The first season of The Ultimate Fighter: Live culminated on Friday, June 1 from the Pearl at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas.

Headlining the card was a crucial welterweight battle between Jake Ellenberger and Martin Kampmann. The affair is a deciding factor in who gets the next title shot in the 170-pound division.

Also on the card was the final of the reality show. Lightweights Al Iaqunita and Michael Chiesa faced off for a six-figure contract.

The main card aired live on FX, while the preliminary card was split between Fuel TV and Facebook.

Kampmann scores another comeback, finishes Ellenberger

Welterweight Martin Kampmann is quickly becoming an expert at comebacks. After a thrilling third-round win in his last outing, the Danish striker survived getting rocked and bloodied to knockout Jake Ellenberger in the second round.

Ellenberger connected early with a lead left hook that sent Kampmann crashing to the mat. Kampmann survived and prevented further damage in the round by attacking with choke attempts from his back.

In the second round, Ellenberger scored with multiple right hands and blood poured from Kampmann’s nose. A counter right hand from Kampmann wobbled Ellenberger and three straight knees from Kampmann sent Ellenberger crashing to the canvas.

“I need to get punched a little bit to wake up,” Kampmann said with a laugh. “I saw an opportunity to finish and I got him.”

Kampmann is now expected to face Johny Hendricks in a title-eliminator.

Chiesa becomes Ultimate Fighter by submitting Iaquinta

Lightweight Michael Chiesa capped off a fairy tale-like season of the UFC’s famed reality show by submitting Team Faber teammate Al Iaquinta in the first round.

Chiesa weathered an early barrage from Iaquinta before establishing his reach. Near the midpoint of the round Chiesa secured a body lock and took the fight to the ground. He quickly sunk in both hooks and worked for a rear-naked choke. Iaquinta fought hard to defend, but eventually went unconscious from the choke.

“There was no way I was going to lose this fight,” Chiesa declared in his post-fight speech.

Oliveira chokes Brookins

The featherweight division was put on notice by Brazilian Charles Oliveira as he dominated Ultimate Fighter winner Jonathan Brookins.

Oliveira used his standup to best Brookins in the opening frame, landing repeatedly with his right hand.

In the second round, the former lightweight scored with a takedown, but was forced to defend a guillotine attempt from Brookins. Oliveira escaped the submission and then applied one of his own, forcing Brookins to tap.

Holloway dominates Schilling

Featherweight Max Holloway picked up his first UFC win by battering Pat Schilling from bell to bell.

Holloway used a barrage of body shots to hurt Schilling in each round, but could not put him away. The reach advantage and standup prowess of Holloway, coupled with his takedown defense proved to be the difference. Schilling showed heart, looking for multiple submissions, but was clearly outmatched.

The 20-year-old Holloway received the decision nod on all scorecards.

Lawrence dispatches of Cofer with vicious KO

Team Cruz’s first pick Justin Lawrence failed to live up to the hype on the reality show and through two rounds against John Cofer, it appeared as if he may falter again.

Cofer managed to match the former kickboxer blow-for-blow through the opening ten minutes. However, Lawrence timed a head kick early in the first round and sent Cofer crashing to the mat unconscious.

With the victory, the 22-year-old Lawrence moved to 4-0 in his young MMA career.

Undercard Summary

Team Faber’s Daron Cruickshank used his superior wrestling to best Chris Tickle by unanimous decision. Tickle was deducted a point in the opening round for an illegal upkick, but it would not be a factor as Cruickshank took the first and third rounds on the judges’ scorecards.

Despite falling short during his time on the show, Team Cruz’s Myles Jury kept his undefeated professional record intact with another first-round finish. Jury was taken down by Chris Saunders after a flying knee attempt, but managed to sink in the fight-finishing guillotine choke.

In a classic striker vs. grappler match-up, Team Cruz’s Sam Sicilia kept Cristiano Marcello from getting the fight to the ground and finished off the Brazilian with an onslaught along the fence.

After falling short in the quarterfinals of the reality show, Team Faber’s Joe Proctor needed less than two minutes to get back on track. Proctor delivered a knee flush to the jaw of Jeremy Larsen and finished the fight with hammerfists.

Bantamweight Erik Perez had a successful UFC debut, handing John Albert his second straight defeat. Perez secured an armbar late in the opening frame and referee Kim Winslow stopped the fight after Albert verbally expressed pain.


Martin Kampmann def. Jake Ellenberger by KO (knee). Round 2, 1:40
Mike Chiesa def. Al Iaquinta by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:47
Charles Oliveira def. Jonathan Brookins by submission (guillotine choke). Round 2, 2:42
Max Holloway def. Pat Schilling by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Justin Lawrence def. John Cofer by KO (head kick). Round 3, 0:19
Daron Cruickshank def. Chris Tickle by unanimous decision (29-27 x3)
Myles Jury def. Chris Saunders by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 4:03
Sam Sicilia def. Cristiano Marcello by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 2:53
Joe Proctor def. Jeremy Larsen by TKO (knee and punches). Round 1, 1:59
Erik Perez def. John Albert by submission (armbar). Round 1, 4:18

Photo: Martin Kampmann (Sherdog)

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