‘The Ultimate Fighter’ (TUF) season 24 finale emanated from the Palms Resort Casino tonight (Saturday, December 3, 2016). The headliner saw Demetrious Johnson try for his ninth straight title defense against the winner of the TUF Tournament of Champions, UFC veteran Tim Elliott.

The fight was more difficult for the champion than expected.

Elliott took round one from the champion and threatened with power punches and submissions throughout. He refused to go away despite tight rear-naked choke and kimura attempts. But Johnson’s superior scrambling and volume carried him on the judges’ scorecards. It was his most competitive fight in years.

The co-main event featured another flyweight clash, this time between former title challengers and opposing TUF coaches. Two-time challenger Joseph Benavidez took on former Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo, fresh off his title loss to Johnson. Benavidez pulled out a controversial unanimous decision victory, aided by a point deduction against Cejudo for two groin strikes in round one. Cejudo had much more success on the feet than most expected and prevented the Team Elevation standout from implementing his patented scramble-heavy game. But Benavidez pulled it out with combinations down the stretch in a very close fight.

Check out Twitter’s reaction to these two action-packed bouts below:







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Josh found MMA in 2009 and has been an increasingly voracious consumer of the sport ever since. He started writing in January 2016, first as a blogger and then as a writer for LowKickMMA. He produces historical list pieces, occasional news coverage, opinions, and fight analysis for LK. He also co-hosts the Daily Fantasy Knockout podcast.