UFC veteran Pat Barry proved he’s still a dangerous heavyweight at “The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale,” and Colton Smith secured a six-figure contract with his dominant performance against Mike Ricci. Here are the results of the entire TUF 16 Finale fight card held on Dec. 15, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev:
Roy Nelson def. Matt Mitrione
Mitrione landed some nice leg-kicks early in their TUF 16 Finale encounter, trying to get Nelson to respect his standup skills. Unfortunately for Mitrione, the kicks only ended up pissing Nelson off.
“Big Country” caught Mitrione with a right uppercut shortly after, and he clipped “Meathead” with a left hook on the way down. He followed up with some ground-n-pound, forcing referee Herb Dean to stop the bout at the 2:58 mark of the opening round.
Colton Smith def. Mike Ricci (welterweight finals)
Smith looked like an Army Ranger on a mission at the TUF 16 Finale, imposing his will on Ricci from start to finish. Colton had no problems getting Ricci to the ground and keeping him there, and he did just that for the entire duration of their encounter.
Ricci tried to turn things around during the last minute of the third round, and he came pretty close, taking Smith’s back, almost securing an armbar. Unfortunately for Ricci, it wasn’t meant to be, and Colton survived his last minute comeback attempt. All three judges scored the fight in favor of Smith who becomes the winner of TUF 16.
Pat Barry def. Shane del Rosario
De Rosario got off to a good start at the TUF 16 Finale, controlling Barry against the cage and on the ground during the first round. He even came close to securing a rear-naked choke and armbar.
However, Barry turned things around in the second round, hurting del Rosario with a big left hook, that sent “No Limit” staggering backwards towards the cage. Barry blitzed Shane against the cage, and he finished him off with a savage right hook, knocking the two-time WBC Muay Thai world heavyweight kickboxing champion out cold 26 seconds into the second round.
Melvin Guillard vs. Jamie Varner (cancelled)
Varner was reportedly vomiting in the locker room, forcing the Nevada State Athletic Commission to cancel the bout. Melvin didn’t buy the story, and he accused Varner of ducking. The fight between the two has now been moved to UFC 155 (Dec. 29).
Dustin Poirier def. Jonathan Brookins
Both men came out swinging at the TUF 16 Finale, but Brookins landed the first solid shot, rocking Poirier with a flurry of punches against the cage. Poirier eventually shook off the cobwebs, and he gave Brookins a taste of his own medicine shortly after. He softened up the Ultimate Fighter season 12 winner with a barrage of punches against the cage before securing a brabo choke, forcing the tap with 45 seconds left in the first round.
Mike Pyle def. James Head (TKO, round one)
Johnny Bedford def. Marcos Vinicius (KO, round two)
Rustam Khabilov def. Vinc Pichel (KO, round one)
T.J. Waldburger def. Nick Catone (triangle choke, round two)
Hugo Viana def. Reuben Duran (TKO, round one)
Mike Rio def. John Cofer (armbar, round three)
Tim Elliott def. Jared Papazian (unanimous decision)