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TUF 28 Finale: Kamaru Usman stifles Rafael dos Anjos

UFC welterweight No. 9 Kamaru Usman (14-1-0) used a mixture of ground pressure and and striking to decision former lightweight champion No. 3 Rafael dos Anjos (28-11-0) in the main event of the TUF 28 Finale last night.

“The Nigerian Nightmare” looked to get the finish in the final round, but the undersized yet scrappy dos Anjos remained vigilant defensively, save for a few counterstrike Kimura attempts. It was a convincing decision as the judges scored it 50-43, 49-45, and 48-47.

Usman, Joseph Benavidez, Juan Espino, and Roosevelt Roberts earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

After the bout, Dana White suggested to reporters that Usman’s performance could steal the title shot currently held by interim champion Colby Covington.

In other bouts:

JUAN ESPINO DEF. JUSTIN FRAZIER VIA SUBMISSION (ARMLOCK) R1 3:36

MACY CHIASSON DEF. PANNIE KIANZAD VIA SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE) R2 2:11 TUF 28 CHAMPION

PEDRO MUNHOZ DEF. BRYAN CARAWAY VIA TKO (STRIKES) R1 2:39

EDMEN SHAHBAZAYAN DEF. DARREN STEWART VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANTONIA SHEVCHENKO DEF. JI YEON KIM VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

KEVIN AGUILLAR DEF. RICK GLENN VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ DEF. ALEX PEREZ VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 4:19

MAURICE GREENE DEF. MICHEL BATISTA VIA SUBMISSION (TRIANGLE CHOKE) R1 2:14

LEAH LETSON DEF. JULIA STOLIARENKO VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ROOSEVELT ROBERTS DEF. DARRELL HORCHER VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R1 4:50

TIM MEANS DEF. RICKY RAINEY VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 1:18

RAONI BARCELOS DEF. CHRIS GUTIERREZ VIA SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE) R2 4:12

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