Last night’s (Sat., December 3, 2016) The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 24 Finale is in the record books from the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson secured his ninth straight title defense over show finalist Tim Elliott in the main event.
It wasn’t without its moments of adversity, however, as Elliott almost shocked the world with quite possibly the biggest upset in Octagon history when he had “Mighty Mouse” in a tight choke in the opening frame. Johnson showed why he is quite possibly the best mixed martial artist in the UFC when he brought out the heart of a champion to relentlessy ground Elliott and pass his guard with masterful ground work in rounds two through four.
TUF coaches and Nos. 1 and 2 flyweights Joseph Benavidez and Henry Cejudo met in a bad blood-motivated match-up that ended with controversy. The Olympic gold medalist wrestler Cejudo was able to nail the perennial title contender in the opening frame, but a low blow earned a point deduction from Yves Lavigne. That proved to be the difference in at least some way, with Benavidez taking home a thin split decision.
Not much hype surrounded it, but the TUF 24 Finale quietly delivered one of the most action-packed cards in some time, delivering several potential ‘Fight of the Night’ contenders. Watch the event’s post-fight press conference beginning shortly after the main card right here: