Now competing as featherweights, former lightweight champions Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn will meet for a third time tonight in the headliner of The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale. Winners for this season will also be crowned in the Light-Heavyweight (Corey Anderson vs. Matt Van Buren) and Middleweight (Eddie Gordon vs. Dhiego Lima) finals matches while bouts pitting Guto Inocente vs. Derrick Lewis and Dustin Ortiz vs. Justin Scoggins will touch off the event's main card.
Bloody Elbow will provide live results and play by play for the entire five-fight main card, which starts at 9:00 p.m. ET, along with a convenient forum to discuss the action as it transpires. The complete lineup for the TUF 19 Finale main card follows.
TUF 19 Main Card
R1: Penn, in an oddly upright stance, comes out with double jabs. Edgar stings with a one-two and, later, with a sharp low kick. Penn looking to walk in behind punches and snatch up the Thai plum but Edgar's punches are penetrating his guard. Edgar changes levels and puts Penn on his back. He disengages but then leaps back in with a right hand that misses. Edgar stands back up but can't pass Penn's legs while diving back into his guard.
Penn with good head and wrist control, causing Edgar to back out again. Edgar kicks to the thighs and dives into his guard again. Feet on hips for Penn with good control of Edgar's posture. Herb Dean stands them up with a minute left. Penn checks Edgar's low kick. Edgar plugs Penn with a left hand, then lands a three-punch flurry and a left hook before the bell. 10-9 Edgar.
R2: Edgar grabs a single but Penn limp-legs out of it. Edgar finds Penn's chin with a right hand. Penn lands a right/left counter but misses with a left hook. Edgar snatches another single but switches to a double to take Penn down. Edgar backs out and re-engages, landing a few shots from on top. Almost no activity or hip movement from Penn in guard, just posture control.
Penn boots him off but can't create enough space to escape. Half butterfly guard for Penn but Edgar keeps cutting off the angle for the sweep and thwacking Penn with ground and pound. 10-8 Edgar for the domination plus Penn's resounding lack of offense.
R3: Ineffective jabs from out of range from Penn as Edgar dots him up with punches and a low kick. Edgar lands left hands in triplicate and then a right. Crafty trip from striking range from Edgar, who continues to maul the inactive Penn with ground and pound. Penn is bloodied up and even starts grimacing visibly when Edgar switches to elbows and forearms. Herb Dean steps in to end the odd and one-sided contest.
Frankie Edgar defeats B.J. Penn by TKO (punches) at 4:16 of Round 3
Corey Anderson vs. Matt Van Buren -- TUF 19 LHW finals
R1: Anderson gets off first with a right high and a left downstairs. Anderson lands a four-punch combo and follows with two more that put Van Buren on roller-skates, and Anderson stays on Van Buren, eventually overwhelming him with his nonstop barrage of heavy leather.
- Corey Anderson defeats Matt Van Buren by TKO (punches) at 1:01 of Round 1
Eddie Gordon vs. Dhiego Lima -- TUF 19 MW finals
R1: Inside low kick for Lima, then a jab betwixt big right counters from Gordon. Gordon plants and heaves a few bombs that get Lima's attention, then Gordon plants and lobs a big meatball that wobbles Lima. Gordon pounces ferociously and looks to get away with at least blatant hammer-fist to the back of the head. Gordon doesn't notice and continues the downpour of haymakers to elicit the stoppage.
- Eddie Gordon defeats Dhiego Lima by TKO (punches, so many punches) at 1:11 of Round 1
R1: After a hesitant start on both sides, Inocente throws a front kick and they clinch up just past the one minute mark. Lewis keeps Inocente on the cage whilst pursuing a takedown but Inocente circles off. Lewis reconnects and peels off a thunderous right hand, but Inocente escapes on his uppercut attempt.
Lewis moves in on Inocente's kick and bowls him over, but Inocente's up kicks force some caution before Lewis dives down with a punch that just misses. Inocente tries to entangle a leg but Lewis clears it and thwacks him with a land mine of a right hand and jack-hammers a few more, and Inocente goes limp.
- Derrick Lewis defeats Guto Inocente by TKO (punches) at 3:31 of Round 1
R1: Ortiz forces an immediate clinch and puts Scoggins down with a body-lock trip. Scoggins swivels for an armbar it looks deep and tight. Ortiz freezes and tries to put pressure on Scoggins' head with his knee, but Scoggins clears the arm, angles away from the cage and torques on it. Ortiz's arm seems bent in a ghastly enough shape to be dislocated, and Scoggins goes belly down on the armbar but Ortiz refuses to submit.
Scoggins lets go and puts Ortiz on the cage, then ducks under for a slick back take. Ortiz counters and Scoggins grabs a guillotine, using it to sweep. They emerge from the blurry entanglement with Scoggins holding Ortiz on the fence and then getting the rear waist lock as Ortiz escapes. Ortiz lands a right/left at the bell. 10-9 Scoggins.
R2: Ortiz shoots but Scoggins stays slippery, triangling Ortiz's arm with his legs while holding an overhook. Ortiz rolls into an escape and lands on top in side control. Scoggins recomposes full guard when Ortiz tries a pass to mount. Scoggins looks to elevate from half butterfly but Ortiz stays glued to him with a heavy base.
Ortiz uses the waist lock to prevent Scoggins from escaping and lands a heavy right hand. Scoggins puts his feet on the cage but Ortiz pulls him away to maintain position. Armbar attempt from Scoggins but Ortiz is well aware. 10-9 Ortiz.
R3: Ortiz stays at toe-to-toe range to dissuade any kicks and keep the takedown threat on Scoggins' mind. It's Scoggins who shoots and gets the takedown, however, and Ortiz soon has to fight his way out of an arm triangle. Ortiz bucks him off and shuts down Scoggins move for back control.
They tie up and Scoggins lands a knee to the body and keeps Ortiz on the fence before dropping for a double. Ortiz leans over for a kimura and throws short elbows to the head when he can't lock his hands. Ortiz hits a switch and fishes for a single leg, Scoggins counters with a double and then Ortiz counters his counter with a successful single leg. Lotta back and forth action here. Ortiz rolls into a foot/leg lock and ends up on top when Scoggins defends. 10-10 for an even round. I have it a draw at 29-29.
- Dustin Ortiz defeats Justin Scoggins by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x 2)