On Sunday, July 13, the UFC will once again touch down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to bring fight fans The Ultimate Fighter 21: Finale.

In the headlining act, welterweights Jake Ellenberger and Stephen Thompson both looked to extend their own respective winning streaks.

In the co-main event fans witnessed a matchup that looked to determine which of their camps received the $300,000 grand prize and the “TUF” trophy as American Top Team’s Hayder Hassan took on on Kamaru Usman of the Blackzilians in a welterweight contest.

During the season of ‘TUF 21′, Hassan found the most success as he entered the Octagon three times during the tournament and came out on the winning end in each appearance. Usman would go on to pick up win in both of his fights as well.


Jake Ellenberger vs. Stephen Thompson

Round 1: After a quick feeling out process, Thompson drew first blood with a stright right to the nose of Ellenberger. After following up with another straight right, Ellenberger recovers and drops his opponents with a missile of a haymaker. Though visibly dazed, Thompson recovered and pushed the action into the fence before clapping Ellenbergers head with a high kick. Looking to take Thompson out of his element, Ellenberger shot in for the takedown. Thompson, not known for his wrestling, stuffed the takedown and landed thunderous with a headkick, sending his opponent stumbling into the fence. A wobbly Ellenberger would make his way back to his feet and right into the waiting onslaught of spinning hook kick from Thompson, sending him crashing to the canvas. Thompson swarmed and unloaded a barrage of strikes to his downed opponent, forcing the ref to stop the fight. Stephen Thompson def. Jake Ellenberger by KO (spinning hook kick). Round 1, 4:29

Hayder Hassan vs. Kamaru Usman – TUF 21 welterweight tournament finale

Round 1: After a quick touch of the gloves, Usman immediately looked to secure the takedown against the cage. Usman would go on to escape with beautiful rolling summersault. The two would eventually lock up against the fence where Usman would gain the advantage by tossing his opponent to the canvas. While Hassan would eventually make his way back to his feet, Usman simply dragged him right back down, landing short punches in the process. With his teammates shouting instructions cageside, Usman closed out the round with a barrage of strikes from top position.

Round 2: Down one round, Hassan looked to land the haymaker early, even tagging his opponent a few times, but Usman withstood the initial rush and secured a takedown. With his opponent struggling to escape from the bottom, Usman would take advantage and secure a tight arm triangle, forcing his opponent to tap, sending his cageside teammates into a frenzy. Kamaru Usman def. Hayder Hassan by submission (arm triangle). Round 2, 1:19

Michael Graves vs. Vicente Luque

Round 1: As the two men met in the center of the Octagon, Graves immediately tossed his opponent to the canvas. Luque would eventually escaped but Graves continued to pour on the pressure with strikes before pressing the action into the fence. Luque would once again work free but Graves immediately dragged him back down to the canvas. Both men would eventually work their way back to the their feet but once again Graves dumped Luque to the canvas and remained their for the rest of the round.

Round 2: With crowing chanting his name, Graves stormed out of the gate in the second frame. With his opponent back-peddling, Graves scooped Luque up and slammed him to the canvas. Luque attempted to work his way back up against the fence until Graves landed an illegal knee to his opponents face, forcing the ref to pause the action and issue a warning. Graves would finish the round with a thunderous elbow to his opponent’s skull.

Round 3: With two rounds secured, Graves continued to push the pace before shooting for an ill timed takedown in the center of the cage. Sprawling, Luque looked to lock on the guillotine choke before transiting to the d’arce choke. With both men battling for position, Graves would hit a picture perfect reversal and drive Luque into the fence, escaping what the choke in the process. The two would remain here until the end of the bout. Michael Graves def. Vicente Luque by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Cezar Ferreira vs. Jorge Masvidal

Round 1: After quick feeling out process, Ferreira started uncorked a series of kicks to his opponents mid section before securing the takedown in the center of the Octagon. Masvial would eventually make his way back to his feet but Ferreira almost immediately pushes him back into the fence. Masvidal would once again escape and land a series of short elbows to his opponents unprotected skull, dropping him to the canvas. With his opponent reeling, Masvidal swarmed with a barrage of punches, forcing the referee to stop the action. Jorge Masvidal def. Cezar Ferriera by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 4:22 

Angela Magana vs. Michelle Waterson

Round 1: Magana immediately pushed the action to fence, looking for the takedown. With little action taking place, Waterson looked to land a few short knees to the thigh of her opponent before tossing Magana to the canvas, landing in top position. Magana quickly transitioned to the armbar and even looked to have locked in on straight before Waterson squirmed free, securing full mount in the process. After a quick roll, the former Invicta FC champion finished the round in full mount as the crowd erupted around them.

Round 2: With the crowd behind her, Waterson tead off with a barrage of strikes before pushing her opponent to the canvas. Motioning for her opponent to stand up. With the crowd on her side, Waterson looked to continue her striking clinic from the outside. However Magana had other ideas as she caught a body kick and dragged them both to the canvas. Working off her back, Waterson almost immediately revered into an armbar before transition into full mount. Magana would eventually threaten with a leg lock but Waterson simply stood up and leapt right back onto her downed opponent and into yet another armbar attempt to close out the round.

Round 3:  A visibly tired Magana continued to look for the takedown but Waterson stuffed everyone, landing brutal leg kicks followed by a front kick to the face and culminating in a thunderous suplex in the center of the cage.  With her opponent face down, Waterson locked on the rear naked choke, forcing her opponent to tap, much to the delight of the crowd. In a classy moment, both women, who had shared a tense moment at the weigh-ins the day before, embraced at the conclusion of their battle. Michelle Waterson def. Angela Mangana by submission (rear nake choke). Round 3, 2:38

Maximo Blanco vs. Mike De La Torre

Round 1: A quick touch of the glove and both immediately opened up with a flurry of strikes. After a wild exchange Blanco staggered De La Torre and immediately jumped in for the kill but the referee was already pulling him off, much to the dismay of the crowd. Not knowing the referee had ended the fight, De La Torre looked to secure a takedown before looking at the ref in bewilderment as the crowd erupted in a chorus of boos. Maximo Blanco def. Mike De La Torre by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 0:16 



  • Stephen Thompson def. Jake Ellenberger by KO (spinning hook kick). Round 1, 4:29
  • Kamaru Usman def. Hayder Hassan by submission (arm triangle). Round 2, 1:19  – TUF 21 welterweight tournament finale
  • Michael Graves def. Vicente Luque by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Jorge Masvidal def. Cezar Ferriera by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 4:22
  • Michelle Waterson def. Angela Mangana by submission (rear nake choke). Round 3, 2:38
  • Maximo Blanco def. Mike De La Torre by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 0:16


  • Josh Samman def. Caio Magalhaes by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:52
  • Jerrod Sanders def. Russell Doane by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Trevor Smith def. Dan Miller by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)
  • George Sullivan def. Dom Waters by unanimous decision (29-27, 30-25, 29-28)


  • Willie Gates def. Darrell Montague by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 1:36