Nelson (right) lamped Matt Mitrione in Las Vegas. | Jim
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Mitrione was not ready for Roy
Nelson (18-7, 5-3 UFC) dispatched the Blackzilians representative
with a crushing three-punch combination and follow-up ground
strikes in the first round of their main event at “The Ultimate
Fighter 16” Finale on Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in
It was over 2:58 after it began.
Mitrione (5-2, 5-2 UFC) did well for a time, as he belted the
former International Fight League champion with heavy kicks to the
arms, body and legs. However, Nelson’s punching power made its
appearance a little more than midway through round one, as he
floored Mitrione with a right uppercut-left hook-overhand right
combination. “Big Country” -- whose original opponent, Shane
Carwin, withdrew from the event with a knee injury -- finished
it with a series of jackhammer right hands on his turtled
“I used to submit everybody when I first started, but when I got my
first knockout, I said, ‘Man, this is so much easier than this
wrestling and jiu-jitsu stuff,’” Nelson said. “I was looking to
pick him apart in the second and third and show all the critics
that a fat boy can go five rounds.”
Smith Captures Latest ‘Ultimate Fighter’ Crown
Smith utilized a spirit-sapping clinch game and excellent
positional grappling to defeat
Tristar Gym export Mike Ricci by
unanimous decision in “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 16 welterweight
final. All three cageside judges scored it for Smith (4-1, 1-0
UFC): 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26.
Smith (top) blasted Ricci.
Ricci, a natural 155-pound fighter, entered the cage with all the
fanfare, but had no answer for what he encountered. Smith delivered
takedowns and transitioned to the Canadian’s back in all three
rounds, threatening with chokes and peppering him with light but
effective punches and elbows. The 25-year-old Des Moines, Iowa,
native benefitted from an inadvertent low blow in the second round
that went unnoticed by referee Steve Mazzagatti. It was an
advantage he did not need.
Smith controlled virtually every minute of the bout. Ricci made one
last bid for victory late in the third round, where he reversed
into top position and transitioned to an attempted armbar. Smith
defended, freed his arm and moved out of danger.
“It’s sweet. I wanted to finish the fight,” Smith said. “Ricci,
first of all, is a 155-pound fighter. He’s tough as nails, and he
whooped the crap out of everybody in the house. I knew he was a
very dangerous opponent, and I had to be careful with him.”
Heavy-Handed Barry Victimizes Del Rosario
bushwhacked Team Oyama’s Shane del
Rosario with a brutal multi-punch combination 26 seconds into
the second round of their featured heavyweight matchup. An overhand
left put del Rosario (11-2, 0-2 UFC) on shaky footing and a searing
right hook resulted in a highlight-reel knockout.
Barry left del Rosario down and out.
Barry (8-5, 5-5 UFC) wandered into danger in the first round, as
del Rosario struck for a takedown, transitioned to his back and
threatened him with a series of submissions. The rear-naked choke,
the armbar and the omaplata all failed, and Barry survived to see
Once there, the New Orleans native wasted no time in getting down
to business. He rocked del Rosario with a left, pursued him with
more heavy artillery and finished him in violent fashion.
“It’s a rough ride coming out here,” Barry said. “Anybody who says
they don’t get nervous before a fight is a liar, or they’ve never
been hit in the head. There have just been a lot of ups and
Poirier Choke Submits Brookins
Top Team’s Dustin
Poirier submitted “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 12 winner
Brookins with a first-round brabo choke in an entertaining
featherweight showcase. Brookins (13-6, 2-3 UFC) conceded defeat
4:15 into round one.
Poirier blew Brookins away.
Poirier (13-2, 5-1 UFC) engaged in a wild early exchange with the
Floridian and weathered several clubbing right hands. As the fight
deepened, Poirier slowly established his superiority. He buckled
Brookins with a right hand of his own with a little more than a
minute to go in the first round, swarmed with punches against the
cage and cinched the choke on an ill-advised takedown attempt.
“I knew Brookins had a solid cross,” Poirier said. “He hurt me
early on against the fence, but, luckily, I clipped his chin and
made him back up a little bit. I watched his last fight a lot, and
he got caught against the fence with an anaconda. When he gave it
to me, I thought, ‘This is unreal. He’s not doing it again.’ Sure
enough, it was in there.”More TUF 16 Finale »
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