UFC Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale Results: The First Ever UFC Women's Flyweight Champion Is Crowned

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Main Card (10pm EST., Fox Sports 1)

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Nicco Montano def. Roxanne Modafferi by unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46) to win the UFC Women’s Flyweight Title

Sean O’Malley def. Terrion Ware by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Lauren Murphy def. Barb Honchak by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Gerald Meerschaert def. Eric Spicely by KO via body kick (2:18, R2)

DeAnna Bennett fought Melinda Fabian to a majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)

Brett Johns def. Joe Soto by submission via calf slicer (0:30, R1)

Preliminary Card (8pm EST., Fox Sports 1)

Montana De La Rosa def. Christina Marks by submission via arm bar (2:00, R1)

Ryan Janes def. Andrew Sanchez by TKO via strikes (0:58, R3)

Rachael Ostovich def. Karine Gevorgyan by submission via arm bar (1:40, R1)

Shana Dobson def. Ariel Beck by TKO via strikes (2:53, R2)

Preliminary Card (7:30pm EST., UFC Fight Pass)

Gillian Robertson def. Emily Whitmire by submission via arm bar (2:12, R1)


Round By Round Recap

Gillian Robertson vs. Emily Whitmire

Round One: The round begins with a swinging Whitmire eating a counter right from Robertson, Whitmire lands a two punch combo after getting Robertson against the cage wall. Robertson scores a takedown on Whitmire and she gets back control, Whitmire spins at the right time to get top position on Robertson. Robertson catches Whitmire in an arm bar from out of nowhere for the submission.

Official Result: Gillian Robertson def. Emily Whitmire by submission via arm bar (2:12, R1)

Ariel Beck vs. Shana Dobson

Round One: The round begins with the fighters kicking away at each other, Beck nails Dobson with a kick to the midsection followed by a straight left. Dobson starts catching Beck with some leg kicks, Dobson then barely connects with a spinning head kick to Beck. Dobson then attacks Beck with a head kick, Beck recovers and cracks Dobson with a straight left to the face. Dobson continues coming forward and attempting head kicks against Beck, Dobson and Beck exchange more kicks to the midsection. Dobson backs up Beck by landing another head kick, Beck lands a left before holding Dobson against the cage wall. The fighters separate and Beck kicks away at Dobson as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Dobson

Round Two: The round begins with Beck coming forward and swinging away at Dobson, Dobson then hits Beck with a pair of rights. Dobson kicks away at Beck before landing a short right, Dobson attacks Beck with some more high kicks. Dobson starts attacking Beck with a plethora of leg kicks, Beck starts catching Dobson with some lefts. Dobson drops Beck with a trio of rights and the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Shana Dobson def. Ariel Beck by TKO via strikes (2:53, R2)

Karine Gevorgyan vs. Rachael Ostovich

Round One: The round begins with Ostovich attacking Gevorgyan with some leg kicks, Gevorgyan starts swinging away at Ostovich. Ostovich scores a takedown on Gevorgyan and she gets the open guard, Gevorgyan scrambles to her feet and she gets Ostovich against the cage wall. Ostovich drags Gevorgyan back to the ground while gaining back control, Ostovich rolls for an arm bar and a tap out follows.

Official Result: Rachael Ostovich def. Karine Gevorgyan by submission via arm bar (1:40, R1)

Ryan Janes vs. Andrew Sanchez

Round One: The round begins with Sanchez nailing Janes with a two punch combination, Sanchez also nails Janes with a front kick to the midsection. Sanchez scores a takedown on Janes and Janes gets right back up, Sanchez then cracks Janes with a three punch combination. Sanchez cracks a swinging Janes with a counter left hook, Sanchez drops Janes with a punching combination and he pounces on him with more strikes, Janes gets up and Sanchez drops him with a right. Janes gets up and Sanchez clobbers him with more strikes, Sanchez then cracks Janes with an overhand left followed by a right. Janes starts swinging back and connecting against Sanchez, Sanchez then nails Janes with a kick to the midsection. Janes backs up Sanchez with a multiple punch combination as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Sanchez

Round Two: The round begins with Sanchez instantly cracking Janes with a right, Sanchez eats a few strikes before nailing Janes with a spinning back fist. Janes attacks Sanchez with a knee strike as Sanchez gets him against the cage wall, Sanchez scores a takedown and Janes gets right back up. Janes gets Sanchez against the cage wall before Sanchez spins him back, Janes breaks free and swings away at Sanchez. Janes then cracks Sanchez with a left hook to the midsection, Janes keeps Sanchez at a distance by peppering him with jabs. Sanchez recovers and cracks Janes with a straight right, Janes continues coming forward and he swings away at Sanchez. Sanchez scores a takedown on Janes and Janes gets right back up, Sanchez occasionally catches Janes with a few rights. Sanchez eats a left hook before cracking Janes with a right, Janes swings away at Sanchez as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Janes (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)

Round Three: The round begins with Sanchez immediately nailing Janes with a right, Janes backs up Sanchez while throwing strikes. Janes drops Sanchez with a multiple punch combination and pounces on him with more strikes until the round ends.

Official Result: Ryan Janes def. Andrew Sanchez by TKO via strikes (0:58, R3)

Montana De La Rosa vs. Christina Marks

Round One: The round begins with Marks attacking De La Rosa with some leg kicks, Marks rocks De La Rosa with a hook and De La Rosa clinches with her. The fighters exchange knee strikes while in the clinch, the fighters separate and Marks scores a takedown on a kicking De La Rosa. De La Rosa catches Marks in an arm bar and a tap out follows.

Official Result: Montana De La Rosa def. Christina Marks by submission via arm bar (2:00, R1)

Joe Soto vs. Brett Johns

Round One: The round begins with Johns attacking Soto with a multiple punch combination, Soto goes for a takedown and Johns catches him in an calf slicer from out of nowhere to force a tap out.

Official Result: Brett Johns def. Joe Soto by submission via calf slicer (0:30, R1)

DeAnna Bennett vs. Melinda Fabian

Round One: The round begins with Bennett attacking Fabian with some leg kicks, Fabian swings away at Bennett before they clinch. Bennett grabs Fabian and she holds her against the cage wall, the fighters land a few strikes while in the clinch. The referee eventually separates the fighters for inactivity, the action resumes with Fabian nailing Bennett with a multiple strike combination. Bennett comes forward to crack Fabian with a left, Bennett grabs Fabian again and holds her against the cage wall. Bennett goes for a standing guillotine choke and Fabian escapes, Fabian drops Bennett with a head kick as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Fabian

Round Two: The round begins with Fabian nailing Bennett with an uppercut, Bennett grabs Fabian and she holds her against the cage wall. Bennett continuously hunts for the takedown against Fabian, Fabian grabs the fence multiple times and the referee takes a point from her. The action resumes with Bennett getting Fabian against the cage wall, the referee separates the fighters for inactivity. The action resumes with Bennett again getting Fabian against the cage wall, the referee again separates the fighters for inactivity. The action resumes with Bennett yet again getting Fabian against the cage wall, Fabian continuously pops Bennett with short range strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-8 for Bennett (Overall Score: 19-18 for Bennett)

Round Three: The round begins with the fighters taking some swings at each other, Bennett starts attacking Fabian with some leg kicks. Fabian nails an incoming Bennett with a short right, Fabian follows that up by catching a kicking Bennett with a counter right. Bennett grabs Fabian and she holds her against the cage wall, the referee separates the fighters for inactivity. The action resumes with Fabian nailing Bennett with a right, Bennett again gets Fabian against the cage wall. Fabian gets Bennett off of her while landing some knee strikes, Bennett then catches Fabian with a kick to the midsection. Fabian responds by nailing Bennett with an elbow strike followed by a right, Bennett scores a takedown on Fabian as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Fabian (Final Score: 28-28 for Draw)

Official Result: DeAnna Bennett fought Melinda Fabian to a majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)

Gerald Meerschaert vs. Eric Spicely

Round One: The round begins with Meerschaert popping Spicely with a few lefts, Spicely then cracks Meerschaert with a right. Meerschaert backs up Spicely after nailing him with a kick to the midsection, Meerschaert charges at Spicely while attacking him with a huge punching combination. Spicely scores a takedown on Meerschaert and he gets back control, Spicely starts attacking Meerschaert with some ground and pound. Spicely looks for an arm bar and Meerschaert scrambles at the right time to get top position as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Spicely

Round Two: The round begins with Spicely immediately hunting for takedowns against Meerschaert, Meerschaert starts popping Spicely with some lefts. Meerschaert backs Spicely into the cage wall while landing a bunch of lefts, Meerschaert then catches Spicely with a kick to the midsection. Spicely responds by catching Meerschaert with his own kick to the midsection, Meerschaert drops Spicely with another kick to the midsection and the referee steps in.

Official Result: Gerald Meerschaert def. Eric Spicely by KO via body kick (2:18, R2)

Barb Honchak vs. Lauren Murphy

Round One: The round begins with Honchak attacking Murphy with some leg kicks, Honchak eats a few strikes before nailing Murphy with a two punch combo. Murphy catches Honchak with a looping right to the chin, Honchak responds by popping Murphy with a few rights. Murphy cracks an incoming Honchak with a straight right, Honchak catches a swinging Murphy with a counter right. Murphy eats a few kicks before nailing Honchak with a right, Murphy charges forward and Honchak pops her with some rights. The fighters swing away at each other as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Murphy

Round Two: The round begins with the fighters exchanging blows until Murphy goes for a high kick, Honchak cracks a swinging Murphy with a counter right. Murphy comes forward to nail a swinging with a counter right of her own, Murphy then catches Honchak with a kick to the midsection. Honchak starts catching Murphy with a bunch of rights, Murphy hits Honchak with a straight right after avoiding a few blows. Murphy then nails a swinging Honchak with a straight right, Murphy scores a takedown on Honchak and Honchak gets right back up. Honchak scores a takedown on Murphy as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Honchak (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)

Round Three: The round begins with Honchak trying to keep Murphy at a distance by throwing some jabs, Honchak also starts nailing Murphy with some leg kicks. Murphy scores a takedown on Honchak and she gets the full guard, Murphy starts attacking Honchak with some ground and pound. Honchak goes for a triangle choke that transitions into an arm bar and Murphy escapes to get back control, Honchak tries swinging at Murphy as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Murphy (Final Score: 29-28 for Murphy)

Official Result: Lauren Murphy def. Barb Honchak by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Sean O’Malley vs. Terrion Ware

Round One: The round begins with Ware attacking O’Malley with some leg kicks, O’Malley nails Ware with a side kick to the midsection. O’Malley throws a few kicks before nailing Ware with a left, O’Malley attacks Ware with a spinning kick to the head that gets blocked. Ware backs O’Malley into the cage wall after landing a few rights, the fighters separate and Ware attempts a head kick against O’Malley. Ware backs up and chases O’Malley after landing a right, O’Malley backs up Ware by landing a left to the face. O’Malley cracks a swinging Ware with a counter left hook, O’Malley continues cracking Ware with lefts while avoiding his strikes. O’Malley cracks a swinging Ware with a counter right hook, Ware swings at O’Malley as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for O’Malley

Round Two: The round begins with O’Malley nailing Ware with a kick to the midsection, O’Malley and Ware start exchanging jabs. O’Malley backs up Ware after attacking him with a high kick, Ware charges at and swings away at O’Malley. Ware backs O’Malley into the cage wall while landing some punching combinations, Ware continues coming forward and swinging away at O’Malley. Ware nails O’Malley with a pair of rights followed by a knee strike, Ware scores a takedown on O’Malley and he gets the open guard. O’Malley scrambles to his feet before attacking Ware with a spinning back fist, O’Malley and Ware get into a wild striking exchange. O’Malley goes for a jumping triangle choke and Ware escapes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Ware (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)

Round Three: The round begins with Ware coming forward until O’Malley nails him with a spinning back kick, O’Malley also connects with some lefts against Ware. Ware starts attacking O’Malley with some leg kicks, O’Malley tries keeping Ware at bay by throwing jabs. Ware charges forward and he swings away at O’Malley, Ware continues coming forward as O’Malley picks him apart. O’Malley catches a swinging Ware with a counter strike combination, Ware tries attacking O’Malley with some knee strikes. Ware grabs a swinging O’Malley and he gets him against the cage wall, O’Malley scores a takedown and he kicks Ware in the midsection as he gets up. O’Malley scores another takedown on Ware and he gets the half guard, Ware scrambles to his feet and he holds O’Malley against the cage wall. O’Malley scores another takedown on Ware as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for O’Malley (Final Score: 29-28 for O’Malley)

Official Result: Sean O’Malley def. Terrion Ware by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

UFC Women’s Flyweight Title Decision Fight: Nicco Montano vs. Roxanne Modafferi

Round One: The round begins with the fighters taking a few swings at each other, Modafferi pops Montano with a multiple punch combination. Montano briefly puts Modafferi against the cage wall, Modafferi nails Montano with a kick to the midsection. Montano starts catching Modafferi with some leg kicks, Modafferi starts attacking Montano with some kicks of her own. Modafferi grabs Montano and she holds her against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Montano attempts a head kick against Modafferi. Montano scores a takedown on Modafferi and she gets the full guard, Montano starts attacking Modafferi with some ground and pound. Montano postures up and Modafferi scrambles to her feet, Modafferi scores a takedown on Montano and she gets side control. Modafferi attacks Montano with a few strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Modafferi

Round Two: The round begins with Modafferi coming forward and swinging away at Montano, Modafferi rocks a kicking Montano with a counter right. Modafferi chases Montano around the cage while throwing a plethora of punches, Montano backs up Modafferi with a high kick attempt. Montano continues to just swing away against Modafferi, Montano attacks Modafferi with some leg kicks as well. Montano then catches Modafferi with a three punch combination, Montano cracks a swinging Modafferi with a counter left. Montano follows that up by nailing Modafferi with a kick to the midsection, Modafferi scores a takedown on Montano and Montano catches her in a triangle choke from out of nowhere as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Montano (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)

Round Three: The round begins with the fighters just swinging away at each other, Montano continues catching Modafferi with lefts. Montano looks for a takedown and Modafferi creates space to get free, Modafferi attempts a high kick against Montano. Modafferi comes forward to nail Montano with a multiple punch combination, Montano pops an incoming Modafferi with a few rights. Modafferi nails a swinging Montano with a counter right followed by a body kick, Montano stuns a swinging Modafferi with a counter left hook. Modafferi dances around Montano while throwing combinations, the fighters have a wild striking exchange as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Modafferi (Overall Score: 29-28 for Modafferi)

Round Four: The round begins with Montano attacking Modafferi with some leg kicks, Montano comes forward and swings away at Modafferi. Modafferi comes forward and she swings away at Montano, Modafferi then pops Montano with a superman punch. Montano grabs Modafferi and she holds her against the cage wall, Montano scores a takedown on Modafferi and Modafferi gets right back up. Modafferi then cracks a swinging Montano with a straight right, Montano backs up Modafferi with a three punch combination. Modafferi grabs Montano and she gets her against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Modafferi catches Montano with some rights. Montano scores a takedown on Modafferi and she gets the half guard, Montano nails Modafferi with some ground and pound as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Montano (Overall Score: 38-38 for Draw)

Round Five: The round begins with Montano attacking Modafferi with some leg kicks, Modafferi starts catching Montano with some rights. Modafferi then nails Montano with a kick to the midsection, Montano scores a takedown on Modafferi and she gets the half guard. Montano attacks Modafferi with some ground and pound, Montano gets up and she allows Modafferi to stand up. Montano scores a takedown on Modafferi and she gets the half guard, Montano transitions to the side control position against Modafferi. Montano gets full mount and Modafferi quickly scrambles to her feet, Modafferi rocks Montano with a kick to the midsection followed by a series of punches. Modafferi pulls guard to get the fight to the ground again, Modafferi rolls for the arm bar and Montano escapes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Montano (Final Score: 48-47 for Montano)

Official Result: Nicco Montano def. Roxanne Modafferi by unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46) to win the UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion

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