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Before UFC 226 goes down; was the TUF 27 finale from the PEARL THEATER at THE PALMS. The kickboxing superstar; ISRAEL ADESANYA in just his 3rd UFC fight was making a huge jump up in talent. His middleweight opponent being the 8th ranked BRAD TAVARES; who was starting to make his own moves. Israel moved in, out, and side to side peppering Brad with precision strikes. Once he figured out Brad’s range the ending was all but written. He rocked him with knees which followed with an elbow attack; eventually slicing Tavares open above his right eye. It was bad enough that the cageside doctor needed to look at it, but the fight continued. Although it very easily could have been stopped right there. Brad being desperate tried takedowns; but all got stuffed. Knocking #8 off by unanimous decision puts Adesanya in a great spot and makes him 13-0. Now possibly being 2 or 3 wins away from title talk. Israel called out the winner of tomorrows COSTA-HALL fight. After that the two most likely next opponents are JACARE SOUZA, or CHRIS WEIDMAN; who just lost out to being the next challenger for ROBERT WHITTAKERtitle. As Kelvin Gastelum and “Bobby knuckles” were announced as TUF 28 coaches; which will be the final season of the show.

MIKE TRIZANO wound up winning THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER lightweight tourney over JOE GIANNETTI via split decision and got himself a UFC contract. The 1st round was very close but Joe was a tad better despite him being put into a triangle as the round finished. The submission attempts continued into the second. Mike wound up on top in an odd position; elbowing Joe’s buttocks. Joe; pulled his inner “Diaz brother” and flipped Mike the bird. However Trizano kept a high pace against Joe’s “prevent defense” style in the 3rd. For all intents and purposes the 3rd round gave him the edge.

BRAD KATONA took the featherweight tourney via unanimous decision over JAY CUCCINIELLO. Brad; a 26 year old teammate of CONOR MCGREGOR softened Jay up with kicks early and had a left hook that kept landing all night. It put Jay down in the 1st and 2nd. Katona was able to in the 3rd grind Jay on the mat with GNP cinching the win.

ALEX CACERES busted and beat MARTIN BRAVO by split decision. ROXANNE MODAFFERI  avenged a loss 7 years ago to BARB HONCHAK by 2nd round TKO at 3:32. JULIAN MARQUEZ  dropped a split decision to ALESSIO DI CHIRICO.

RACHEL OSTOVICH tapped out to a RNC from MONTANA DE LA ROSA 4:21 of round 3. LUIS PENA “VIOLENT BOB ROSS” beat RICHIE SMULLEN by guillotine submission 3:32 into their fight.  JOHN GUNTHER  took a majority decision over ALLAN ZUNIGABRYCE MITCHELL won the same way over TYLER DIAMONDMATT BESSETTE dropped a split decision to STEVEN PETERSONGERALD MEERSCHAERT was getting torn up; but pulled a RNC out of nowhere vs  OSKAR PIECHOTA. The tap coming with 5 seconds left in round 2.


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