Twitter Reacts To Wild TUF 24 Finale Main Event

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‘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:

https://twitter.com/ZPGIFs/status/805291633591877632

https://twitter.com/JESnowden/status/805293606328209408

https://twitter.com/Patrick_Wyman/status/805278889974996992

https://twitter.com/iainkidd/status/805281111446319104

https://twitter.com/SecretMovesMMA/status/805283774040854528

https://twitter.com/Cody_Nolove/status/805285612185976832

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