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The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale: Tournament of Champions (12/3/2016) - Las Vegas, NV (Palms Casino Resort)


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The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale: Tournament of Champions 
December 3, 2016
Las Vegas, NV (Palms Casino Resort)

UFC Flyweight Championship: Demetrious Johnson © (124.5) vs. Tim Elliott (125) (ninth defense) - Johnson, DEC (unanimous)
Joseph Benavidez (125.5) vs. Henry Cejudo (125.5) - Benavidez, DEC (split)
Jake Ellenberger (170.25) vs. Jorge Masvidal (171) - Masvidal, TKO (referee stoppage), R1 (4:05)
Ion Cutelaba (205.5) vs. Jared Cannonier (204) - Cannonier, DEC (unanimous)
Sara McMann (135.5) vs. Alexis Davis (134.75) - McMann, SUB (arm triangle choke), R2 (2:52)
Brandon Moreno (126) vs. Ryan Benoit (125.5) - Moreno, DEC (split)

Fox Sports 1 Preliminary Card:
Gray Maynard (145.5) vs. Ryan Hall (145) - Hall, DEC (unanimous)
Rob Font (135.5) vs. Matt Schnell (135.5) - Font, KO (knee and punches), R1 (3:47)
Dong Hyun Kim (155.5) vs. Brendan O'Reilly (155) - Kim, DEC (unanimous)
Kailin Curran (116) vs. Jamie Moyle (115) - Moyle, DEC (unanimous)

Fight Pass Preliminary Card:
Elvis Mutapcic (185) vs. Anthony Smith (185.5) - Smith, TKO (standing elbow and punches), R2 (3:27)
Josh Stansbury (204.5) vs. Devin Clark (205.5) - Clark, DEC (unanimous)

Event Bonuses ($50,000):
Performance of the Night: Anthony Smith
Performance of the Night: Sara McMann
Fight of the Night: Ion Cutelaba vs. Jared Cannonier

Attendance: 2,044
Gate: $188,602
Rating: 1.03 million viewers

Cancelled Bouts:
Josh Stansbury vs. Jake Collier - Injury to Collier
Alejandro Pérez vs. Rob Font - Injury to Font

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this is the first season of TUF i've watched all the way through since season 2. i jumped in and out on season 4, and followed season 10 until i got to see the one fight i wanted to watch (Nelson vs Kimbo, which ended up being episode 1 or 2). i really enjoyed it. the 'all champions' idea was a great hook for me. was surprised to see Hiro and Shelton make it as far as they did, i was pretty sure early on we were getting a Pantoja vs Elliot final.
i'm actually fairly surprised that the final never got spoiled, at least that i saw. i wasn't looking for spoilers, but i figured that i would've had it ruined for me at some point. glad that didn't happen.

that being said, Tim looked good, but not nearly good enough to beat DJ. in the final with Hiro, he was gassed pretty hard early in round 3. i know it was a tough fight, but we all know DJ has the lung capacity to go for 5 rounds easily. should be a decent enough fight, but i doubt too many are predicting a new champ.

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Fuck, that was just getting fun.  I'm a weirdo who loves these types of fights.  Put Masvidal or Ellenberger in the cage with anyone in the top 25 welterweights, and I'll be glued to my television. 

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