Stephen Thompson (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

TUF 21 Finale Results: Thompson Stops Ellenberger, Usman Claims Tournament

On Sunday, July 12, the UFC hostedĀ The Ultimate Fighter 21 FinaleĀ from the MGM Grand Garden ArenaĀ 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 ofĀ 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.

Stephen Thompson def. Jake Ellenberger by knockout (strikes). Round 1, 4:29
Kamaru Usman def. Hayder Hassan by submission (arm-triangle choke). Round 2, 1:19 –Ā TUF 21 tournament final
Michael Graves def. Vicente Luque by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Jorge Masvidal def.Ā Cezar Ferreira by knockout (elbow and punches). Round 1, 4:22
Michelle Waterson def.Ā Angela Magana by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 3, 2:38
Maximo Blanco def. Mike De La Torre by knockout (punch). Round 1, :16
Josh Samman def. Caio Magalhaes by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:52
Jerrod Sanders def. Russell Doane by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Trevor Smith def. Dan Miller by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)
George Sullivan def.Ā Dom Waters by unanimous decision (29-27, 30-25, 29-28)
Willie Gates def. Darrell Montague by TKO (punches). Round 1, 1:36