UPDATE: 

Joanna Jedrzejczyk successfully defends her strawweight title against Claudia Gadelha in a back and forth brawl of a fight that ended in a unanimous decision. Gadelha knocked down the champion in the first round with an elbow, and then took her down multiple times in the first two rounds. From the midpoint of the fight on, though Joanna took control of the fight, kept it in the feet. and severely outstruck the challenger to lock up the win.

Andrew Sanchez defeated Khalil Rountree via unanimous decision leaning on 6 successful takedowns (15 attempts) and controlling the fight from beginning to end. While the crowd was not enthused, it was a clear and dominant performance that earned him two 10-8 rounds on two different judge’s scorecards.

In the first TUF finale fight in the women’s strawweight division thyroid cancer survivor Tatiana Suarez dominated the entire first round en route to a  submission win at 3:43 of the first round. She is the female Ultimate Fighter for season 23.

In his UFC debut “Ill” Will Brooks, the former Bellator Lightweight Champion, with the unanimous decision 29-28 over Ross Pearson backed by his timely knees, striking, and takedowns. Brooks calls out Eddie Alvarez with hopes to get a title shot and finally meet Alvarez in the octagon.

Doo Ho Choi with the impressive knee-buckling first round TKO over Thiago Tavares. A straight right to the chin ends it early. “The Korean Superboy” proceeds to call out Cub Swanson during post fight interview.

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On Friday, July 8, the UFC touched down in Las Vegas to bring fight fans The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena

Jedrzejczyk (11-0) won their previous meeting with a close split decision at UFC on FOX 13 last December. In her most recent contest, Poland native was seen defeinding her belt with a unainmous decisoin win over Valeria Letourneau at UFC 193 in November.

Gadelha (13-1) has not kept it a secret she felt she did enough to win her initial meeting with Jedrzejczyk. In her most recent effort, the Nova Uniao earned her rematch with the champion with dominant decision win over former WSOF champion Jessica Aguilar at UFC 190 in August.

MAIN CARD SUMMARY

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha
Andrew Sanchez vs. Khalil Rountree
Amanda Cooper vs. Tatiana Suarez
Ross Pearson vs. Will Brooks
Doo Ho Choi vs. Thiago Tavares
Joaquim Silva vs. Andrew Holbrook

FULL RESULTS

Main Card

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha
Andrew Sanchez vs. Khalil Rountree
Amanda Cooper vs. Tatiana Suarez
Ross Pearson vs. Will Brooks
Doo Ho Choi vs. Thiago Tavares
Joaquim Silva vs. Andrew Holbrook

Preliminary Card

Gray Maynard vs. Fernando Bruno
John Moraga vs. Matheus Nicolau
Josh Stansbury vs. Cory Hendricks
Cezar Ferreira vs. Anthony Smith

Preliminary Card

Jake Matthews vs. Kevin Lee
Li Jingliang vs. Anton Zafir

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Mike is a long time MMA fan that is currently a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Judo. He has a degree in Sport and Exercise Science: Teaching emphasis, along with 8+ years of experience coaching and competing in folk-style and freestyle wrestling, as well as 23+ years competing in and teaching Olympic-style and traditional judo, and 5 years as a practitioner of boxing and kickboxing. This all gives him a unique perspective as a fan of the fight game.