The first of two nights of UFC action for International Fight Week, at The T-Mobile Arena, gets going with the “TUF Redemption” TUF 25 Finale.
Along with the TUF Welterweight finals, the main event is a Lightweight between top ten ranked contender Michael “The Menace” Johnson & undefeated former WSOF Lightweight champion Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje.
Following a 4 fight win streak, Johnson has lost 3 of his last 4, but the win was a Knock out of fellow contender Dustin Poirier. The TUF 12 runner up is coming off a November, submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov. A Athlete turned technical striker, Johnson has 8 of 10 finishes by knock out. Gaethje will be making his octagon debut after signing with the UFC as a free agent. A perfect 10-0 run, with 9 knock outs, is what Gaethje did in his time isinde the decagon. What tou can expect from Gaethje is wild and aggressive striker, looking to end the fight with every strike thrown.
The TUF finals is really a redemption story, as Jesse Taylor, the only fighter to be kicked off the show after the show, looks to finish what he started in season 7, when he takes on TUF 19 runner-up Dhiego Lima. Taylor is a big Welterweight with high level wrestling and a underrated submission game. Lima is a versatile fighter that can do it all but has had troubles putting it altogether at times. Lima when on used his heavy hands, lands takedowns, and is a submission threat.
FS 1 Main Card
LW: Justin Gaethje def. Michael Johnson by TKO (strikes) 4:48 R2
TUF 25 Final WW: Jesse Taylor def. Dhiego Lima by submission (rear naked choke) 0:43 R2
LW: Drakkar Klose def. Marc Diakiese by (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) split decision
LHW: Jared Cannonier def. Nick Roehrick by TKO (strikes) 2:08 R3
MW: Brad Tavares def. Elias Theodorou by (29-28 x3) unanimous decision
LHW: Jordan Johnson def. Marcel Fortuna by (29-28 x3) unanimous decision
FS 1 Prelims
WSW: Angela Hill def. Ashley Yoder by (30-27 x3) unanimous decision
WW: James Krause def. Tom Gallicchio by (30-27 x3) unanimous decision
LHW: C.B. Dollaway def. Ed Herman by (29-28, 29-27 x2) unanimous decision
WSW: Tecia Torres def. Juliana Lima by submission (rear naked choke) 0:53 R2
Fight Pass Prelims
FW: Gray MAynard def. Teruto Ishihara by (30-26 x3) unanimous decision