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TUF 21 Finale results: Josh Samman, Willie Gates get quick stoppages on the prelims

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Check out the results of the five preliminary card bouts on Sunday's TUF 21 Finale in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Repeating the pattern from last night's UFC 189, the preliminary card for The Ultimate Fighter 21 season finale was mostly lacking in entertainment value. It started out with a quick finish, then three slow, uneventful, drawn out decisions, and then was capped off with BE's own Josh Samman putting a beating on Caio Magalhaes.

Willie Gates (12-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC)  def. Darrell Montague (13-5 MMA, 0-3 UFC) via TKO (strikes) at 1:36 of round 1 - Flyweights

It was a third successive defeat for the deeply disappointing Darrell Montague, who was torn up by Willie Gates on the opening bout of the prelims. A straight right hand sent Montague backwards and then a swarm of punches put him on the canvas. Gates fended off a desperate takedown attempt, kept punching him and kneeing him to the body. Montague flopped to his back, badly hurt, and Gates threw some elbows that forced Kim Winslow to step in and stop the fight. A first UFC victory for "Whoopass", who whooped ass indeed.

George Sullivan (17-4, 1 NC MMA; 3-1 UFC) def. Dominic Waters (9-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) via unanimous decision (30-25, 29-27, 29-28) - Welterweights

Sullivan was hurt early by Waters' early strikes, and even taken down. But Sullivan responded by hurting Waters with an uppercut, and then battering him with elbows on the ground. Waters, taking this fight on one week's notice, struggled to get up at the end of the 1st round and staggered to his corner. Sullivan controlled much of the 2nd, outgrappling Waters and gaining full mount once, as well as attempting 3 non-threatening americanas. Waters pushed for the win and had Sullivan's back, throwing strikes and cutting Sullivan up and attempting a rear-naked choke, but he soon lost position and ended the fight on the bottom in a lackluster affair. I have no idea where 30-25 came from but the right guy won.

Trevor Smith (13-6 MMA, 3-4 UFC) def. Dan Miller (14-8, 1 NC MMA; 6-7 UFC) via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26) - Middleweights

After more than 2 years away from the cage, Miller looked every bit shop worn and physically spent in his loss to Trevor "Hot Sauce" Smith. The opening round was reasonably competitive until Smith started to work the cage and grind Miller out. Ground-and-pound was the theme in rounds 2 and 3 while Miller offered very little offense in response beyond some choke attempts that Smith avoided quite comfortably.

Jerrod Sanders (15-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) def. Russell Doane (14-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28) - Bantamweights

For whatever reason, Doane felt it necessary to grapple with Sanders despite being the clearly better striker. This didn't work to his advantage as he found himself in bad positions time and time again. Sanders would lose full mount or back mount time and time again, but his positional grappling and wrestling were the difference in another sub-standard fight. Sanders gets his first UFC win while Doane drops 2 in a row.

Josh Samman (12-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) def. Caio Magalhaes (9-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:52 of round 1 - Middleweights

Samman and Magalhaes were throwing some serious heat early, but Samman was connecting more consistently. His leg kicks posed huge problems for Magalhaes. Samman's striking busted up Magalhaes' face and when Magalhaes had a leg kick caught and he was forced to his back. A stiff jab destroyed Caio's nose, and on the ground, Samman kept the beating going, and as Magalhaes returned to his feet, Samman went for a standing rear-naked choke. He didn't get it the first time but re-adjusted the choke and Caio flailed his arms all over the place as he had no choice but to tap. Magalhaes then spit his blood at Samman after the fight over. TUF 17 semifinalist Samman remains undefeated inside the Octagon, simultaneously ending Magalhaes' four-fight winning streak.