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The Ultimate Fighter 26 finale was held on December 1st from Las Vegas. The culmination of a tournament to crown the first ever Flyweight Champion featured Nico Montano winning a decision that was closer than the judges scores showed over Roxanne Modafferi, who took the fight on one days notice when original contestant Sijara Eubanks was hospitalized. Modafferi and Montano exchanged strikes standing to a fairly even result, each throwing in some takedowns to boot. In the end, the judges felt Montano had done enough. In the Co-Main Event, Sean O’Malley remained unbeaten, taking over a close fight in round three. Here are all your results and our Of The Night Awards.
1. Flyweight: Gillian Robertson (4-2) defeated Emily Whitmire (2-2) via Tapout (Armbar) at 2:12 of Round 1.
2. Flyweight: Shana Dobson (3-1) defeated Ariel Beck (4-5) via TKO at 2:53 of Round 2.
3. Flyweight: Rachael Ostovich (4-3) defeated Karine Gevorgyan (3-3) via Tapout (Armbar) at 1:40 of Round 1.
4. Middleweight: Ryan Janes (10-3) defeated Andrew Sanchez (10-4) via TKO at :58 of Round 3.
5. Flyweight: Montana De La Rosa (8-4) defeated Christina Marks (8-9) via Tapout (Armbar) at 2:00 of Round 1.
6. Bantamweight: Brett Johns (15-0) defeated Joe Soto (18-6) via Tapout (Calf Slicer) at :30 of Round 1.
7. Flyweight: Deanna Bennett (8-3-1) vs Melinda Fabian (4-3-2) was ruled a Majority Draw (29-27 Bennett/28-28/28-28). We scored it 28-27 Fabian.
8. Middleweight: Gerald Meerschaert (27-9) defeated Eric Spicely (10-4) via TKO at 2:18 of Round 2.
9. Flyweight: Lauren Murphy (10-3) defeated Barb Honchak (10-4) via Split Decision (29-28/28-29/29-28). We scored it 29-28 Murphy.
10. Bantamweight: Sean O’Malley (9-0) defeated Terrian Ware (17-6) via Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-28/29-28). We scored it 29-28 O’Malley.
11. Flyweight Title: Nico Montano (5-2) defeated Roxanne Modafferi (21-15) via Unanimous Decision (50-45/49-46/49-46). We scored it 48-47 Montano.
Submission of the Night: Brett Johns
Knockout of the Night: Shana Dobson
Fight of the Night: Lauren Murphy vs Barb Honchak