The first of two UFC International Fight Week events kicks of tonight, July 6 from the Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas. The TUF 27 Finale will award UFC contracts to winners of the featherweight and lightweight finalists.
Brad Katona and Jay Cucciniello advanced to the finals in the 145-pound division, while Mike Trizano and Joe Giannetti did battle at 155-pounds.
There wasn’t much that Cucciniello could do against the dominant top position of Katona who won a unanimous decision on all scorecards and the title of Ultimate Fighter. Trizano would also get the win and contract but not quite as easy as he fought a hard fought split decision victory
The main event featured a welterweight scrap between Brad Tavares and Israel Adesanya. In just his third UFC fight Adesanya defeats the very tough Tavares to remain undefeated.
The 12-fight event kicks off Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET with two bouts streaming live on UFC Fight Pass. Four additional preliminary-card bouts follow on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, with the six-fight main card airing live at 10 p.m. ET, also on Fox Sports 1.
TUF 27 Finale results below:
Israel Adesanya defeated Brad Tavarez via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)
Joe Giannetti vs. Mike Trizano defeated Joe Giannetti via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) – TUF 27 lightweight final
Brad Katona defeated Jay Cucciniello via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26) – TUF 27 featherweight final
Alex Caceres defeated Martin Bravo via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28
Roxanne Modafferi defeated Barb Honchak via TKO – Round 2, 3:32
Alessio di Chirico defeated Julian Marquez via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Montana de la Rosa defeated Rachael Ostovich via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:21
Luis Pena defeated Richie Smullen via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 3:32
John Gunther defeated Allan Zuniga via majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
Bryce Mitchell defeated Tyler Diamond via majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
Gerald Meerschaert defeated Oskar Piechota via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:55
Steven Peterson defeated Matt Bessette via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)