TUF 26 Finale medical suspensions: Four get potential six-month terms

Sean O’Malley continued to make a name for himself as a bantamweight to watch, but there’s potential he’ll be out of action for a while.

O’Malley (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) may be sitting out for six months unless doctors clear both his left hand and left foot with X-rays following his win over Terrion Ware (17-7 MMA, 0-2 UFC) in the co-main event of the TUF 26 Finale this past Friday.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission released the medical suspensions to MMAjunkie today following the event, which it oversaw at Park Theater in Las Vegas. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Four fighters on the card were given potential six-month medical suspensions. Along with O’Malley, Barb Honchak (10-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Melinda Fabian (4-3-2 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC) and Ariel Beck (4-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) could be out for 180 days.

In the main event, Nicco Montano (4-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) won the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight title with a unanimous decision over Roxanne Modafferi (21-14 MMA, 0-2 UFC). Modafferi was given a 30-day suspension with no contact for 21 days.

The full list of medical suspensions from the TUF 26 Finale include:

    • Roxanne Modafferi: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days.
    • Sean O’Malley: Suspended 180 days unless cleared by doctor with left hand and left foot X-rays.
    • Terrion Ware: Suspended 21 days with no contact for 14 days.
    • Barb Honchak: Suspended 180 days unless cleared by doctor with right hand X-ray.
    • Eric Spicely: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.
    • Melinda Fabian: Suspended 180 days or until broken left thumb cleared by doctor; in addition, suspended 21 days with no contact for 14 days.
    • Ryan Janes: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days for hard fight.
    • Andrew Sanchez: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for lip laceration.
    • Ariel Beck: Suspended 180 days unless cleared by doctor with left wrist X-ray; in addition, suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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TUF 26 Finale post-event facts: A rare finish, a new striking record and armbars galore

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History was made at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale on Friday when the organization officially crowned the inaugural champion of its newest weight class: the women’s flyweight division.

Unheralded Nicco Montano (4-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) completed her surprising run to the gold when she outpointed Roxanne Modafferi (21-14 MMA, 0-2 UFC) via unanimous decision in the event headliner, which took place at Park Theatre in Las Vegas and aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Montano’s “Fight of the Night” effort capped off an 11-fight card, which saw seven bouts end with a stoppage. For more of the numbers behind the first of two UFC cards from this past weekend, check below for 32 post-event facts to come out of The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale.

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General

Brett Johns

The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale featured three armbar submission finishes, tied with UFC on FUEL TV 10 for the most on a UFC card in the modern era.

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $112,500.

Debuting fighters went 6-4-2 at the event.

Montano, Modafferi, Gerald Meerschaert and Brett Johns earned $50,000 TUF 26 Finale fight-night bonuses.

Betting favorites went 7-3 on the card. One fight ended in a draw.

Total fight time for the 11-bout card was 1:42:31.

Main card

Nicco Montano

Montano became the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight champion.

Montano became UFC champion just 742 days after her professional debut.

Modafferi fell to 6-3 since her initial UFC release in November 2013.

Modafferi has suffered 10 of her 14 career losses by decision. That includes both of her UFC defeats.

Lauren Murphy (10-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) was successful in her UFC flyweight debut.

Barb Honchak (10-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had her nine-fight winning streak snapped for her first official defeat since September 2010.

Honchak has suffered all three of her career losses by decision.

Gerald Meerschaert

Meerschaert (27-9 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has earned 25 of his 27 carer victories by stoppage. That includes all three of his UFC wins.

Eric Spicely (10-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

DeAnna Bennett (8-3-1 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC) had her winless streak extended to four fights. She hasn’t earned a victory since September 2015.

Johns’ (15-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) 15-fight MMA winning streak is the second longest among active UFC bantamweight fighters behind Jimmie Rivera (20).

Johns earned just the second calf-slicer submission in UFC history. Charles Oliveira also accomplished the feat.

Johns’ 30-second submission victory was second fastest in UFC/WEC combined bantamweight history behind Patrick Williams’ 23-second finish at UFC 188.

Joe Soto (18-6 MMA, 3-4 UFC) suffered his fourth loss in his past six fights.

Soto suffered just the second submission loss of his career and his first since Aug. 5, 2011 – a span of 2,311 days (more than six years) and 14 fights.

Preliminary card

Montana De La Rose

Montana De La Rosa (8-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned all of her career stoppage victories by submission.

Christina Marks (8-9 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has suffered seven of her nine career losses by submission. All of her career stoppage losses are by submission.

Ryan Janes (10-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has earned eight of his 10 career victories by stoppage.

Janes earned the first knockout victory of his career.

Ryan Janes

Janes and Andrew Sanchez (9-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) combined for 255 significant strikes landed, a new single-fight record for a UFC middleweight bout.

Karine Gevorgyan (3-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has suffered all three of her career losses by stoppage.

Ariel Beck (4-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) suffered her third consecutive loss to extend the longest skid of her career. She earned her first victory since March 2016.

Beck suffered the first knockout loss of her career.

Shana Dobson (3-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) earned the first knockout victory of her career.

Gillian Robertson (4-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned all of her career stoppage victories by submission.

Emily Whitmire (2-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has suffered both of her career losses by submission.

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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TUF 26 Finale Athlete Outfitting pay: Montano, Modafferi get $30k each for title fight

LAS VEGAS – Fighters from Friday’s Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $112,500.

The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale took place at Park Theatre in Las Vegas. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way were inaugural UFC women’s flyweight title participants Nicco Montano (4-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Roxanne Modafferi (21-14 MMA, 0-2 UFC), who each received $30,000 for going into a championship bout as a non-titleholder.

The full UFC Fight Night 122 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Nicco Montano: $30,000
def. Roxanne Modafferi: $30,000

Sean O’Malley: $2,500
Terrion Ware: $2,500

Lauren Murphy: $2,500
def. Barb Honchak: $2,500

Gerald Meerschaert: $2,500
def. Eric Spicely: $2,500

DeAnna Bennett: $2,500
vs. Melinda Fabian: $2,500

Brett Johns: $2,500
def. Joe Soto: $5,000

Montana De La Rosa: $2,500
def. Christina Marks: $2,500

Ryan Janes: $2,500
def. Andrew Sanchez: $2,500

Rachael Ostovich: $2,500
def. Karine Gevorgyan: $2,500

Shana Dobson: $2,500
def. Ariel Beck: $2,500

Gillian Robertson: $2,500
def. Emily Whitmire: $2,500

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2017 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $5,662,500
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $15,985,000

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of the TUF 26 Finale with the Eminem Curse back again

While it take intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Friday’s The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale event in Las Vegas, went with as their backing tracks.

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Nicco Montano def. Roxanne Modafferi via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46)

Nicco Montano: “NDN Kars” by Keith Secola

Roxanne Modafferi: “Dragula” by Rob Zombie

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

Sean O’Malley: “Party and Bull(expletive) in the USA” by The Notorious B.I.G. and Miley Cyrus

Terrion Ware: “Amazing” by Kanye West feat. Young Jeezy

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

Lauren Murphy: “Memories” by David Guetta feat. Kid Cudi

Barb Honchak: “Good Girls” by Elle King

Gerald Meerschaert def. Eric Spicely via TKO (body kick) – Round 2, 2:18

Gerald Meerschaert: “Ante Up” by M.O.P.

Eric Spicely: “Cry, Cry, Cry” by Johnny Cash

DeAnna Bennett vs. Melinda Fabian ruled a majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)

DeAnna Bennett: “Relax” by Peaches

Melinda Fabian: “In the Air Tonight” by Nonpoint

Brett Johns def. Joe Soto via submission (calf slicer) – Round 1, 0:30

Brett Johns: “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” by Dropkick Murphys

Joe Soto: “We Right Here” by DMX

Montana De La Rosa def. Christina Marks via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:00

Montana De La Rosa: “My Time” by Fabolous

Christina Marks: “Till I Collapse” by Eminem

Ryan Janes def. Andrew Sanchez via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 0:58

Ryan Janes: “The Islander” by Navigators

Andrew Sanchez: “Big News I” by Clutch

Rachael Ostovich def. Karine Gevorgyan via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:40

Rachael Ostovich: “Girl On Fire” by Alicia Keys

Karine Gevorgyan: Unknown by Djivan Gasparyan

Shana Dobson def. Ariel Beck via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:53

Shana Dobson: “Walk” by Young M.A.

Ariel Beck: “Just a Girl” by No Doubt

Gillian Robertson def. Emily Whitmire via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:12

Gillian Robertson: “P.I.M.P.” by 50 Cent

Emily Whitmire: “This is Me” by Tech N9ne

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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TUF 26 Finale results: Shana Dobson right hand ends night for Ariel Beck

LAS VEGAS – In a battle of two willing Team Alvarez strikers Shana Dobson (3-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) scored the decisive blows over Ariel Beck (4-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC).

The women’s flyweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale event at Park Theater in Las Vegas. It aired on FS1 following an additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on FS1.

Dobson took the center to start the contest, but Beck found early success with powerful kicks to the body. After absorbing a few, Dobson answered back with a few powerful punches and kicks to differing levels. Beck stood firm in the pocket, landing a big left hand a few more powerful kicks along the way. Dobson appeared the quicker fighter, but Beck was every bit as willing to stand and trade in the exchanges.

Beck opened quickly in the second, driving in punches to the body and head. Dobson answered back with a nice right hand and then a head kick that briefly stunned her foe. Dobson seemed to gain confidence as the round unfolded, but Beck showed heart in battling back. However, a crushing right hand changed all that. Beck covered, and Dobson rushed forward with a few more blows that saw her opponent slowly topple to the floor, ending the contest at the 2:53 mark of the frame.

“This is a surreal moment, and I’m so amped right now,” Dobson said after the fight. “I really could have not asked for a better result. I went out there and did what I’m best at: I landed my strikes and stayed on my feet and as you can see, I’m hard to deal with.

“Over the course of the year, I made 15 new friends, and I love these girls. It’s crazy because going in I knew I was going to have to fight these girls. I’m a professional, so at the end of the day I had to put that aside and go out there and fight.”

Up-to-the-minute TUF 26 Finale results include:

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Ken Hathaway contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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Tournament final/inaugural title fight set as part of Friday's official TUF 26 Finale lineup

The 16-fighter tournament has been whittled down to two, and now the matchup to crown the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight champion at Friday’s The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale is set.

Sijara Eubanks(2-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will face Nicco Montano (3-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in the UFC’s first 125-pound female title fight, which headlines the FS1-televised fight card from Park Theatre in Las Vegas. Early prelims stream on UFC Fight Pass.

Eubanks and Montano came into “TUF 26” tournament as unheralded names with the No. 12 and No. 14 seeds, respectively. Once in the house, though, they proved to be much better than that.

Eubanks began her run with a submission victory over No. 5 seed Maia Stevenson. In the quarterfinals, she scored the most violent stoppage of the season with a head-kick knockout of No. 4 DeAnna Bennett. After consecutive stoppages, Eubanks went the distance in the semifinals, upsetting No. 1 Roxanne Modafferi by unanimous decision to punch her title to the title.

On the other side of the bracket, Montano made herself known immediately with a decision win over UFC veteran and No. 3 Lauren Murphy. She followed that up with a bloody victory over No. 6 Montana De La Rosa in the quarterfinals. Montano completely her run of upsets in the semifinals, defeating No. 2 Barb Honchak by unanimous decision.

Several other members of the “TUF 26” cast will fight at Friday’s event, including a main-card bout of semifinalists Modafferi (21-13 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Honchak (10-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), as well as Bennett (8-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Melinda Fabian (4-3-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

Set for the televised preliminary portion of The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale is De La Rosa (7-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Christina Marks (8-8 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Karine Gevorgyan (3-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Rachael Ostovich (3-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), and Ariel Beck (4-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Shana Dobson (2-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

Opening the event on UFC Fight Pass, Gillian Robertson (3-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets Emily Whitmire (2-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

The complete TUF 26 Finale lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Montana De La Rosa vs. Christina Marks
  • Ryan Janes vs. Andrew Sanchez
  • Karine Gevorgyan vs. Rachael Ostovich
  • Ariel Beck vs. Shana Dobson

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7:30 p.m. ET)

  • Gillian Robertson vs. Emily Whitmire

For more on The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Episode No. 3 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion'

Episode No. 3 of “The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion” opens with fight preparation for Team Gaethje’s Montana Stewart, who fights Team Alvarez’s Ariel Beck in the third tournament bout later in the episode.

No. 6 Stewart is a former standout amateur wrestler who, at 22, is the youngest of the 16 fighters in the tournament. She is a mother to a six-year-old, and despite her age, already has 10 professional bouts on her record.

UFC President Dana White, along with coach Justin Gaethje, call Stewart a dark horse in the tournament and believe she actually has a good chance of winning not only her upcoming fight, but the entire competition.

Team Alvarez has its next training session at the newly opened UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas. The UFC PI is a state-of-the-art facility with brand new technology and equipment. One athlete calls it “fighter heaven.”

No. 11 Beck’s preparation begins for her fight with Stewart, which she calls “a nice matchup for me.” Beck has a tough day of training in which her emotions begin to get the best of her. She goes to the locker room and begins to have a “panic attack” due to the intensity of the competition. Fortunately, the coaching staff and numerous teammates are there to lend support.

Coach Eddie Alvarez, in particular, shares some of his most glorious and horrific career moments with Beck and tells her “any feelings you have are not out of the ordinary for any fighter.” Beck gathers herself and eventually returns to the training room.

Later on, No. 8 Emily Whitmire visits the UFC PI to get an update from doctors. She sustained a rib injury during training on the previous episode. One of the physical therapists helps Whitmire recover from the injury, and after having some doubts about her ability to compete right after, Whitmire is very optimistic about her chances.

During a break in training, the Team Gaethje coaching staff decided to take the fighters out for a night of bowling at GameWorks Las Vegas. Coach Gaethje offers the athletes a cash prize for the best results. Stewart receives first prize of $250 for bowling the best game, while No. 10 Rachael Ostovich takes second and gets $150.

The official weigh-ins for the fight take place, and both fighters come in under the 126-pound women’s flyweight limit. A friendly staredown follows.

Fight day arrives, and the third tournament bout is nearly underway. Stewart and Beck finalize preparation with their coaches, and the athletes walk to the cage for their debut contest of the season.

#6 Montana Stewart (6-4) vs. #11 Ariel Beck (4-4)

Round 1 – Stewart comes out throwing combinations while Beck is looking to counter-strike. Stewart lands a nice right hand and begins to back up Beck. Beck is circling the octagon then moves into the clinch. Beck throws some knees to the body and Stewart fires back with some of her own before breaking free. Stewart is throwing combinations and landing with most of her shots. Beck pounds the inside of the leg with a kick, and Stewart closes distance for a body lock. She trips Beck to the mat and lands in half guard. Stewart begins to work from on top as Beck recovers guard position. Stewart postures up and advances into side control. She applies a D’Arce choke, but it’s not fully locked in. She makes some adjustments as Beck fights to get free. Stewart gets it too tight, though, and Beck is forced to tap out.

Montana Stewart def. Ariel Beck via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1

“I felt amazing, but back to work and I’m not just fine with one win,” Stewart says after her victory. “I’m going to finish all the fights and get that belt.”

Team Gaethje takes a 2-1 lead in the competition with Stewart’s victory. Team Alvarez takes control of fight selection, and with his choice, coach Alvarez selects No. 3 Lauren Murphy to go up against No. 14 Nicco Montano of Team Gaethje next.

Also see:

Catch new episodes of “The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion” every Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT) on FS1. MMAjunkie recaps each episode of the reality series.

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Meet 'The Ultimate Fighter 26' cast: Ariel Beck, happy to fight people her own size after a life in rodeo

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LAS VEGAS – “The Ultimate Fighter” returned last week for its 26th season, which will culminate with the crowning of the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight champion.

MMAjunkie recently sat down with all 16 cast members. Watch the video above to get to know Ariel Beck (4-4), who discussed growing up on a ranch, figuring no girl could hit harder than the horse who kicked her once, going from cardio kickboxing to pro boxing and sharing UFC dreams with her also-fighter boyfriend.

“The Ultimate Fighter 26,” featuring former UFC and Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez and former WSOF champ Justin Gaethje as coaches, airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FS1.

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For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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'The Ultimate Fighter 26' cast revealed: Who's vying to become 1st UFC women's flyweight champ?

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The 16-fighter cast for Season 26 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series was announced today, and a number of notables will be vying for the inaugural title in the newly formed women’s flyweight division.

“TUF 26,” which debuts Aug. 30 on FS1, will pit coaches and lightweight contenders Eddie Alvarez (25-8 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Justin Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) against each other as they attempt to lead one fighter to win the first 125-pound belt.

Among the notables on the cast are former Invicta FC flyweight champion Barb Honchak (10-2), “TUF 20” contestant Roxanne Modafferi (21-13) and four-fight UFC veteran Lauren Murphy (9-3).

The complete “TUF 26” cast includes:

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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