On Sunday, July 12, the UFC hosted The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
In the night’s main event, welterweights Jake Ellenberger and Stephen Thompson locked horns. The 30-year-old Ellenberger snapped a three-fight skid in February by submitting former title challenger Josh Koscheck at UFC 184. The karate stylist Thompson, meanwhile, stepped into the Octagon riding a four-fight winning streak. The South Carolina fighter was most recently in action at UFC 178, where he edged Canadian Patrick Cote on the scorecards.
The co-main event featured the conclusion of the 21st season of The Ultimate Fighter. However, unlike seasons past, this edition featured a gym-versus-gym setup that pitted American Top Team against the Blackzilians. After a back-and-forth season, a champion was crowned in Las Vegas.
The 11-fight event kicked off Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET with a lone fight streaming on UFC Fight Pass. Four additional preliminary card bouts followed at 7 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1. The six-fight main card aired live at 9 p.m. ET, also on Fox Sports 1.