks would be easier than getting suspended & hiring lawyers, it’d be really cool to see him back in the mix as well. Love watching that dude fight; just wish he had the maturity level of his younger brother.

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  • Best tuf finale since the heavyweights! Martin really showed off his toughness both mentally and physically and Jake showed a poor gas tank and suspect chin. I wonder if this might spark The NBK to defebd

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  • AHHH.! Stupid smart phone keyboard ..as I was saying I hope this prompts Carlos to fight The hitman…its his only loss on 5 plus years and it was ultra close. Plus this holding up the division shit has to stop.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    It was a good night of fights, that head kick was amazing.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    @superdave…you’re pretty adamant about Condit fighting again before GSP, rather than holding up the division. As a fan I totally understand where you’re coming from, but I also feel with his current win streak that Carlos has done more than enough to make that call on his own.

    Do you also feel Nate Diaz should fight Pettis or when it comes to Nate are you ok with him chilling on the sidelines while he waits for his shot?

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Kampmann doesn’t deserve a title-shot. Let him fight Hendricks in four months and then the winner of GSP-Condit will have an opponent to face in the first quarter of 2013.

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  • MCM says:

    Since his last legit loss, Condit beat these guys to get a title shot.
    Ellenberger – unranked
    McDonlad – unranked
    Hardy – top 10
    Kim – top 15
    Diaz – top10

    Since his last legit loss, Kampmann has beaten
    Volkmann – unranked
    Paulo – top 10
    Sanchez – top 15
    Story – top 10
    Alves – top 10
    Ellenberger – top 10
    And more than half the people watching thought he beat top 3 Shields.

    So how can you say Kampmann doesn’t deserve a title-shot?

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Kampmann is a damn good fighter and has put together a nice run himself. He’s had some bad fortune (Diego decision), some good fortune (Alves fight) and a little in between (ugly fight against Shields in which neither guy did anything to impress).

    As tough as the decision losses were to swallow, the fact of the matter is Martin’s record in his last four fights was 2-2 heading into last night’s matchup with Ellenberger. So now that he’s positioned for a #1 contender match, I’d say things have worked out pretty damn well for him, all things considered.

    As for Condit, I’ve said many times I feel he’s done more than enough to earn the right to make the decision on whether he takes another fight or waits for his crack at GSP. Considering how things turned out for a guy like Pettis, who opted to take another tough fight rather than wait for a title shot as he could have, I completely understand why guys like Condit and Nate Diaz have decided to wait for their shot, even if it means a longer than ideal layoff.

    And I haven’t seen/heard anything to suggest GSP’s rehab isn’t right on track for a late 2012 return, as has been speculated for a while now. So for Condit we’re talking about a 9-month gap between the Diaz fight and GSP matchup… yeah it’s not ideal, but it just doesn’t seem like as big a deal as many fans have tried to make it out to be. Nate Diaz will likely be on the sidelines for at least that long before his title shot eventually rolls around.

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    You’re mah boy MCM but I can’t help but chuckle at the way you’re using the “legit” label. Apparently Condit gets credit for beating Ellenberger and Diaz despite both wins being extremely close decisions, yet Diego Sanchez and Jake Shields don’t get credit for their wins over Kampmann despite both wins being extremely close decisions (not to mention Kampmann could have easily come up short on the scorecards against Rick Story too and Volkmann is a lightweight who just got choked out in the first round).

    Legit indeed.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Hell, there were rumblings of Kampmann fighting for his spot in the UFC as recently as late 2011 when he was coming off the 2 straight “losses.” As misguided as that talk was, I’ll again say that Kampmann now being positioned for a #1 contender fight barely half a year later is a pretty remarkable turnaround in fortune and I’m sure he’s thrilled to be where he’s at. I get that we’re fans, and we want to see the top guys fight as often as possible, but sometimes I think the excitement overtakes the logic.

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  • MCM says:

    Don’t get it twisted Brendhan. Condit lost the Ellenberger fight IMO, and was gifted the McDonald fight which should have been a draw. I argued with superdavenorcal at the time that Condit didn’t deserve to fight Hardy coming off a title shot. I thought he beat Diaz though.
    My point was legit Losses not legit Wins. And I still stand by the statement that Kampmann has done easily as much as Condit to deserve a title shot.

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