TUF 28 Finale: Usman Dominates Dos Anjos
At The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale, Kamaru Usman made a statement as to why he deserves a shot at the UFC Welterweight Title.
In the main event of the card at The Palms, Usman defeated former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision.
While dos Anjos scored a fair share of shots in the opening round, Usman spent most of it in control, either pressing RDA up against the cage or in top control on the ground., though dos Anjos landed a nice upkick prior to the bell. Usman got the former champion against the cage and down to the mat again in the second, but RDA closed up his guard well and even nearly locked in a kimura, forcing Usman to break from his top game.
That second round, however, was the only bright spot for dos Anjos, as Usman proved to be the better-conditioned fighter over the final three rounds. The two exchanged to start the third, but that quickly turned into a battle of cage pressing and transitions, playing into Usman’s favor.
Then, in the fourth Usman’s dominance came full force, busting open the former 155-pound champion and landing another strong takedown before throwing heavy elbows and ground-and-pound. While RDA looked exhausted in the final round, Usman still had energy in the tank, controlling dos Anjos against the cage and on the ground once more and making RDA eat shot after shot.
All three judges scored the bout in Usman’s favor, 50-45, 49-46, 48-47.
Meanwhile, Juan Espino and Macy Chiasson won The Ultimate Fighter 28 tournaments in heavyweight and women’s featherweight, respectively. Espino defeated Justin Frazier via first-round submission in the co-main event to claim his title, while Chiasson scored a second-round submission over Pannie Kianzad the bout before to win the women’s 145-pound tournament.
The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale Main Card:
Welterweight: Kamaru Usman def. Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 48-47)
TUF 28 Heavyweight Final: Juan Espino def. Justin Frazier via submission (armlock) (Rd. 1, 3:36)
TUF 28 Women’s Featherweight Final: Macy Chiasson def. Pannie Kianzad via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 2, 2:11)
Bantamweight: Pedro Munhoz def. Bryan Caraway via TKO (Rd. 1, 2:39)
Middleweight: Edmen Shahbazyan def. Darren Stewart via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Women’s Flyweight: Antonina Shevchenko def. Ji Yeon Kim via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale Preliminary Card:
Featherweight: Kevin Aguilar def. Rick Glenn via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Flyweight: Joseph Benavidez def. Alex Perez via TKO (Rd. 1, 4:19)
Heavyweight: Maurice Greene def. Michel Batista via submission (triangle choke) (Rd. 1, 2:14)
Women’s Featherweight: Leah Letson def. Julija Stoliarenko via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
The Ultimate Fighter 28 Early Prelims Card:
Lightweight: Roosevelt Roberts def. Darrell Horcher via submission (guillotine) (Rd. 1, 4:50)
Welterweight: Tim Means def. Ricky Rainey via TKO (Rd. 1, 1:18)
Bantamweight: Raoni Barcelos def. Chris Gutierrez via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 2, 4:12)