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.
Welcome back to The Crossfire.
MMA Crossfire Expert Kenai Andrews checks in.
TSN MAIN CARD
MAXIMO BLANCO VS MIKE DE LA TORRE
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
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
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
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)
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.
#9 JAKE ELLENBERGER VS STEPHEN THOMPSON
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.