On Sunday, July 6, the UFC hosted The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

In the night’s main event, a pair of former champions met for a third time as former lightweight kingpin Frankie Edgar locked horns with former lightweight and welterweight title holder B.J. Penn. The pair served as coaches on the 19th season of the UFC’s flagship reality series, The Ultimate Fighter.

Edgar and Penn had met twice before with the promotion’s lightweight title on the line. Edgar bested Penn via controversial decision in the pair’s first meeting at UFC 112 in 2010. Edgar then cruised to a lopsided decision win at UFC 118 later that year. Since then, both fighters found mixed results inside the Octagon.

At UFC 162 in July, Edgar got back in the win column with a “Fight of the Night” battle against Charles Oliveira. Penn, meanwhile, moved back to welterweight following his losses to Edgar. The Hawaiian fell short on the scorecards against Rory MacDonald. The former two-division title holder dropped to featherweight for the first time in his career for his trilogy with Edgar.

Also on the main card, the promotion crowned new TUF champions at middleweight and light heavyweight. In the 185-pound final, Eddie Gordon took on Dhiego Lima, while the 205-pound final featured Corey Anderson vs. Matt Van Buren.

The 11-fight event kicked off Sunday at 6 p.m. ET with two bouts streaming live on the promotion’s digital network, UFC Fight Pass. Four additional bouts followed on Fox Sports 1 at 7 p.m. ET, with the five-fight main card beginning at 9 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

Main Card Summary

Frankie Edgar finished the trilogy in a one-sided, dominating fashion over B.J. Penn. Penn decided to test a new, fully upright style of fighting for tonight’s fight with Edgar, but it proved to be the wrong decision as Penn was completely outgunned. Power, speed, grappling and just overall skill were on the side of Edgar who outdid Penn on the feet, utilizing quick combos to daze Penn. Penn couldn’t hit Edgar and eventually it led to a nice trip from Edgar. From there Edgar earned the TKO, bludgeoning the former welterweight and lightweight champion.Penn retired after the fight, simply agreeing with UFC President Dana White to hang up the gloves once and for all.

Corey Anderson joined Eddie Gordon as a winner from the 19th season of TUF. Much like Gordon, Anderson battered Matt van Buren against the cage early the fight, pushing him back. Van Buren was able to escape, but was still hurt as he wheeled away from Anderson. Anderson chased van Buren down and threw more power shots as van Buren absorbed them all until Anderson whipped van Buren to the mat. From there it was an easy ground-and-pound victory that made Anderson the light heavyweight champion of TUF 19.

Eddie Gordon came roaring into the fight to become the first winner of TUF 19 season. The newly crowned TUF 19 middleweight tournament winner blasted Dhiego Lima only a minute into the fight and applied a constant barrage of punches to weaken Lima. Gordon was relentless going for it all. He hurt Lima with left hands, forcing him to turtle. There was no way back for Lima who couldn’t find a reply to any of Gordon’s shots.

Derrick Lewis earned an impressive victory against Guto Inocente with a first-round knockout. Lewis knocked out Inocente after a scramble with a bomb right hand on the ground. Inocente made the mistake on the scramble and paid dearly for it. Lewis showed incredible power in the fight, landing a right hand earlier in the fight near the cage wall. The win pushed Lewis to 2-0 in the UFC.

After a first round that saw Dustin Ortiz locked in a deep armbar from Justin Scoggins, Ortiz overcame the attempt to take a split decision victory from Scoggins. The flyweights put on a show and battled back and forth through the three rounds. Ortiz kept the pressure on Scoggins and was able to push the pace to tilt the fight in his favor. Ortiz displayed some great takedowns and was able to turn the fight around despite the early lapse that very nearly cost him the fight. Scoggins now fell from the undefeated ranks to 9-1 while Ortiz improved to 14-3.

Preliminary Card Summary

One of the youngest fighters in the UFC, Kevin Lee, took home his first UFC victory defeating Jesse Ronson by split decision. Ronson is now 0-3 in the UFC with all of his losses coming by split decision. Ronson could not stop Lee’s takedowns as his takedown defense looked shaky throughout the fight.

Leandro Issa secured a great armbar victory over Jumabieke Tuerxun in the third round. Issa had to overcome being rocked late in the first round and then a point deduction in the second round for grabbing the fence to win the fight. Issa’s armbar was a necessity after a close first two rounds that could have easily decided the fight in Tuerxun’s favor.

Adriano Martins made it a very rough debut for Juan Manuel Puig as the first and only round went all in Martins’ favor. Martins utilized his striking and picked Puig apart on the feet before a shot to the groin stopped the fight momentarily. The Brazilian lightweight made sure Puig paid the price for staying in the pocket and landed a beautiful short right hook that made Puig take an early nap. Martins moved to 3-1 in the UFC.

Daniel Spohn had no answer for Patrick Walsh’s wrestling in the battle between the TUF 19 semifinalists. It would be Walsh who won his UFC debut as he employed takedown after takedown to secure the decision victory. Spohn sought a guillotine choke on most of Walsh’s takedowns, but that was a mistake that led to easier transitions for Walsh. Walsh utilized his 11 minutes of top control to improve to 5-1 while Spohn dropped to 8-4 and 1-4 in his five fights between the UFC and Bellator.

Sarah Moras took home a unanimous decision victory in her UFC debut against Alexis Dufresne despite spending a majority of the fight on her back. Dufresne spent more than nine minutes in top control, but Moras stayed active off her back attempting submissions, short elbows to the body and tried to reverse position. Dufresne looked gassed mid-way through the fight and it was her first fight to go past the first round.

It only took two minutes for Robert Drysdale to show just why his debut was anticipated for quite some time. Drysdale was able to secure a takedown early and eventually work to back mount on Keith Berish. From there it was textbook jiu-jitsu for Drysdale as he worked for a body lock and attempted to secure a neck crank. Berish stood up trying to work free of Drysdale’s choke, but Berish’s knee gave out and Drysdale finished the rear-naked choke in the first round to improve to 7-0 and earn his first UFC victory.

FULL RESULTS
Frankie Edgar def. B.J. Penn by TKO (strikes), Round 3, 4:16
Corey Anderson def. Matt Van Buren by TKO (strikes), Round 1, 1:01 – light heavyweight tournament final
Eddie Gordon def. Dhiego Lima by TKO (strikes), Round 1, 1:11 – middleweight tournament final
Derrick Lewis def. Guto Inocente by TKO (strikes), Round 1, 3:30
Dustin Ortiz def Justin Scoggins by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Kevin Lee def. Jesse Ronson by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Leandro Issa def. Jumabieke Tuerxun by submission (armbar), Round 3, 3:49
Adriano Martins def. Juan Manuel Puig by knockout (punch), Round 1, 2:21
Patrick Walsh def. Daniel Spohn by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Sarah Moras def. Alexis Dufresne by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Robert Drysdale def. Keith Berish by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1, 2:03

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Sal DeRose
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