Tonight's UFC Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale feature some very good action. Coming out of the prelims, there were four solid fights ahead of the main event.
Jeremy Stephens and Charles Oliveira put on a very entertaining featherweight fight in the night's co-main event. Oliveira was able to do a lot of very good work on the ground. Stephens wasn't able to turn the fight into quite the brawl that he would like, but he survived some very bad positions and did a little work from the top position. It did appear to clearly be Oliveira's fight as he did the better work, but a submission attack off your back is never a sure way to win a fight in MMA.
The official scorecards read: 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, all for Charles Oliveira.
Daron Cruickshank and KJ Noons were putting on a very fun fight for a little over a round before the fight came to an anti-climatic ending and was ruled a no contest. Noons pawed with an open hand at one point and caught Cruickshank in the eye with a finger poke. After some time to recover, they continued. Noons would be warned twice more for grabbing the cage, and then he would poke Cruickshank in the eye again. This time Cruickshank couldn't continue. After telling the doctor multiple times and the doctor telling John McCarthy that the fight was over (despite McCarthy seeming opposed to the idea), it was stopped and ruled a no contest.
It well could have been scored a DQ win for Cruickshank after four fouls, but that's just not the way things work in MMA.
Yancy Medeiros pulled off an impressive first round win a guillotine choke over Joe Proctor. A body kick from Medeiros badly hurt Proctor, allowing Yancy to move in and lock up the choke and put on the squeeze until the tap.
Jessica Penne won her first ever UFC fight, having to battle with a very game Randa Markos for tthe full three round time limit. Both fighters had very good moments, Penne using her ground game in impressive ways but Markos hanging tough both on the ground and on the feet. The judges were split when the final cards were read, but Penne got her hand raised after scores of 28-29, 30-27 and 29-28.