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UFC TUF 28 Finale live results: Rafael dos Anjos vs. Kamaru Usman

Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale: Dos Anjos vs. Usman, emanating from the Pearl Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The event is the first of back-to-back UFC event nights, with Friday's event taking place in Las Vegas and Saturday's event taking place in Adelaide, Australia.

This event will be headlined by a pivotal bout in the welterweight division, as former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos looks to become the first man in the UFC to defeat his opponent, Kamaru Usman, who is a perfect 8-0 in the UFC and winner of twelve straight overall.

Dos Anjos came up short in his quest to get welterweight gold around his waist, as he dropped a decision to Colby Covington for the Interim UFC Welterweight Championship in June. Usman is coming in off of his highest-profile win to date, a decision win over Demian Maia in May.

Also on the main card is the two finals of this season of The Ultimate Fighter. Juan Espino will take on Justin Frazier in the heavyweight finale, while Pannie Kianzad battles Macy Chiasson in the women's featherweight finale. In addition to those, a bantamweight bout between Pedro Munhoz and Bryan Caraway is on the main card, and former flyweight title challenger Joseph Benavidez is among those on the preliminary card.

Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.


> Raoni Barcelos (12-1, 1-0 UFC) vs. Chris Gutierrez (12-2-1, 0-0 UFC)

Very slow start with Barcelos just chasing Gutierrez around for the first half of the round with Gutierrez throwing light leg kicks occasionally. Barcelos managed to land a couple of punch combos and then got a takedown. He did a little ground and pound and advanced to side control. He tried to move into mount but Gutierrez worked him back to guard so he stood up and they ended the round on the feet. 10-9 Barcelos 

Barcelos got a takedown quickly and immediately started landing heavy elbows and punches to the head. Gutierrez landed one great shot from the bottom, an elbow, that opened up a cut on Barcelos' forehead that was bleeding badly. Barcelos turned it on at that point and was just relentelss. At one point, the ground srikes were 31-3 for Barcelos and he landed at least another 15 after that. Eventually he secured a rear naked choke after taking the back and Gutierrez tapped quickly.

Official result - Raoni Barcelos (13-1) by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:12 of the 2nd round

> Tim Means (27-10-1 1 NC, 9-7 1 NC UFC) vs. Ricky Rainey (13-5, 0-1 UFC)

Means throwing hard punches to start. Rainey pokes him in the eye 30 seconds in. On the restart, Means takes Rainey down but Rainey grabs the cage for his second foul in less than a minute. Rainey up quickly but Rainey takes him down quickly and pounds him out with punches and the ref stops it quickly. 

Official result - Tim Means (28-10-1) by TKO (punches) at 1:18

Means called out Diego Sanchez afterward which is a name everyone from 145 to 170 should be wanting a fight with in 2019. 

> Roosevelt Roberts (6-0, 0-0 UFC) vs. Darrell Horcher (13-3, 1-2 UFC)

Roberts was very composed through the first round, throwing hard shots but taking hs time and picking his spots. Horcher was throwing flurries of punches, but not landing much and then eating single hard shots from Roberts. Horcher clinched up on the cage and Roberts was eating foot stomps and then grabbed Horcher's neck in a guillotine. He actually had him parallel to the floor against the cage as he was fighting it before tapping. 

Official result - Roosevelt Roberts (7-0) by submission (guillotine choke)

That was Roberts' 7th straight first round stoppage win in his UFC debut. He called out Mike Trizano, who won the last season of TUF and just picked up another win in his 2nd UFC fight so it's an interesting name. Good that he had a name ready. 


> Julija Stoliarenko (4-2-1, 0-0 UFC) vs. Leah Letson (4-1, 0-0 UFC)
Women's Featherweights

Both women were throwing hard shots early. Leah was pushing the pace and it looked like she was outlanding Julija by about a 3-1 margin. Leah had a punch of nice punch combos and mixed in occasional kicks. At one point they had a cage clinch battle with Leah in control but no damage done. 10-9 Letson

Not much happened in round 2. Leah was leading the action the whole time. Julija tried a few takedowns but was stuffed every time. At one time she ended up on her back but Leah let her up. They didnt' show a strike count but I'm not sure either woman landed five strikes in the round. It was real close anyway. 10-9 Letson, 20-18

Both ladies were throwing punches early. Julija attempted a takedown but was stuffed and ended up on her back. As she was getting up, she grabbed a guillotine that looked tight. Leah fought it off and ended up in top control but did nothing with the position. Julija was landing punches from the bottom and opened a cut. The ref stood them up in the last minute and Leah was more aggressive but neither landed many shots standing. 10-9 Stoliarenko, 29-28 Letson overall

Official result - Leah Letson (5-1) by split decision (29-28 x 2; 28-29)

> Maurice Greene (5-2, 0-0 UFC) vs. Michel Batista (4-0, 0-0 UFC)

Greene pushing the pace early and landing occasional kicks and punches. Batista works for a takedown and finally gets it. Greene throws up a triangle and Batista has no idea how to get out of it. Once Greene synched it in, Batista tapped relatively quickly.

Official result - Maurce Greene (6-2) by submission (triangle choke) at 2:14

> Joseph Benavidez (#3, 25-5, 12-3 UFC) vs. Alex Perez (#12, 21-4, 3-0 UFC)

This was weird. Fight started off with Perez pushing the pace but Benavidez landing hard counter punches and keeping him at bay. Perez went for a takedown but Benavidez stuffed it and started landing a ton of punches. Perez cowered and ref Yves Lavigne moved in and put his hands on Benavidez and it looked like he was stopping it but he didn/t. Perez immediately got up and went for Benavidez' leg. He eventually got to his feet and tried another takedown. At that point, Benavidez basically did the exact same thing and the ref stopped it fairly quickly. Marc Rattner came on the broadcast and basically said that it looked like a ref stoppage the first time and he wasn't sure what was going on. 

Official result - Joseph Benavidez (26-5) by TKO (punches) at 4:19

Benavidez holds a win over current flyweight champion Henry Cejudo. He laughed about Yves Lavigne and said he was just trying to do his job and he was happy he got two stoppages in one night. He now has 11 wins at flyweight, second only to former champion Demetrious Johnson. He pleaded with UFC to not drop the division and called out the winner of Cejudo/Dillashaw. 

> Rick Glenn (21-5-1, 3-2 UFC) vs. Kevin Aguilar (15-1, 0-0 UFC)
Featherweights* (Glenn missed weight by 2.5 pounds)

Glenn started out strong, landing punches and kicks from distance and controlling the pace. He rocked Aguilar at one point and he almost went down. Aguilar was bleeding from the nose from about the 2 minute mark. Then Aguilar came on, landing all kinds of combos and rocked Glenn a couple of times. Glenn was cut and had swelling under his right eye as well as a cut over his left eye and he was in trouble at times. Aguilar started focusing on body punches at the end of the round and defended a couple of takedown attempts. 10-9 Aguilar

Means pushed the pace the whole way but was far less agressive with his striking. Aguilar wasn't targeting the body as much but was still outstriking Glenn by over a 2 to 1 margin. Glenn had several takedown attempts that were easily blocked by Aguilar. Easy 10-9 Aguilar and 20-18 overall

Great round. Glenn was more aggressive, knowing he needed a finish. He was throwing a lot of kicks, both high and low. Aguilar continued to target the body and then landed a nice punch combo that staggered Glenn. He went down and Aguilar was all over him with punches and the ref almost stopped it. Glenn weathered it and eventually got to his feet and then he rocked Aguilar with a hard elbow to the head and got a takedown right before the round ended. Great fight. 10-9 Aguilar, 30-27 overall 

Official result - Kevin Aguilar (16-1) by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)


> Ji Yeon Kim (8-1-2, 2-1 UFC) vs. Antonia Shevchenko (6-0, 0-0 UFC)
Women's Featherweights* (Kim missed weight by 4.5 pounds)

Slow start with both ladies keeping their distance. Kim slightly pushing the pace but most of the action was in the centre. Kim landed a few more punches but nothing of significance until she kind of stunned Shevchenko with a few shots. Shevchenko landed a couple of nice kicks. They had a long clinch battle where nothing happened. Shevchenko had a late takedown with kind of a bulldog choke and held her down the rest of the round. 10-9 Shevchenko 

This round was fairly boring with Shevchenko clearly dominating but that's not the story. Every time, and I mean every time, she landed anything, her sister Valentina at ringside would shout HEY to the point it was comical and the fans were starting to sing along. It was starting to get really annoying but rotated between that and amusing. Anyhow, Shevchenko greatly outstruck Kimi in a round that was entirely on the reet and easily took the round. 10-9 Shevchenko, 20-18 overall

Shevchenko got an early takedown and held Kim down for a couple of minutes. She did just enough to avoid a standup but didn't even try to advance. She stood up on her own and when Kim followed her, Shevchenko landed a hard knee to the chin that was illegal. The ref warned her but didn't dock a point. Rest of the round saw them battle for control of clinches and Shevchenko outlanded her when they weren't clinched. She had a 66-25 advantage in significant strikes landed and should easily take the round and the fight. 10-9 Shevchenko, 30-27 overall

Officialt result - Antonino Shevchenko (7-0) by unanimous decision on scores of 30-27, 30-27 and 30-27

> Darren Stewart (9-3 1 NC, 2-3 1 NC UFC) vs. Edmen Shahbazyan (7-0, 0-0 UFC)

Edmen got an early takedown. Stewart was up quickly but Edmen controlled his body for several minutes. He wasn't doing much damage but just kept controlling Stewart to where he couldn't do anything. They separated a couple of times but Edmen kept going back to it. He did manage to land a few elbows from the clinch that hurt Stewart. When they finally separated, Stewart did manage to hurt Edmen with knees and he was reeling a bit in the last 30 seconds but Edmen did enough in the rest of the round to take it. 10-9 Shahbazyan

Similar to the first round. Edmen got an early takedown and basically controlled Stewart's body the rest of the round. The ref was constantly warning Edmen to improve position, sometimes within 10 seconds of the last warning but he never broke them up. Edmen did lands some knees from the clinch but nothing that really hurt Stewart. Stewart did almost nothing and looked really frustrated at the end of the round. 10-9 Shahbazyan, 20-18 overall

Edmen got a takedown 1 minute in. Stewart was up fairly quickly. While they were clinching, Stewart rocked him with an elbow and followed up with punches. Edmen was clearly rocked but got another takedown. He stayed on top for awhile and the ref was warning him to advance and finally broke them up with 2 minutes left. Edmen went for another takedown but Stewart ended up on top, landing hard puncches and elbows. Edmen cowered, giving up his back. Ref looked close to stopping it but Edmen got to his feet and managed another takedown. Stewart was right up but Edmen took him down again. Stewart got up at the buzzer. 10-9 Stewart, 29-28 Shahbazyan overall

Official result - Edmen Shahbazyan (8-0) by split decision (29-28 x 2; 28-29)

> Pedro Munhoz (#9, 16-3 1 NC, 6-3 1 NC) vs. Bryan Caraway (#14, 21-8, 6-3 UFC)

Both guys came out with an incredible pace. Caraway was throwing all kind of punches and had several takedown attempts in the first couple of minutes. Munhoz starting out throwing hard leg kicks and then mixed in punch combos as well. This was just wild and there was no way it was going to be able to keep going and then it didn't. Munhoz rocked Caraway with a knee to the head. He then hurt him with a kick to the body and as he was going down, he nailed him with punches to the head. It briefly looked like Caraway was cowering as if to stop fighting and the ref stopped it. Caraway was immediatley up and protesting. I will just say that in the previous fight, Shahbazyan cowered at least twice and for much longer than Caraway did here. 

Offiicial result - Pedro Munhoz (17-3) by TKO (punches) at 2:39

> Pannie Kianzad (10-3, 0-0 UFC) vs. Macy Chiasson (2-0, 0-0 UFC)
TUF 28 Women's Featherweight Finals

Both women tried for takedowns early but were stuffed. Chiasson ended up in control of a cage clinch and they spent most of the round there. Neither lady did much in that position but the ref never once threatened them to work or improve position. They finally separated on their own with about 90 seconds left. Kianzad was stuffed on a takedown attempt and Chiasson ended up on top. She quickly took the back and was working for a rear naked choke. She secured it with seconds left but the buzzer saved Kianzad. 10-9 Chiasson

They were late coming back from commercial but when they did it was 30 seconds into the round and Kianzad was on her back eating punches. Chiasson went into her guard and Kianzad secured an armbar. It looked tight but Chiasson managed to escape and quickly took the back. She secured a body lock and then quickly got on a rear naked choke and Kianzad tapped quickly. 

Official result - Macy Chiasson (3-0) by submission (rear naked choke)  at 2:11 of the 2nd round - The Ultimate Fighter Season 28 women's featherweight champion

These two were friends going into the fight and embraced afterward but Pannie looked really upset. 

> Juan Espino (8-1, 0-0 UFC) vs. Justin Frazier (10-2, 0-0 UFC)
TUF 28 Heavyweight Finals

Espino took Frazier down immediately. He quickly took the back and was working for a rear naked choke. Frazier was taking a lot of punches but was still defending himself. Espino kept him down for a long time and at one point the ref had to tell him to fight back as he was eating a lot of shots. Right after that, he just simply got up from a dominant position. He did land a few shots on the feet but Espino took him down again and this time moved right into side control. He secured a straight arm lock and got a quick tap. 

Official result - Juan Espino (9-1) by submission (straight arm lock) at 3:36 - The Ultimate Fighter Season 28 heavyweight champion 

> Rafael Dos Anjos (#3, 28-10, 17-8 UFC) vs. Kamaru Usman (#5, 13-1, 8-0 UFC)

Usman got an early takedown. He did a little bit of damage on the ground before Dos Anjos worked his way back to the feet. Standup was fairly even with both guys landing decent shots. There was a lot of clinch work from Usman and by the end of the round, Dos Anjos was getting some shots in from the clinch. Usman got a late takedown and landed some hard elbows to the head. He stood up and Dos Anjos landed an upkick and when Usman went back into guard, he was landing elbows to the head as the round ended. 10-9 Usman

Usman went right to the cage clinch early and was eventually able to get a takedown. Usman didn't do much on top. Dos Anjos was throwing strikes from the bottom but most of them weren't landing. Dos Anjos eventually got up and they went right back to the clinch. Usman took him down again. This time, Dos Anjos was able to secure a Kimura from the bottom but Usman quickly escaped and went to his feet. Dos Anjos followed. They both landed some good stuff standing in the last minute. 10-9 Usman, 20-18

Usman goes right to the cage clinch and lands some nice punches to the body and head. After separating, they have a nice punch exchange but right back to the cage clinch and Usman gets a quick takedown. Rest of the round was Dos Anjos working his way up and Usman eventually taking him down. They ended the round on the feet with Usman landing a couple of nice combos in the last minute and Dos Anjos starting to go to leg kicks. 10-9 Usman, 30-27

They traded in the center for longer to start the round but as soon as Usman was able to take Dos Anjos down just over a minute in, he kept him down for the rest of the round. Usman kept trying to take the back and was landing a lot of punches and elbows to the body and head. Dos Anjos was bleeding pretty heavily and not offering up much in the way of defence and was too tired to get up. He was never close to being finished but it was total dominance from Usman. 10-8 Usman, 40-35

Not quite as dominant as the previous round but still pretty one sided fifth round for Usman. He got an early takedown again and did a lot of ground and pound but Dos Anjos got up fairly quickly. Usman was landing all kind of punch combos on the feet. He landed 189 total strikes in the fight and had 11 takedowns as well. Usman got a late takedown and was landing elbows and then postured up and was landing hammer fists as the fight ended. 10-9 Usman, 50-44 overall

Official result - Kamaru Usman (14-0) by official decision (50-43, 49-45 and 48-47)

I don't how a judge could watch any of those rounds and score them for Dos Anjos but 3 rounds somehow went to RDA. Usman asked for a title shot, as he should've.