Kamaru Usman Chokes Hayder Hassan To Become TUF 21 Winner

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At The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 21 Finale, two men walked inside the Octagon, but only one would walk out as the TUF 21 champion. Those two competitors were Kamaru Usman (6-1) and Hayder Hassan (6-2).

Going into the fight, Usman represented the Blackzilians, while Hassan represented American Top Team (ATT). The winner of the bout would not only win a TUF trophy, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), but he would also win $300,000 for his team.

Usman attempted a single leg takedown, but Hassan avoided it. The Blackzilians finalist forced Hassan’s back against the fence. He tripped Hassan, but the ATT finalist was able to roll out and escape the position. Usman went for a lunging punch that missed. They tied up and Usman pelted Hassan with a knee to the body. Usman dragged his opponent to the canvas. The Blackzilians standout gained control of Hassan’s back and hammered away.

They stood back up briefly as Usman quickly sent the ATT member back down. Usman secured both hooks and went for a choke, but Hassan was persistent in his attempt to escape. The round ended with the Blackzilian in a dominant position.

Round two began and Hassan swung wild hooks and uppercuts. The ATT member paid for being too aggressive as Usman ducked under and completed a takedown. He moved towards an arm-triangle choke and Hassan tapped.

Final Result: Kamaru Usman def. Hayder Hassan via submission (Arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 1:19