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The Ultimate Fighter: Nations Finale Preliminary Card Results

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Tonight, the first Canadian Ultimate Fighter will be crowned. Four Canadians have made it to the finals of the TUF: Nations Finale card and all four men are from Team Canada.

Elias Theodorou will battle Sheldon Westcott while Chad Laprise fights Olivier Aubin-Mercier.

The co-main event is a battle of the coaches as Team Canada coach Patrick Cote will welcome Kyle Noke back from a near two-year absence.

The main event is a grudge match as Michael Bisping and Tim Kennedy finally meet in the Octagon.

Before the main card kicks off, get full preliminary results right here.

This is a live post and will update as results become available.

Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1) 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT

*Welterweight: K.J. Noons vs. Sam Stout

Round 1: K.J. Noons landed a devastating right hand on Stout and knocked him unconscious in the opening minute of the bout.

Official Decision: K.J. Noons def. Sam Stout via Knockout at of Round 1. 

 

Women’s Bantamweight: Sarah Kaufman vs. Leslie Smith

Round 1: From the opening bell, this rematch tried to live up to the hype. Both women began to land anything they threw and carried the momentum from the Jimmo fight (the card’s first finish). Kaufman found her shots and pumped her jab, always using it as a weapon and a tool to set up combinations. Kaufman landed frequently and pushed Smith back.

SciFighting Score: Kaufman, 10-9

Round 2: It was another good round for Kaufman who was able to land more and use her superior striking to out-box Smith, who stuck to big power shots over calculated combinations.

SciFighting Score: Kaufman, 20-18

Round 3: Kaufman controlled round therewith her pinpoint striking and indomitable pace. Smith was game to strike back but Kaufman’s punches had taken a heavy toll her stamina. Kaufman controlled the fight and avoided serious damage on her way to a decision.

Official Decision: Sarah Kaufman def. Leslie Smith via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

 

Light Heavyweight: Ryan Jimmo vs. Sean O’Connell

Round 1: O’Connell got a clinch and worked his dirty boxing on Jimmo. they split and O’Connell landed on Jimmo before engaging in another clinch. Jimmo was put in another clinch that was broken up by Dan Miragliotta. Right after they were broken up, Jimmo landed a huge straight on O’Connell who was coming forward with no regard for Jimmo. O’Connell was out on the mat but Miragliotta felt he needed another few punches (which he didn’t) and Jimmo sealed the deal with two big shots.

Official Decision: Ryan Jimmo def. Sean O’Connell via Knockout at 4:27 of Round 1. 

 

Bantamweight: Dustin Kimura vs. George Roop

 

Round 1: Roop used his distinct height advantage to keep distance and land kicks on Kimura, who eventually caught one and fired back. Roop was unscathed by these punches and got on top, where he rode out the rest of the round.

SciFighting Score: Roop, 10-9

Round 2: Kimura got a dominant position from a transition. He got in to back control on Roop and worked for a choke. Roop was able to escape and took the fight to Kimura late in the round. Roop finished the round leaning on Kimura in the clinch.

SciFighting Score: Roop, 19-19

Round 3: After an unfavorable second round, Roop regained control on round 2 and dropped big, thudding elbows on Kimura. Roop shift his hips to counteract Kimura’s attempts to escape. Roop controlled Kimura throughout en route to what should be a unanimous decision.

SciFighting Score: Roop, 29-28

Official Decision: George Roop def. Dustin Kimura via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-26)

 

Online Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass) 3:15 p.m. ET/12:15 p.m. PT

 

Lightweight: Mark Bocek (156) vs. Mike De La Torre

Round 1: Bocek came out swinging and landed a huge punch on De La Torre that wobbled him. He then shifted to Bocek-mode and went for the takedown, which De La Torre defended against nicely. De La Torre actually got the first takedown of the fight, throwing Bocek over his hip. Bocek got up quickly, though. They split and Bocek used an overhand right over and over while De La Torre landed a few nice counters. Bocek shot in and De La Torre showed his strength and was able to separate instead of being taken down. It was a close round and both men landed in the closing seconds.

SciFighting Score: Bocek 10-9

Round 2: De La Torre’s takedown defense was on display in the second round. Bocek leaned in to I’m in the clinch and worked hard for one. De La Torre landed more when striking and was keen on defending the takedowns of Bocek. De La Torre took some shots to give some but seemed to land the harder punches and even shot in for a takedown of his own to end the round.

SciFighting Score: Draw 19-19

Round 3: Bocek finally got another takedown on De La Torre but it didn’t last long. Bocek was emptying his gas tank in an attempt to smother De La Torre in the final round. Bocek attacked De La Torre late in the round and got in standing back control to finish the fight strong.

SciFighting Score: Bocek, 29-28

Official Decision: Mark Bocek def. Mike De La Torre via Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)

 

Middleweight: Vik Grujic vs. Nordine Taleb

Round 1: A jittery Taleb was the aggressor at first while keeping some nice distance between himself and Grujic. Taleb stuck to the inside and avoided big punches from Grujic to take him down. Taleb beat Grujic up from the top with big punches and a nice, flush elbow. Grujic walked the cage back to his feet and caught some knees to the body for his efforts.

SciFighting Score: Taleb, 10-9

Round 2: Taleb dodged a spinning kick from Grujic and grabbed his back. Taleb then picked him up and slammed him, getting in to the full guard of Grujic on the mat. Taleb suffocated Grujic from the top, as Walsh did in the previous fight. Taleb was able to hold on until the conclusion of a round that was his to lose from the beginning.

SciFighting Score: Taleb, 20-18

Round 3: Taleb circled away from Grujic while countering him with every exchange. Grujic looked frustrated from this and shot for a takedown, that Taleb countered in to a takedown of his own. Taleb dominated from the top as Grujic heaved with each breath. Taleb landed a huge elbow at the end of the round, opening a huge gash on Grujic.

Official Decision: Nordine Taleb def. Vik Grujic via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

 

Welterweight: Chris Indich vs. Rich Walsh

Round 1: Heavy pressure came from Walsh. He worked his way in tight and worked knees in the clinch. Once separated, Walsh didn’t let up and got the fight’s first takedown. Walsh never let up, shook his way out of a few submission attempts and ground Indich down. Walsh was now telegraphing his punches to set up the takedowns, finding them with ease.

SciFighting Score: Walsh, 10-9

Round 2: Walsh opened up round 2 by catching him clean with a punch. A flurry followed and brought us to a clinch. Walsh controlled the fight’s pace and position throughout while never letting Indich breathe. Every exchange was a rinse-and-repeat for Walsh. Strikes led to the clinch, the clinch led to striking and further control for Walsh over Indich. At the end of the round, Indich looked like he may not answer the bell for the final round.

SciFighting Score: Walsh, 20-18

Round 3: A path had been dictated for this bout. Indich had nothing to offer while whatever Walsh served up, paid off immediately. Walsh never looked to be at a disadvantage throughout the fight and was a clear choice for the decision.

SciFighting Score: Walsh 30-27

Official Decision: Richard Walsh def. Chris Indich via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

 

Bantamweight: Mitch Gagnon vs. Tim Gorman

Round 1: Gagnon showed some nice defense in the first round. His hands were high and his discipline was in check. Gorman took some hits to the body and was threatened with a guillotine, but to no avail. Gorman’s wrestling kept him calm and helped him maneuver through the hold with patience until he was able to stand up. Multiple kicks from Gagnon landed until Gorman shot for a takedown.

SciFighting Score: Gagnon, 10-9

Round 2: An aggressive submission attack put a debuting Gorman through his paces but he was able to survive, though he mounted little in the way of retaliation.

SciFighting Score: Gagnon, 20-18

Round 3: Again, Gagnon’s striking shined in comparison to the output that Gorman was offering. Gorman stuck to his wrestling and showed some heart but the technicality of Gagnon proved too much for Gorman.

SciFighting Score: Gagnon, 30-27

Official Decision: Mitch Gagnon def. Tim Gorman via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)