The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale main card began with some controversy over an early stoppage to what was a lightning start to the fight between Maximo Blanco and Mike De La Torre. After two more finishes where there was no refereeing controversy, the TUF 21 semifinalists battled it out before the co-main and main event took place. Here are the results from the first four main card bouts:
Both Blanco and De La Torre wasted no time engaging in trading heavy leather. Blanco staggered and dropped De La Torre with a right hand as Mike threw a left hook. Yves Lavigne stopped the fight as De La Torre went for a leg and the crowd loudly booed the decision by the referee, and for good reason. Very premature stoppage and an awkward end to what was shaping up to be a fun fight.
A fun opening round saw Magana try and initiate a bit of a grinding fight against the cage, but Waterson tossed her to the mat. Magana threatened with a deep armbar attempt and it looked like Waterson was in some trouble, but she fought her way out of it. They returned to their feet with Waterson getting Magana with a knee and then tossing her to the mat once more. This time she had full mount and attacked with an armbar but couldn't get it.
Waterson was soundly outstriking Magana before a kick was caught and Magana was able to get on top. That would only last for a moment though as Waterson reversed and transitioned into an armbar. Magana didn't tap and even went for a heel hook but round 2 was all "Karate Hottie".
Round 3 started with a head kick wobbling Magana. More strikes were landing and Magana got suplexed after that. With full back mount in place, Waterson got the tapout via rear-naked choke.
In a battle between a man who was moving up in weight and a man who was moving down, it was former lightweight Masvidal who finally got his first UFC finish. Ferreira tried to outmuscle him early on and he did succeed in getting a takedown. Masvidal scrambled out of the attempt to pass to mount and owned Ferreira in the stand-up from then on. "Gamebred" hurt Ferreira with a knee in the clinch and then cracked him with a perfectly timed elbow, then a right hand, and 3-4 vicious punches on the ground.
The two TUF 21 semifinalists competed in what was effectively a 3rd place match. Graves drove Luque to the mat over and over again and continued to hold him down and display superior top control. The only minor issue was Graves hitting Luque with an illegal knee while Luque had his fingertips down. Yves Lavigne didn't deduct a point, but merely issued a warning. Luque sprawled on an early takedown and had a headlock and went for a choke. It didn't materialize, Graves reversed into top position and saw out the victory. Graves finished the fight with 6 takedowns.