LAS VEGAS – Once she got Jessica Rakoczy on her back, it was smooth sailing for Julianna Pena, who posted a first-round TKO victory to win “The Ultimate Fighter 18.”

The bout co-headlined the TUF 18 Finale on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Pena (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who gave head coach Miesha Tate two “TUF 18? winners on the night, took Team Rousey’s Rakoczy (1-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) to the mat and simply overwhelmed her with a ground-and-pound assault once there. It led to a TKO victory with just one second remaining in the first round.

Check out the video highlights above.

Also see:

And for complete coverage of the TUF 18 Finale, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

TUF Winner Barzola Faces Bochniak on Aug. 27

  • 28 days ago
  • 0 views

On Saturday, August 27, Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada will be the site for an intriguing featherweight bout, as Peru's Enrique Barzola makes his first start since winning The read news >>

UFC 200 Primer: Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena Head-to-Toe Breakdown

  • 26 days ago
  • 57 views

The focus at UFC 200 on July 9 may be on the women's bantamweight championship fight between Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes, but another bout at 135 pounds is worth keeping an eye on as well. The featu read news >>

The Complete Guide to UFC Fight Night 90 and TUF 23 Finale

  • 25 days ago
  • 50 views

International Fight Week begins with a pair of stacked cards in the lead-up to UFC 200. On Thursday, July 7, the UFC's Fight Pass platform plays host to a fun Fight Night event headlined by a lightwe read news >>

The Complete Guide to UFC Fight Night 90 and TUF 23 Finale

  • 25 days ago
  • 7 views

International Fight Week begins with a pair of stacked cards in the lead-up to UFC 200. On Thursday, July 7, the UFC's Fight Pass platform plays host to a fun Fight Night event headlined by a lightwe read news >>

By the Numbers – TUF 23 Finale

  • 24 days ago
  • 59 views

Go inside the numbers of The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale, featuring a main event title fight between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha. read news >>

TUF 23 Primer: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha Head-to-Toe Breakdown

  • 23 days ago
  • 97 views

No. 1-ranked* Joanna Jedrzejczyk (11-0) and No. 2-ranked Claudia Gadelha (13-1) will be set to continue their feud at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale. The two previously met in a closely contested tit read news >>

TUF 23 Finale Video: Claudia Gadelha – The Championship is Coming Home

  • 22 days ago
  • 16 views

Top ranked women's Strawweight Claudia Gadelha believes that she is the perfect fighter to dethrone undefeated champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and bring the belt home to Brazil. read news >>

TUF 23 Finale Joe Rogan Video Preview: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha

  • 20 days ago
  • 39 views

UFC commentator Joe Rogan previews one of the biggest rivalries in MMA, as Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha fight in a rematch for the strawweight title. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 90 & TUF 23 Finale: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

  • 18 days ago
  • 19 views

UFC 200 comes our way on Saturday, but the UFC will also give us two additional events in the days preceding the stacked card. Each card features a UFC championship on the line. UFC Fight Night 90 ta read news >>

TUF 23 Finale: Jedrzejczyk vs. Gadelha Full Live Results and Fight Stats

  • 18 days ago
  • 41 views

Follow along for TUF 23 Finale: Jedrzejczyk vs. Gadelha full live results and fight stats. First fight is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Friday, July 8. read news >>