For the most part, the Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale was a forgettable event rather than the historic showcase it seemed would be in store for fans when the season’s concept was first announced. The undercard underwhelmed, the respective finals weren’t competitive, and Gray Maynard laid an egg against Nate Diaz in the main event. Some quick thoughts: Ryan Benoit getting $50,000 of opponent Josh Sampo’s bonus money based on coming in heavy sent a fitting message to fighters on the UFC roster about making weight but, unfortunately, came at the cost of depriving a needy fighter of 4X his normal pay day for being 1.5 pounds over / Maximo Blanco-Akira Corassani needs to re-booked so the MMA world can move on from the illegal knee ending the latter’s night / Raquel Pennington is surprisingly raw and didn’t show any real growth since being on the show / Chris Holdsworth has the most potential of any TUF winner in some time / Julianna Pena already has the sport down in terms of being exciting in the cage combined with self-marketing / Nate Diaz’s power was unexpectedly awesome / Gray Maynard could end up in Bellator or WSOF by year’s end unless he gets back to his roots and stops trying to strike with superior stand-up artists.
Welcome back to the 10-Point Must! Every week I’ll give my thoughts on ten topics from the past seven days with hopes the readership will contribute their takes as well in the Comments section. This time around, subjects range from Chael Sonnen‘s safety in Brazil to UFC Fight Night 33 to Mauricio Rua‘s desire to see soccer kicks in the Octagon (and much more in-between). (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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