The Ultimate Fighter Season 25 (TUF Redemption) Finale was held tonight from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The same venue plays host to tomorrow’s UFC 213 pay-per-view broadcast.
Fighting for the right to be called TUF champion, as well as the highest payout in Ultimate Fighter history, $250,000, Jesse Taylor and Dhiego Lima met in the finale. And how about that? If there ever was a true redemption story, Jesse Taylor is the guy it is about. Taylor who was kicked off the finale during his season, earned the title tonight by submitting Lima in the second round.
In the main event, former World Series of Fighting lightweight champion Justin Gaethje made his UFC debut as he headlined against former TUF winner, Michael Johnson. What an incredible fight. These two warrior stood toe-to-toe and threw bombs. Gaethje moved to a perfect 18-0 with a TKO win over Johnson in the second round.
Below are the official TUF 25 Finale LIVE Results:
MAIN CARD on FS1, 9 p.m. ET
Justin Gaethje def. Michael Johnson via TKO (Knees & Punches) at 4:46 of Round number 2. Phenomenal fight!
Dhiego Lima vs. Jesse Taylor – TUF 25 champion will be crowned! Jesse Taylor is the TUF champ def. Lima via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) :43 of Round 2!
Drakkar Klose def. Marc Diakiese via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
Jared Cannonier def. Nick Roehrick via TKO (Elbows) at 2:08 of Round number 3.
Brad Tavares def. Elias Theodorou via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Jordan Johnson def. Marcel Fortuna via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
PRELIMINARY CARD on FS1, 7 p.m. ET
Angela Hill def. Ashley Torres via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
James Krause def. Tom Gallicchio via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
CB Dollaway def. Ed Herman via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27).
Tecia Torres def. Juliana Lima via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at :53 of round number 2.
Jessica Eye vs. Aspen Ladd SCRATCHED due to Ladd falling ill earlier today.
PRELIMINARY CARD on UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET
Gray Maynard def. Teruto Ishihara via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26).
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