Ultimate Fighter 7 Recap: Grove beats Tanner in main event
Main Card Bouts:
R2- Grove keeps Tanner away early with his jab and kicks. Back in the clinch, Grove lands another nice jumping knee, but Tanner again gets the fight the ground. Grove uses a kimura to force the fight back to the feet where he unloads a nice elbow that rocks Tanner and Evan stumbles and starts to falter. Grove follows up with big strikes trying to finish, but Tanner is able to survive and get back to the clinch. As the round closes, Grove again attacks with another barrage of strikes. MMAWeekly scores R2 10-8 for Kendall Grove
R3- Tanner works for the clinch again early on, but he cannot get Grove to the ground. Grove lands nice inside elbows from the clinch. The fighters separate and Tanner lands a couple of good leg kicks and a few solid punches, but soon enough the fight is back in the clinch. Tanner realizes the urgency in the round and starts to separate to throw punches, but he cannot connect with anything powerful. Grove counters with some nice jabs and knees. MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 for Evan Tanner
Kendall Grove def. Evan Tanner by split decision (30-26, 30-26, 28-29)
Amir Sadollah def. C.B. Dollaway by submission (armbar) at 3:02, R1
R2- Sanchez lands a big right hand early on in the round that puts Fioravanti down. Diego tries to capitalize on the ground with strikes, working for a kimura but Luigi escapes. Back on the feet, Sanchez again continues to pursue Fioravanti as he tries to take his back while standing up, but Luigi tries to go for a kimura of his own and Sanchez has to let go of the position. Late in the round, the fighters continue to trade with both landing shots at different points. MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 for Diego Sanchez
R3 - The fighters stay standing to start the third round with Sanchez looking fresher than his opponent, but he soons starts to shoot in on Fioravanti, but Luigi is able to shrug off every attempt. Again the fighters trade back and forth with combinations with Sanchez looking the stronger of the two fighters on the feet. For the third round in a row, Sanchez lands a high kick on Fioravanti, but this time he rocks him hard. Diego follows up with a big knee before unloading punches on the ground forcing a stop to the fight.
Diego Sanchez def. Luigi Fioravanti by TKO (strikes on the ground) at 4:07, R3
R2- Stephens comes out much more aggressive in this round throwing shots, but Fisher doesn't take much damage and lands a few good combinations of his own. Stephens goes for a takedown about halfway through the round, but Fisher reverses and gets side control on his opponent instead. Fisher starts to unload on Stephens with a strong ground attack. Stephens does manage to get up as the round comes to a close and get a takedown on Fisher. MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 for Spencer Fisher
R3- Stephens looks solid on his feet in the third round as Fisher looks like starting to lose gas. Stephens almost locks on a guillotine choke on the ground, but Fisher is able to resist. Fisher works the fight back on the ground and gets to mount, moves back to half guard and then back to the feet. Stephens looks strong again, but the round is coming towards the end. He tries to lock on another guillotine choke on Fisher, but the fight ends. MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 for Jeremy Stephens
Spencer Fisher def. Jeremy Stephens by unanimous decision (29-28 on all score cards)
R2 - Riddle scores another takedown to open the round, but the fighters are quickly back up to the feet. The fighters stay in the clinch again for much of the round with Riddle displaying his power pushing Rivera against the cage and landing knees to the legs of his opponent. Late in the round, Riddle gets the mount on Rivera and starts to ground and pound before working for an armbar, but Rivera escapes and ends up on top. Rivera tries to ground and pound, but Riddle locks on a triangle choke and armbar, but Rivera gets out just as the round ends. MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 for Matt Riddle
R3 - Riddle takes Rivera down early in the round. Rivera works for rubber guard trying for a submission, but he is unable to lock anything on. Back on the feet, Riddle again displays his power in the clinch and then to another takedown. Herb Dean stands the fight up after a stall in the action. Riddle gets another takedown, and ends up mounting Rivera where he works for punches and elbows as time runs out. MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 for Matt Riddle
Matt Riddle def. Dante Rivera by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Hazelett
R2 -- A brief exchange is followed by Burkman slamming Hazelett down to his back, Burkman in Hazelett's guard. They stand back up and the pace slows. Hazelett jumps guard on Burkman and starts working for a guillotine choke while standing, but slips down out of Burkman's grasp and they clinch on the fence. Burkman lands a couple good punches on the break and throughout the next minute as the pace again slows down. They clinch and kind of mutually take each other down, Hazelett jumps to Burkman's arm locking on an armbar, extends and Burkman taps.
Dustin Hazelett def. Josh Burkman by Submission (Armbar) at 4:46, R2
Drew McFedries def. Marvin Eastman by TKO (Strikes) at 1:08, R1
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Arroyo.
R2 -- Brown starts off round two where he left off in one, pushing the pace and landing several combinations of punches, knees and kicks before taking Arroyo to the mat. He then starts peppering Arroyo with punches from inside his guard. Brown then starts adding forearms to both the head and body. He then pins Arroyo's head to the cage and lands a huge right hand that puts Arroyo out, and lands a couple more big blows to finish the fight.
Matt Brown def. Matt Arroyo by TKO (Strikes) at 3:40, R2
Dean Lister def. Jeremy Horn by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 3:52, R1
Rob Kimmons def. Rob Yundt by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 3:58, R1