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After The Crossfire – TUF 21 Finale

Stephen Thompson finished Jake Ellenberger with a highlight reel spinning kick in the first round at the TUF 21 Finale in Las Vegas.

Ellenberger started off well, knocking Thompson down but was unable to finish. Thompson recovered never looked back.

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TUF 21 Finale
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MAXIMO BLANCO VS MIKE  DE LA TORRE 

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Referee separates Maximo Blanco and Mike De La Torre after calling their featherweight bout during the Ultimate Fighter Finale inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MAXIMO BLANCO VIA TKO

WINNER: MAXIMO BLANCO VIA TKO R1 0:16

Andrews: Blanco stunned De La Torre but it looked to be an early stoppage by ref Yves Lavigne. De La Torre seemed to be defending himself and even grabbed a leg for a takedown. Tough break for De La Torre.

ANGELA MAGANA VS MICHELLE  WATERSON 

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Michelle Waterson kicks Angela Magana in their women’s strawweight bout during the Ultimate Fighter Finale inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MICHELLE WATERSON VIA TKO

WINNER: MICHELLE WATERSON VIA TKO R3 2:38

Andrews: Waterson overcome some dirty boxing in the first round to dominate in the second and third. No UFC jitters for Michelle Waterson. Excellent win.

#14 JORGE MASVIDAL VS CEZAR FERREIRA 

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Jorge Masvidal (top) punches Cezar Ferreira in their welterweight bout during the Ultimate Fighter Finale inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JORGE MASVIDAL VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

WINNER: JORGE MASVIDAL VIA TKO R1 4:42

Andrews: Brilliant right hand off the break from the cage from Jorge. Ferreira just could not land much despite being the aggressor for most of the fight. Frustrating for him, but excellent win for Jorge.

MICHAEL GRAVES VS VICENTE LUQUE 

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Michael Graves kicks Vicente Luque in their welterweight bout during the Ultimate Fighter Finale inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MICHAEL GRAVES VIA TKO

WINNER: MICHAEL GRAVES VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Andrews: Graves simply outworked Luque for the first two rounds. Luque captured the third, but it wasn’t enough.

KAMARU “THE NIGERIAN NIGHTMARE” USMAN (5-1-0) VS HAYDER HASSAN (6-1-0)

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Kamaru Usman (center) celebrates with his teammates after defeating Hayder Hassan in their welterweight bout during the Ultimate Fighter Finale inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: HAYDER HASSAN VIA TKO

WINNER: KAMARA USMAN VIA SUBMISSION R2 

Andrews: What a performance by Usman, shutting down the striking of Hasan by taking him to the ground and making him work. The Blackzillians get the last laugh and $300,000 too.

MAIN EVENT 

#9 JAKE ELLENBERGER VS STEPHEN THOMPSON 

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Stephen Thompson (right) reacts to his victory over Jake Ellenberger in their welterweight bout during the Ultimate Fighter Finale inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: STEPHEN THOMPSON VIA TKO

WINNER: STEPHEN THOMPSON VIA TKO R1 4:29

Andrews: Thompson after getting knocked down by Ellenberger, came back to finish him with a highlight reel spin kick. This is why you have to be careful , and you can’t fault Ellenberger here. He  got the knockdown, just couldn’t finish it. Just an excellent performance by the Wonderboy.

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