On Friday, Nov. 30, the UFC hosted The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale from the Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas.
In the night’s main event, former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos clashed with wrestling stalwart Kamaru Usman in a welterweight match-up. The Brazilian dos Anjos aimed to bounce back from an interim title defeat to Colby Covington at UFC 225. Prior to that, he had reeled off three straight wins after moving up to 170 pounds. Usman, meanwhile, has yet to taste defeat in the Octagon. “The Nigerian Nightmare” had won eight straight under the UFC banner, most recently defeating former title challenger Demian Maia in May.
Also on the card, the promotion crowned the winners of the 28th season of its flagship reality series, The Ultimate Fighter. The season featured fighters competing in the women’s featherweight and men’s heavyweight divisions.
The 13-fight event kicked off Friday with a live preliminary-card steam live on UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. ET. Four additional preliminary-card bouts followed on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, with the six-fight main card airing live at 10 p.m. ET, also on Fox Sports 1.
Kamaru Usman def. Rafael dos Anjos by unanimous decision (50-43, 49-45, 48-47)
Juan Espino def. Justin Frazier by submission (straight armlock). Round 1, 3:36 – TUF 28 heavyweight final
Macy Chiasson def. Pannie Kianzad by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 2:11 – TUF 28 women’s featherweight final
Pedro Munhoz def. Bryan Caraway by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 2:39
Edmen Shahbazyan def. Darren Stewart by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Antonina Shevchenko def. Ji Yeon Kim by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Kevin Aguilar def. Rick Glenn by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Joseph Benavidez def. Alex Perez by TKO (punches). Round 1, 4:19
Maurice Greene def. Michel Batista by submission (triangle choke). Round 1, 2:14
Leah Letson def. Julija Stoliarenko by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Roosevelt Roberts def. Darrell Horcher by submission (standing guillotine choke). Round 1, 4:50
Tim Means def. Ricky Rainey by TKO (punches). Round 1, 1:18
Raoni Barcelos def. Chris Gutierrez by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 4:12
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