Yahya didn’t look terrible by any means and nearly beat streaking newcomer Niinimaki as indicated by the scorecards. Still, he lost and ultimately saw a three-fight winning streak laid to waste as a result. Since his stock didn’t take a huge hit, another stand-out 145er coming off a defeat would make a lot of sense for Yahya’s next opponent. Think Clay Guida or Erik Koch.
Another TUF Finale is in the books, giving up-and-coming talent from the recent season an opportunity to shine on the sport’s biggest stage as well as a chance for more established veterans to prove their place on the roster is well-deserved. Ten athletes exited the Octagon last night with heads hung low after suffering a defeat, though not all of the stumbles were devastating or particularly notable for that matter. However, in the case of some of the Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale competitors, coming up short will have a definite impact on their immediate futures… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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