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TUF 21 Finale: Ellenberger Vs. Thompson Results, Coverage

The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale.

We complete our weekend doubleheader from Las Vegas with welterweights Jake Ellenberger and Stephen Thompson squaring off in the main event.

Ellenberger (30-9) snapped a three-fight losing skid this past February when he submitted Josh Koscheck, while Thompson (10-1) has won each of his last four, including two via knockout.

Also, the finals of The Ultimate Fighter 21 will go down, as Hayder Hassan takes on Kamaru Usman. The two are representing American Top Team and the Blackzilians from the reality series.

Let’s get things started! Remember to keep clicking “refresh” for the latest results:

PRELIMINARY CARD

Darrell Montague vs. Willie Gates

We begin the night in the flyweight division, as Darrell Montague (13-4) battles Willie Gates (11-5). These two were once training partners and are both from California.

Round 1: Gates comes out strong, landing with a couple of powerful rights. He’s mixing his strikes, throwing kicks and punches aplenty. Gates has him hurt, connecting with a flurry that forces Montague to the ground. Gates with knees to the body and he has Montague curled up. He lands on top and Gates puts an end to this one quickly.

Willie Gates def. Darrell Montague via TKO (strikes) at 1:36 of Round 1

George Sullivan vs. Dominic Waters

We’ll move up to the welterweight ranks for our next contest, as George Sullivan (16-4) takes on Dominic Waters (9-2).

Round 1: Waters with a five-plus inch reach advantage as he takes the center of the Octagon. Nice kick to the body from Sullivan, but it allows Waters to pepper him with a flurry of strikes. Waters has him hurt against the fence, landing a stiff right. He scores with a takedown as Sullivan tries for a guillotine to no avail. Sullivan with a takedown and he finishes the round pounding away on Waters.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Sullivan

Round 2: Waters looked broke after the first round, but he comes out and scores with a takedown in the early stages of this round. Sullivan works to his feet and lands a series of knees to the body, winding up on top after Waters pull guard. He has him pinned against the fence and has three minutes to work for the finish. Not much offense for Sullivan outside of a few elbows and a kimura attempt. He’s trying to advance his position, but Waters is defending and eventually works his way to his feet. Another takedown and a kimura attempts by Sullivan, but he’s unable to get it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Sullivan

Round 3: Waters with a quick takedown and immediately takes the back, working for a rear-naked choke. He has a hook in and is cranking again. He drops down and gets both hooks in and we have hand fighting between the two. Sullivan remaining very calm, working to free himself from Waters. Sullivan survives the choke attempt and reverses the action, putting strikes together from the top position.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Waters

George Sullivan def. Dominic Waters via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-25, 29-28)

Dan Miller vs. Trevor Smith

To middleweight we go with Dan Miller (14-7) fighting for the first time since early in 2013 against veteran Trevor Smith (12-6).

Round 1: Nice dirty boxing from both fighters, as they clinch and grind against the fence. An interesting pairing here, as both like to do much of the same. Smith with a takedown, as the former Iowa State University wrestler is imposing his will. Some good ground-and-pound to end the round for Smith.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Smith

Round 2: Another takedown for Smith, as this round seems just like a continuation of the first. Miller, who hasn’t fought in months, appears to be a bit rusty and a little slow compared to Smith. He tried to work to his feet, but was denied by Smith. Just an incredible amount of grinding and complete control by Smith.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Smith

Round 3: Jim Miller, the brother of Dan and working his corner, told him he’d carry him out of the Octagon if he’s too fatigued. However, it’s Smith who scores with a quick takedown and is back on top. More of the same from Smith, as he’s staying active enough to remain on top and in this position. He finally unloads with several elbows.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Smith

Trevor Smith def. Dan Miller via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)

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