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The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale was all action from top to bottom, and three out of the four main card fights delivered. The only bout that was a little slow was the welterweight Ultimate Fighter finale, but it still wasn't that bad either. This recap will take a quick look at three of the four main card bouts, while the main event between Roy Nelson and Matt Mitrione will get its own recap.
Colton Smith defeated Mike Ricci by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Smith (3-1, 1-0 UFC) completely controlled Ricci (7-3, 0-1 UFC) for almost the whole fight with dominant wrestling and grappling. He spent most of the 15 minutes glued to Ricc's back, looking to sink a choke. Ricci finally made a brief comeback late in the third and almost locked up an armbar, but it wasn't to be. The soldier took the decision and won the six figure contract (and a Harley).
Del Rosario (11-2, 0-2 UFC) managed to take Barry (8-5, 5-5 UFC) down in the first round and nearly sunk a choke, but he was little sloppy and tried to do it with no hooks. Barry was able to escape and make it to the end of the stanza. Early in the second, he crushed SDR with a shot that had him wobbling, then dropped him with a three-punch combination that put Del Rosario out cold. Barry was very emotional after the fight, even hugging Joe Rogan.
Poirier (13-2, 4-1 UFC) showed no fear of Brookins' (13-6, 2-3 UFC) striking early and he almost paid for it. Brookins was on point with some shots that wobbled Poirier, but he was able to come back and stun the TUF 12 winner with his own shots. Brookins went for an ill-advised takedown attempt when he got hurt, and walked right into a fight-ending D'Arce choke.