Welcome to F4WOnline.com’s live coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale: Johnson vs. Gaethje, emanating from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The first fight card of International Fight Week in Las Vegas sees an explosive lightweight five-round main event as Michael Johnson takes on Justin Gaethje, who will be making his UFC debut.
While Johnson has been hanging on to his top-five status, he has struggled recently in the Octagon, losing three of his last four fights. Meanwhile, Gaethje enters the UFC undefeated in his career, with 17 wins, and he is one of the most explosive and exciting fighters at 155 pounds, with 14 wins by knockout.
The co-main event is the finals of this season of The Ultimate Fighter, which featured a “Redemption” theme with former TUF competitors. The finals pits Dhiego Lima, marking the second time he has been a TUF finalist, against Jesse Taylor, who had a prolific turn of events on season seven of TUF, with the winner receiving a $250,000 prize.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET with preliminary action all the way through the main card.
BREAKING: A scheduled women’s bantamweight bout between Jessica Eye and Aspen Ladd was pulled from the event about an hour before the event was scheduled to start. Ladd was forced to the hospital due to an illness, and was subsequently pulled from the bout. It is unclear if the bout will be rescheduled for a later date. The event will now begin at 6:30 p.m. eastern time.
UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS | 6:30 PM ET/3:30 PM PT
> Gray Maynard (12-6-1 1 NC, 10-6-1 1 NC UFC) vs. Teruto Ishihara (9-3-2, 2-1-1 UFC)
Maynard got a quick takedown and pushed Ishihara against the fence. Ishihara briefly got to his feet before Maynard got him down again. Maynard held him down for a bit before Ishihara got up. Ishihara flew a flying knee but Maynard countered into another takedown. Maynard held him down for a bit before they got back to their feet. Ishihara landed a nice body kick. Maynard got another takedown with 30 seconds to go in the round and landed some late punches. 10-9 Maynard.
Maynard got another early takedown and was working to take the back. He moved to the back but it allowed Ishihara to get up but Maynard took him right back down. Maynard was landing punches and holding Ishihara on the mat with relative ease. Ishihara got to his feet and landed a knee but Maynard took him right back down. Maynard score one more takedown at the end of the round. 10-9 Maynard, 20-18 Maynard.
Maynard got yet another takedown right at the start of the round. Ishihara needs to get up and get a finish here. Maynard grabbed an arm and was working for a kimura but let go. Ishihara landed an upkick. Maynard got a guillotine choke locked in but Ishihara was next to the fence which helped him escape. Ishihara landed an illegal upkick and we had a timeout. Back to action and Maynard held Ishihara down for a bit, Ishihara got up but was taken back down. Story of the fight. Dominant showing by Maynard. There may be some 10-8 scores in there. 10-9 Maynard, 30-27 Maynard.
Official Result- Gray Maynard def. Teruto Ishihara by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
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> Tecia Torres (#5, 8-1, 4-1 UFC) vs. Juliana Lima (9-3, 3-2 UFC)
Lima caught a kick and got an early takedown. Torres got to her feet and grabbed the neck of Lima and almost got a takedown. They were battling for underhooks against the fence. Torres almost got a takedown but Lima grabbed the fence to stop it and got a warning for it. They are broken up by the referee for no action and Torres landed some strikes before clinching and getting a brief takedown. Torres worked for the takedown but ran out of time. Uneventful round. 10-9 Torres.
Torres landed some punches and then got to the back of Lima in a scramble and had a rear-naked choke locked in. Lima tapped out! Submission win for Torres and it is her first career stoppage win. She is also the first to ever defeat Lima by stoppage. Torres called for a fight with Michelle Waterson in her post-fight interview.
Official Result- Tecia Torres def. Juliana Lima by submission (rear-naked choke) at :53 of Round 2
> Ed Herman (23-12 1 NC, 10-8 1 NC UFC) vs. CB Dollaway (15-8, 9-8 UFC)
Herman landed a big right hand to start off that rocked Dollaway. Dollaway recovered and scored a takedown. Dollaway got into the full guard and was landing some punches and elbows. Herman got up for a moment but Dollaway took him right back down. Herman got to his feet. Dollaway got another takedown and was landing punches from the back. Dollaway looked for a kimura but Herman got out. Dollaway landed from the top at the end. 10-9 Dollaway.
Herman dropped Dollaway with a right hand but Dollaway was able to get back up. They both landed big right hands. Herman knocked Dollaway again with a right hand. Herman went to the mat and Dollaway almost had a heel hook locked in but Herman was able to scramble out to the top. Herman was landing punches and elbows from the top. Dollaway scrambled to the top but didn’t have time to do much. 10-9 Herman, 19-19.
Dollaway landed a slow but big right hand and then got a takedown. Kimura attempt from Herman on the bottom but Dollaway escaped and then started going for a kimura himself. Dollaway let go and went into the guard and was landing punches. Dollaway started to land elbows and was in control from the top. They scrambled and Herman was going for a kneebar but it didn’t work and Dollaway landed punches to end the fight. 10-9 Dollaway, 29-28 Dollaway.
Official Result- CB Dollway def. Ed Herman by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
> James Krause (23-7, 4-3 UFC) vs. Tom Gallicchio (19-9, 0-0 UFC)
Krause landed a front kick and Gallicchio grabbed it and took Krause to the mat. Krause got up but gave up his back and Gallicchio looked for the choke. They got to their feet and separated. Krause landed a head kick. Krause landed a couple of punches. Krause is landing at will as Gallicchio has shown no head movement. Krause defended a takedown attempt. Krause landed another head kick. Krause landed two more right hands at the end. 10-9 Krause.
Krause landed another right hand. Gallicchio landed a right hand and was starting to use head movement. They were trading and Krause landed the better punches. Both landed left hooks. Krause with some right hands. Gallicchio is throwing but missing. Krause landed a left hand late. Not much to the round. 10-9 Krause, 20-18 Krause.
Gallicchio was throwing but missing. Krause was landing everytime Gallicchio was coming in. Gallicchio landed a leg kick. Krause keeping him at distance with the jab. They were trading. Krause stuffed a takedown attempt from Gallicchio. Gallicchio did land a right hand. Krause landed a head kick that rocked Gallicchio. Gallicchio went for a takedown but it was stuffed and Krause was landing punches. Krause with a big knee at the end. 10-9 Krause, 30-27 Krause.
Official Result- James Krause def. Tom Gallicchio by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Angela Hill (6-3, 1-3 UFC) vs. Ashley Yoder (5-2, 0-1 UFC)
Yoder landed a high kick. Hill lands a right hand and Yoder gets a takedown. Hill got to her feet and they were clinched against the fence. Hill landed a kick. Hill with a right hand but Yoder came back with a body kick. Hill lands a couple of leg kicks. Hill landed a couple of nice combinations. Hill lands some more and then lands a head kick. Hill landed more at the end. 10-9 Hill.
Yoder got a takedown right at the start of the round and was landing some from the top. Yoder remained on top as Hill was having trouble getting from the bottom. Yoder stood up and Hill got up quickly. Yoder jumped right on the back but Hill was able to wiggle into the guard of Yoder. They got back to their feet. Yoder landed a left hand but Hill landed a head kick. Hill with a right hand. Close round. 10-9 Yoder, 19-19.
Hill landed a big right hand and Yoder scored a takedown. Hill was able to scramble to the back of Yoder but spun back. Yoder got another takedown. They got back to their feet. Hill got a takedown and was working in the guard of Yoder. They got to their feet. Hill with some leg kicks and lands some solid punches at the end. 10-9 Hill, 29-28 Hill.
Official Result- Angela Hill def. Ashley Yoder by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
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> Jordan Johnson (7-0, 1-0 UFC) vs. Marcel Fortuna (9-1, 1-0 UFC)
Johnson with a quick takedown and he lands some big right hands before Fortuna gets back to his feet. Not much was happening until Johnson grabbed the body lock. Johnson picked Fortuna up to slam him but Fortuna grabbed the top of the fence to block the takedown. That really should be a point deduction. Fortuna landed a solid uppercut. They traded at the end. 10-9 Johnson.
They came out trading and Fortuna landed a big right hand that stunned Johnson, but he recovered. Fortuna landed a couple of left hooks that stunned Johnson. Johnson faked a takedown and landed a right hand. Fortuna with a head kick and then an uppercut. Fortuna with a leg kick. Johnson went for a takedown but there was another fence grab by Fortuna. Johnson got it anyways but Fortuna got back up and landed some punches at the end. 10-9 Fortuna, 19-19.
They came out throwing. Fortuna looked to have more power in his punches. They were both throwing sloppy punches and missing on takedowns. Neither man has been busy this round but Johnson has been working more this round and controlling the Octagon. Fortuna with a couple of body kicks late. Johnson landed a right hand to the body. 10-9 Johnson, 29-28 Johnson.
Official Result- Jordan Johnson def. Marcel Fortuna by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Brad Tavares (14-4, 9-4 UFC) vs. Elias Theodorou (13-1, 5-1 UFC)
They went to the mat early and Tavares took the back but they scrambled back to their feet. Theodorou with a front kick and then a leg kick. They clinched and Theodorou landed some body punches. Tavares landed a right hand. Tavares with a combo and a head kick. Theodorou with a high kick. Tavares lands a nice right hand at the end. Close round. 10-9 Tavares.
Theodorou quickly clinched up and Tavares reversed and scored a quick takedown. Theodorou landed a knee in the clinch and just barely landed an uppercut. They traded right hands in the clinch and Tavares had more power behind his. They clinched and Theodorou landed some knees but Tavares landed a combo on the break. Tavares landed a knee in close as Theodorou shot for a takedown. Tavares with a head kick. Close round. 10-9 Theodorou, 19-19.
Theodorou got a big takedown in the first thirty seconds of the round. Tavares was able to hit a switch and get to his feet but Theodorou had Tavares pressed against the fence. Theodorou got another brief takedown but they got up and Tavares took the body lock. They were both working to get each other on the mat. Tavares got the back and was looking for the choke. Tavares got top but Theodorou switched and then Tavares switched back to the top before they scrambled to their feet. Tavares with a head kick. Close fight, good fight. 10-9 Tavares, 29-28 Tavares.
Official Result- Brad Tavares def. Elias Theodorou by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Jared Cannonier (9-2, 2-2 UFC) vs. Nick Roehrick (7-0, 0-0 UFC)
Roehrick took this fight on three days’ notice. He came out throwing hands as Cannonier was coming forward. Cannonier landed a right hand. Roehrick landed a right hand. Cannonier landed some big punches that Roehrick ate. Cannonier with a huge head kick. Cannonier landed a combo against the fence but Roehrick landed a right hand of his own in return. Cannonier landed a right hand and an uppercut. Roehrick looked for a takedown but couldn’t get it. 10-9 Cannonier.
They were still trading with both men landing some solid punches. Cannonier landed a big right hand and then took Roehrick down and was landing some big punches. Cannonier was close to finishing it but Roehrick got up and scrambled away after eating more big punches. Roehrick landed some nice right hands but was bleeding pretty good. Cannonier with a body kick late. 10-9 Cannonier, 20-18 Cannonier.
Cannonier looks to have slowed at the start of the third. Roehrick was landing the jab and landing more of his punches early on. Cannonier landed a left hook. Cannonier landed a body kick and then a left hand and a knee and Cannonier took the fight to the mat and was landing massive elbows and the fight was stopped by John McCarthy. A big beatdown by Jared Cannonier. Roehrick looked tough but that was a beating he took.
Official Result- Jared Cannonier def. Nick Roehrick by TKO (elbows) at 2:08 of Round 3
> Marc Diakiese (12-0, 3-0 UFC) vs. Drakkar Klose (7-0-1, 1-0 UFC)
Klose starts off with some leg kicks. Klose ducked under a punch and got a takedown against the fence. Klose with some foot stomps against the fence. Diakiese got a takedown. They got up and Diakiese with another takedown but they got back to their feet. Diakiese with a slam but they scrambled back to their feet. Diakiese was landing some punches and then Klose dropped Diakiese with a leg kick and Klose started pounding away from the top. Diakiese went for a heel hook but ended up scrambling to the guard. Fun round. 10-9 Klose.
Diakiese was looking to land a big punch and landed some but they clinched for a bit before breaking. Klose with a leg kick and then another. Diakiese went for a spin kick but Klose was able to turn it into a takedown but they got back up. They clinched and Diakiese landed a low knee and we have a timeout. They clinched and Klose landed a body kick on the break. Diakiese with a knee. Diakiese slipped on a spin kick and Klose took advantage and stayed busy. Klose dropped Diakiese with another leg kick and Klose ended the round on top. 10-9 Klose, 20-18 Klose.
Diakiese with a jumping switch kick that landed right in the jaw. Diakiese with a body kick. Klose fires back a combo. Klose gets a takedown but Diakiese is able to reverse and they get up. Klose with some back elbows as Diakiese has his back. Diakiese working for a takedown and lands a high kick on the break. Diakiese with a spinning kick to the body. Klose with a leg kick and he goes for a takedown but Diakiese grabs the neck and goes for a guillotine. Klose landed a right hand late. 10-9 Diakiese, 29-28 Klose.
Official Result- Drakkar Klose def. Marc Diakiese by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
> Dhiego Lima (12-5, 1-3 UFC) vs. Jesse Taylor (30-15, 0-1 UFC)
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Taylor got a takedown right away and took the back as Lima was scrambling to his feet. Taylor got another takedown even though Lima tried to grab the fence. Taylor is in the full guard. Taylor with more punches from the top and then moves to the back and was looking for the choke but Lima had some good defense and escaped. Taylor looking for the back again and has it and is under the chin but Lima rotated out of it. Taylor with elbows and still working for the choke. Taylor with more punches from the top and he nearly finished it at the end. Complete domination by Taylor. 10-8 Taylor.
Lima dropped Taylor with a counter left hook at the start but Taylor was quick to reverse to the back. Taylor had the hooks locked in and had the rear-naked choke locked in and Lima tapped. What a comeback and redemption for Jesse Taylor after all of these years.
Official Result- Jesse Taylor def. Dhiego Lima by submission (rear-naked choke) at :43 of Round 2
> Michael Johnson (#5, 17-11, 9-7 UFC) vs. Justin Gaethje (17-0, 0-0 UFC)
Johnson rocked Gaethje quick with a left hand. Gaethje looked recovered. Gaethje then landed a big right hand followed by a knee. They are brawling early. Gaethje landing some leg kicks. He has Johnson’s back against the fence as Johnson circles around. Johnson lands a left hand. Gaethje with more leg kicks. Gaethje landing more punches now but Johnson is landing as well. Gaethje lands a big right hand. They are throwing punch after punch and knee after knee. Johnson rocked Gaethje big time with a right hand and got a takedown. Johnson is firing away and close to a finish but Gaethje makes it to the end of the round. Fantastic round. 10-9 Johnson.
They are firing back-and-forth once again. Gaethje landing the leg kicks and Johnson isn’t doing anything to check them. Johnson rocks Gaethje with a right hand and he’s in a lot of trouble again. Gaethje with some elbows and a knee and he might be recovered. Johnson with a combo to the body. Both men looking tired already. Gaethje with a right hand. Both men landing punches. Gaethje rocks Johnson with an uppercut and now he is looking for a finish as Johnson is stumbling around. Big elbows from Gaethje and Johnson crashes to the mat and John McCarthy tells Johnson to get up. Gaethje with a leg kick and he’s having trouble staying on his feet. Gaethje with a flying knee and he finishes Johnson! What an incredible fight! Gaethje from the brink of defeat to finish Johnson.
Official Result- Justin Gaethje def. Michael Johnson by TKO (strikes) at 4:48 of Round 2