In the main event of the Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale, Roy Nelson picked up a big TKO win over Matt Mitrione. It was the first time Mitirone had been stopped in his seven-fight career. Nelson mixed up his striking well, confusing Mitrione with a sneaky uppercut that stunned him, and following up with a combination that put him down and out. The finish came at 2:58 of the first round.
Nelson (18-7, 5-3 UFC) picked up his second straight win, and has now finished all five of his UFC wins by a form of knockout. Mitrione (5-2, 5-2 UFC) dropped his second straight bout in the octagon.
What was the high point of the fight?
The knockout. Nelson just blasted away and put Mitrione down.
Where do they go from here?
Nelson will continue to be a pseudo-gatekeeper at heavyweight. If you can get through him, you belong in the elite of the division. If you get knocked out by him, you're probably not ready. I think he should fight Cheick Kongo next.
Mitrione will have to go back to the drawing board after his second straight loss. He could face off with the loser of the Todd Duffee vs. Philip De Fries (Mitrione's original UFC 155 opponent).
Watch now, later, or never?
Now. It's only three minutes of your life and you get to see a nice knockout.