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TUF 22 Finale Recap: Edgar KOs Mendes in Round 1

Frankie Edgar
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We’ve reached the second act of this three-night affair for the UFC. This time, we focus our attention on The Ultimate Fighter, as several TUF 22 contestants make their way into the Octagon.

The main event features a featherweight clash between former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and three-time featherweight title contender Chad Mendes. Though it hasn’t been set in stone, the man victorious in this fight will more than likely find himself in a title fight against Saturday night’s champion.

Co-headlining the card are two men looking to become the latest fighters to win The Ultimate Fighter. Heavy-handed Artem Lobov faces off against slick-submission savant Ryan Hall to secure a contract with the UFC.

Results for the card will be updated routinely, with live round-by-round recaps available once the main card begins at 10 p.m. ET.

Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET)

  • Chris Gruetzmacher def. Abner Lloveras via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
  • Geane Herrera def. Joby Sanchez via TKO (Round 2, 4:28)
  • Ryan LaFlare def. Mike Pierce via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x 2)
  • Gabriel Gonzaga def. Konstantin Erokhin via (30-27 x 2, 29-28)

Main Card (FOX Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET)

Julian Erosa vs. Marcin Wrzosek

Round 1: Wrzosek lands a few punches that seemed to hurt Erosa. Erosa begins using his size to begin dominating the grappling exchanges, eventually dragging Wrzosek to the canvas. Erosa nearly sinks in a d’arce choke, but Erosa managed to slip out. The Team Faber fighter dominates most of the round, likely taking it on the scorecards.

Round 2: Wrzosek tags Erosa with a right hand, forcing the American fighter to make a complete 360 while on his feet. Seemed to be stunned for a moment, but he managed to stay upright. Wrzosek gets a takedown, Erosa tries to scramble but ends up on bottom. A solid round from Wrzosek as they enter the final frame.

Round 3: Both fighters open up with several combinations just as Wrzosek gets caught with a low blow. Less than 15 seconds later and they’re back in action. Erosa manages to land a double-leg takedown; Wrzosek counters with a half-hearted guillotine attempt. They spend a good portion of the round going back and forth with clinch grappling, with both fighter transitioning from one dominant position to the next. Erosa lands a few knees to Wrzosek’s face, but doesn’t seem to stagger his opponent. Erosa lands a takedown with a minute left.

Result: Erosa def. Wrzosek via split decision (29-28 x 2, 28-29)

Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Jason Knight

Round 1: Knight opens the bout by pulling guard, looking to secure a triangle choke from the bottom. He begins landing elbows while having Kawajiri tied up from the bottom. Kawajiri eventually gets loose and starts landing strikes from full guard. Knight begins using the cage to create some sort of transition from the bottom, but Kawajiri maintains his dominant position.

Round 2: Kawajiri shoots for a single leg from a distance, Knight pulls guard but fails to keep his opponent in a dangerous position. Kawajiri continues to land damaging elbows from closed guard, while Knight maintains his attempts of tying things up. Referee “Big” John McCarthy stands the fighters up, but Kawajiri simply secures another takedown right after. Knight seemed content with battling off his back, possibly overconfident in his abilities here.

Round 3: Kawajiri lands his fourth takedown of the fight. McCarthy stands them up a minute later for inactivity, but Kawajiri just goes right back to the canvas. Knight could do nothing to get back to his feet, likely losing his third round.

Result: Kawajiri def. Knight via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)

Joe Lauzon vs. Evan Dunham

Round 1: Dunham surprisingly begins the bout by leading the action, landing several shots in the opening two minutes. The two trade inside the pocket, with both throwing heavy combinations. Lauzon begins finding his range, but continues to get caught by too many combinations for his own good. A solid round for Dunham ends with a quick takedown.

Round 2: Dunham opens up with a left high kick before landing a slick 1-2 combination. Dunham begins controlling the fight by dominating in the clinch battle, pressing Lauzon up against the cage and preventing him from landing. After two rounds, it was clear Dunham was outworking his opponent.

Round 3: As expected, the activity slowed quite a bit entering Round 3. Dunham maintained most of his dominance, though, still using his hand-speed to score points here. Dunham continues to put it all together, throwing body kicks followed up by combinations to Lauzon’s head.

Result: Dunham def. Lauzon via unanimous decision (30-26 x 2, 30-27)

Edson Barboza vs. Tony Ferguson

Round 1: Ferguson looked to close the distance but started to get tagged. Ferguson rolls into a kneebar attempt and ties the Brazilian up. He lands several damaging elbows and punches from the bottom before they scramble out. Ferguson kicks Barboza while he was on the canvas, prompting McCarthy to pause the fight. Barboza looks hurt but is allowed to continue, but not before Ferguson is docked a point. They stand up and begin trading heavy leather, with both fighters eating some big, big punches. One hell of a round.

Round 2: Barboza starts letting some body kicks, but is caught by a nasty elbow from Ferguson that opened up a big cut on the right side of Barboza’s face. Ferguson has a cut over his left eye. Both men are bleeding quite a bit here. Barboza shoots for a takedown but doesn’t get it. Ferguson follows up with a takedown of his own, only to sink in a D’arce choke and force the tap.

Result: Ferguson def. Barboza via submission (Round 2, 2:54)

Artem Lobov vs. Ryan Hall

Round 1: Hall intelligently shot rolled for a leg lock seconds into the fight. He failed to secure it, but managed to roll onto Lobov’s back where he came close to forcing a tapout from a rear-naked choke. Lobov defended well in the meantime, likely waiting for referee to stand them up rather than scramble out of anything and leave an opening. He softens Lobov up with punches but cannot secure any submission to finish the fight.

Round 2: Lobov continues to load up on his right hand. Hall attempts to roll into a leg submission but Lobov avoids it. Hall grabs hold of Lobov and pulls guard, landing some soft blows from his back. Lobov gets back to his feet, but not before a brief kneebar scare. Artem seemed to have no concern over Hall’s striking, keeping his hands at his waist. Hall pulls guard again, controlling Lobov from his back. Lobov attempts to get up, but Hall shoots for a heel hook. Artem defends well again.

Round 3: Lobov likely knew he was down on the scorecards, but did not come out with the right gameplan to contest it. He stood in front of Hall, keeping his hands low without throwing any punches. Hall pulls guard once more, looking for several submissions along the way. Artem defends well, but he’s only defending now. Lobov gets back to his feet but Hall manages to grab hold of his back while on the feet. He hangs onto Lobov like a backpack while referee Herb Dean warns them of picking up the action. Lobov attempts to slam Hall from his back, but not much damage occurs.

Result: Hall def. Lobov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26 x 2)

Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes

Round 1: Edgar begins the fight by moving in his patented unorthodox ways — not giving Mendes more than a brief moment to connect. Mendes lands three leg kicks early, all of which force Edgar to stumble a bit in his movement. Leg kicks were an obvious part of Mendes’ gameplan, used to cut off some of Edgar’s movement. The two meet in the pocket, throwing punches when Edgar connects with a hook that puts Mendes down to the canvas. A follow-up punch to his downed opponent and it’s all over.

Result: Edgar def. Mendes via KO (Round 1, 2:28)

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