The Ultimate Fighter II Finale


November 5, 2005

The Joint

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas, Nevada



Televised Order:

Fight 1 - Welterweight Bout

Kenny Florian wins by submission (rear naked choke) at :37 of the second round over Kit Cope


Fight 2 - TUF Welterweight Final

Joe Stevenson wins a three round unanimous decision (29-82, 30-27, 29-28) over Luke Cummo -

Stevenson wins The Ultimate Fighter Season II welterweight competition


Fight 3- TUF Heavyweight Final

Rashad Evans wins a three round split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) over Brad Imes - Evans wins The

Ultimate Fighter Season II heavyweight competition


Fight 4 - Welterweight Bout

Diego Sanchez wins a three round unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) over Nick Diaz


Prelims (not televised - results from the UFC:

Welterweight Bout

Josh Burkman wins by knockout at :21 of the first round over Sammy Morgan


Welterweight Bout

Melvin Guillard wins by TKO at 2:55 of the second round over Marcus Davis


Heavyweight Bout

Keith Jardine wins by TKO at 3:28 of the second round over Kerry Schall







Evans and Stevenson - Tonights Ultimate Fighters


Sanchez Becomes Diaz’ Nightmare In Finale Main Event


LAS VEGAS, NV  – Rashad Evans and Joe Stevenson came into The Ultimate Fighter™ reality series

this season from vastly different places in terms of expectations. But at the end of tonight’s The Ultimate

Fighter™ Season 2 finale at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, the underdog and the favorite

finally had something in common: They were Ultimate Fighters.


In the heavyweight finale, Evans out-pointed Brad Imes via split decision in a classic slugfest, and

Stevenson also won via points, unanimously outscoring Luke Cummo to earn this season’s welterweight

crown. Both Evans and Stevenson took home six figure UFC contracts with their victories, as well as Toyota

Scion automobiles.


When the 5’11” 224 lbs. Evans squared off against the 6’7”, 250 lbs. Imes, many expected the height and

weight disparity between the two to be too much for the former Michigan State wrestler. And early on, things

went according to form, with Evans’ faster hands getting nullified by Imes’ Thai clinch and knees.


But by late in the first round, Evans started finding a home for his left hooks, while just missing with a right

hand finisher. In the second, Imes again used his reach advantage to spear Evans from long range, and as

fatigue started to become an issue for both fighters, the real fight began, with both fighters taking turns

rocking each other with solid shots to the head.


The third round had the packed house on its feet, but Imes wasn’t so lucky when Evans finally connected

with the left hook right hand combo, sending the Iowa resident crashing to the canvas. Evans pounced, but

was unable to finish.


“I’m happy, excited, and privileged to be in the position I’m in,” said Evans of his UFC victory, who admitted

that he might move down to the light heavyweight division as to avoid facing 250 pounders every night.


Imes was gracious in defeat.


“I’ve gotten better since the show, but I still have a lot to learn,” he said. “That’s no excuse though because

Rashad fought a helluva fight and he’s a great fighter.”


In the welterweight finale, Joe Stevenson battled against Luke Cummo for all three rounds.


In the first round, Stevenson appeared to be on his way to victory early, as he easily avoided Cummo’s

strikes and took him to the mat almost immediately and dominated the ground action. The war picked up in

round two, as Cummo dropped Stevenson to the canvas with a right hand, only to fall back into a ground

game. But he began to handle himself better, and escaped danger by striking in retaliation.


In the third round, Cummo came on fast again, but Stevenson had better control on the mat. There was no question when the scorecards were announced, and the win went to Stevenson by unanimous decision.

In the card’s main event, (Diego) Sanchez proved that he is a legitimate contender to the welterweight

crown held by Matt Hughes as he scored a shutout three round decision over heated rival Nick Diaz.


Scores for ‘The Nightmare’ were 30-27 across the board.


“I believe I was in control the whole way,” said Sanchez, who is unbeaten in the UFC®. “There’s no messing

around for Diego Sanchez, I’m on my way to the top.”


Avoiding Diaz’ superior standup skills from the opening bell, Sanchez dominated the action on the ground

with a mixture of well-placed strikes, frenetic grapples, and side control. Diaz, who never seemed to get into

a rhythm in the bout, kept trying to lock in submissions on Sanchez, but ‘The Nightmare’ was too fast and



In the second round, Diaz landed his only damaging strike of the night, a flush kick to the face from the

ground, but Sanchez quickly recovered and got back to business, which wasn’t pretty – but it was effective.


By round three, the heated turf war finally kicked into gear when both suffered cuts – Diaz to his forehead,

Sanchez over his eye. The fists started flying with more desperation, and the attempts by both men to finish

the fight increased. But by the end of the bout, Diaz’ inability to get his shots off before getting taken down

proved to be his downfall. Not that he’s about to give his opponent credit.


“No, I don’t,” said Diaz when asked if he thought Sanchez belonged where he currently stands in the 170 lbs.

Sanchez, victory in hand, had a simple response. “He can think what he wants.”

Florian vs. Cope

In the co-feature, Kenny Florian scored perhaps the most impressive victory of his mixed martial arts

career, submitting four-time World Muay Thai champion Kit Cope with a rear naked choke at 37 seconds of

the second round.


It was actually the second win of the night for Florian, who forced Cope to tap out to an armbar just as the

horn ending the round sounded. The win was a satisfying one for the classy Florian, who took some good

natured trash talk from Cope leading up to the bout.


“I just want to concentrate on my opponent and the fight itself,” said Florian.


Early on, Florian showed a strong beard as he traded with Cope en route to clinching with his foe against the

fence. “It was my strategy to use strikes to get inside on him,” said the Jiu-Jitsu ace. “I try to mix it up.”


The strategy paid dividends late in the round as Cope tired from the consistent pressure and Florian took him

to the mat. With 30 seconds left, Florian got into the mount position and then, as the clock ticked, he

transitioned into the armbar. Cope resisted and then tapped, but the referee ruled that the round had ended

before the tap.


But with his shoulder battered, Cope’s demise was inevitable, and even though he fought back with his only

remaining weapons – his feet – once Florian got inside and got the takedown, it was over.


Undercard Bouts

Burkman vs. Morgan

Welterweight Josh Burkman scored a 21 second knockout of Sam Morgan, sending him to the canvas with a

takedown that put the Minnesotan out almost immediately. A follow-up barrage then forced the stoppage,

giving Burkman the win, even though he appeared to be shaken up by the ending.


“Our sport’s not about that,” said Burkman, who said he had no idea that the takedown put his opponent out.

“I don’t want to hurt anybody.”


Guillard vs. Davis
Melvin Guillard showed the explosive style that got him invited to The Ultimate Fighter reality series,

thrashing a game Marcus Davis at 2:55 of the second round.


“I’m young, explosive, and I can strike,” said Guillard. “Kevin Randleman is my hero and tonight I fought

like him.”


Flashing fast hands from the opening bell, Guillard nonetheless did his most damage on the ground, locking

in a guillotine choke that almost ended the fight.


The second was all Guillard, and once he got Davis back to the mat, he landed a series of elbow strikes,

cutting Davis over the left eye. Moments later, the bout was halted on advice from the ringside physician,

giving Guillard his first UFC win.


“I’ve dreamed of this since I was 14, and now I’m living my dream,” said Guillard. “But the nerves were the

same – a fight’s a fight.”


Jardine vs. Schall

In the opener, Keith Jardine scored an impressive stoppage of Kerry Schall, using brutally effective leg kicks

to send ‘The Meat Truck’ to defeat in the second round.


Opting to keep the fight standing, both fighters teed off on each other in the opening round, with Jardine’s

superior speed and footwork keeping him on step ahead of Schall’s heavier hands. But by the end of the

round it was Schall showing the scars of battle, with a nosebleed and a bruise under his left eye.


In the second round, Jardine kept trying to score with a left-right combination to the jaw, but Schall, who

continuously moved forward, hoping to land the fight altering haymaker. When Jardine added leg kicks to the

mix, the fight was a wrap as Schall’s tender left knee gave way under the consistent attack.


Finally, after a series of shots to the leg, Schall fell to the canvas grasping his knee. The fight was then

immediately stopped at the 3:28 mark by referee Jon Schorle. Schall, who was forced to leave The Ultimate

Fighter series due to an injury to his left knee, was brought to a local hospital to have the knee looked at

once again after tonight’s bout.

The card will be re-aired on Spike TV Monday, November 7 at 11:00pm ET/PT.


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