After The Crossfire: TUF 20 Finale

C is for Cookie. But after the TUF 20 Finale last night, C is for Carla Esparza and for Champion.

Esparza shocked the world with a dominant second round submission victory against Team Melendez finalist Rose Namajunas.

The main event capped off a solid evening of fights at the Palms.

Welcome back to The Crossfire.

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ANGELA HILL VS EMILY KAGAN

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Angela Hill punches Emily Kagan in their strawweight fight during The Ultimate Fighter Finale event inside the Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort on December 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: EMILY KAGAN VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

WINNER: ANGELA HILL VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

Andrews: To my surprise, Angela kept the fight on the feet and used her striking to great effect. Kagan, unlike Carla Esparza, could not get the fight to the ground. Great win for Angela Hill.

AISLING VS ALEX CHAMBERS

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Aisling Daly attempts to submit Alex Chambers in their strawweight fight during The Ultimate Fighter Finale event inside the Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort on December 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: AISLING DALY VIA TKO

WINNER: AISLING DALY VIA FIRST ROUND ARMBAR SUBMISSION

Andrews: A valiant performance by Chambers, who got the fight to the ground, but Daly was simply better. Nice work by Daly to get the late tap.

Andrews Prediction: Aisling “Ais the Bash” Daly via TKO.

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TECIA “THE TINY TORNADO” TORRES  VS ANGELA “YOUR MAGESTY” MAGANA

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Tecia Torres punches Angela Magana in their strawweight fight during The Ultimate Fighter Finale event inside the Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort on December 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TECIA TORRES VIA TKO

WINNER: TECIA TORRES VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Another textbook performance by Torres. Quick footwork, quick strikes, and timely takedowns. Magana showed her toughness by taking everything Torres dished out and trying to fight back, but just a great win for Tecia.

JOANNE “BADMOFO JOJO” CALDERWOOD VS SEOHEE HAM

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Joanne Calderwood (top) punches Seohee Ham in their strawweight fight during The Ultimate Fighter Finale event inside the Palms Casino Resort on December 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Andrews: Another great performance by JoJo, but how about Seohee Ham? She should have been in the house. She bloodied Calderwood’s nose and fought a competitive bout. Somebody buy both of these ladies a beer.

BEC RAWLINGS VS HEATHER JO CLARK

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Heather Jo Clark punches Bec Rawlings in their strawweight fight during The Ultimate Fighter Finale event inside the Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort on December 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: HEATHER JO CLARK VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

ANDREWS PREDICTION: HEATHER JO CLARK VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Rawlings waited too long to let her hands go. She had a spirited third round, but Clark was on the money in the first two. She used her grappling and ground game to control the rounds, and then hung on for a gassed third. Good win for Clark.

FELICE HERRIG VS LISA ELLIS

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Felice Herrig attempts to submit Lisa Ellis in their strawweight fight during The Ultimate Fighter Finale event inside the Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort on December 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: FELICE HERRIG VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

WINNER: FELICE HERRIG VIA SECOND ROUND ARMBAR SUBMISSION

Andrews: Spunky Lisa Ellis put up a fight, but the bout basically consisted of Ellis surprising Herrig with a Guillotine and then Herrig trying to submit her on the ground, maybe to Ellis’ surprise. She finally locked in the armbar and it all she wrote for Ellis. Good win.

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JESSICA PENNE  VS RANDA MARKOS

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Jessica Penne exchanges punches with Randa Markos in their strawweight fight during The Ultimate Fighter Finale event inside the Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort on December 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RANDA MARKOS VIA TKO

WINNER: JESSICA PENNE VIA SPLIT-DECISION (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)

Andrews: Great performances by both fighters. Penne was savvy enough take the fight to the ground when Markos started outstriking her, which was often. On the ground, she controlled enough of the fight. Markos did well to once again show everyone she is no pushover. Plus, she got a $25,000 USD bonus for her Episode 9 submission win over Felice Herrig.

JOE PROCTOR  VS YANCY MEDEIROS

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Jessica Penne exchanges punches with Randa Markos in their strawweight fight during The Ultimate Fighter Finale event inside the Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort on December 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: YANCY MEDEIROS VIA TKO

WINNER: YANCY MEDEIROS VIA FIRST ROUND GUILLOTINE SUBMISSION

Andrews: What a professional performance by Medeiros. He hurt Proctor late in the first, then calmly let Proctor’s movements lead him into the guillotine finish. Excellent.

KJ NOONS  VS DARON CRUICKSHANK

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Daron Cruickshank walks to his corner after an accidental eye poke from KJ Noons in their lightweight fight during The Ultimate Fighter Finale event inside the Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort on December 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DARON CRUICKSHANK VIA TKO

WINNER: NO-CONTEST

Andrews: Thank goodness for Big John McCarthy. On the heels of Urijah Faber’s eyepoke-assisted win over Francisco Rivera, Noons accidentally eyepoked Cruickshank with Daron winning the fight at the time. Despite not seeing it, McCarthy stopped the bout in the second round and had the fighter assessed. A rematch will probably be made.

#10 JEREMY STEVENS VS #14 CHARLES OLIVEIRA

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Charles Oliveira attempts to submit Jeremy Stephens in their lightweight fight during The Ultimate Fighter Finale event inside the Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort on December 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CHARLES OLIVERIA VIA SUBMISSION

WINNER: CHARLES OLIVEIRA VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Andrews: Oliveria has indeed grown from that Frankie Edgar fight. Stephens deserves some kind of award for getting out of submission attempts of Oliveira. But the fight was the Charles Oliveira show. Excellent performance on the feet and the ground for the Brazilian.

MAIN EVENT

#1 CARLA  ESPARZA) VS ROSE  NAMAJUNAS

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Carla Esparza (top) punches Rose Namajunas in their strawweight championship fight during The Ultimate Fighter Finale event inside the Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort on December 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ROSE NAMAJUNAS VIA TKO

WINNER: CARLA ESPARZA VIA SECOND-ROUND REAR NAKED CHOKE

Andrews: This fight reminded me of the TJ Dillashaw – Renan Barao fight. Just an overwhelming dominant second round by Esparza. She dragged Namajunas kicking and screaming into a war on the ground. The future is bright for Namajunas and the future is now for Esparza – the UFC’s first strawweight champion.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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