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UFC 216 lineup set with interim lightweight title headliner in Las Vegas


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The lineup is set for the UFC’s return to its Las Vegas home base next month with an interim title at the top of the bill.

UFC 216 features a dozen fights on Oct. 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) takes on Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) for an interim lightweight title. The winner is expected to stay in line for a fight against current champ Conor McGregor.

In the co-headliner, Derrick Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) takes on former heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum (21-7-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC). Also on the main card, Jessica Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-5 UFC) moves down from bantamweight and Paige VanZant (7-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) moves up from strawweight to meet in the UFC’s new women’s flyweight division. Mark Godbeer (12-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) takes on Walt Harris (9-5 MMA, 2-4 UFC) at heavyweight, and to open the main card, Beneil Dariush (14-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) meets Evan Dunham (18-6 MMA, 11-6 UFC) at lightweight.

The featured preliminary-card bout on FXX is at lightweight between Will Brooks (18-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Nik Lentz (27-8-2 MMA, 11-5-1 UFC), and the featured bout on UFC Fight Pass is at flyweight between Magomed Bibulatov (14-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and former title challenger John Moraga (17-6 MMA, 6-5 UFC).

The complete UFC 216 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee
  • Derrick Lewis vs. Fabricio Werdum
  • Jessica Eye vs. Paige VanZant
  • Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris
  • Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham


PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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One UFC middleweight standout's take on Georges St-Pierre vs. Michael Bisping


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There’s been a fair amount of hand-wringing over the upcoming UFC middleweight title bout between Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping, even if the reaction has been blunted by time and the latest turns in the division.

When it was first announced, UFC fighters were among those who cast a sideways glance at the matchup. But after the booking was canceled, an interim middleweight title bout narrowed the field of contenders, and Bisping’s ship “(expletive) turned around and sailed back,” one middleweight veteran sees the sense in it.

“(Robert) Whittaker and (Yoel) Romero fought for that belt,” Brad Tavares (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) told MMAjunkie Radio. “And Whittaker’s hurt, so what are they going to do? Have somebody below Whittaker fight for the belt? No. So they’re going to have this big money fight.”

For some fighters, that’s a slap in the face for those who’ve worked their way up the ranks with the expectation of being rewarded with a title shot. Tavares, a fighter who’s always done his talking in the cage, is one of those fighters. He stands to lose a lot if the promotion passes him over because it wants a bigger number at the box office.

And yet the 29-year-old Las Vegas native can’t bring himself to dismiss St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) as Bisping’s (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) opponent at UFC 217, which takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and airs on pay-per-view.

“(St-Pierre) always was a draw,” Tavares said. “Maybe some people see it as he doesn’t deserve it, but when the man was fighting, he put in his work. Granted, it was in a different weight class, but it’s not that far away. And ‘GSP’ always was a big dude. So business-wise, it makes sense. The No. 1 contenders fought each other, and they already panned that out.”

Tavares takes a different stance on cross-divisional fights, on the other hand. He said welterweight champ Tyron Woodley’s recent call to face the winner of St-Pierre vs. Bisping – after White denied him the first crack at St-Pierre following a lackluster title defense at UFC 214 – is an overreach and “doesn’t make make any sense.”

“If they made that happen, now you have an interim champion waiting in the wings, for what? You have to unify the belts first,” Tavares said. “That should have been the next fight, but due to injury, it didn’t happen. So it makes sense to me.

“I’m sure there are people that are right right there that are pretty pissed about it, like ‘(Expletive), I should be getting the shot.’ But how are any of them jump the interim champion for this money fight?”

Current interim titleholder Whittaker is expected to meet the winner of St-Pierre vs. Bisping after he heals from a knee injury he sustained prior to beating Yoel Romero at UFC 213.

Meanwhile, two ex-champs are also inching into the title picture. In July, Chris Weidman snapped a three-fight skid with an impressive win over Kelvin Gastelum, and Luke Rockhold returns to action on Sept. 16 against ex-WSOF champ David Branch.

Tavares currently is on a two-fight win streak, so he’s a long way from making any title demands. But he’s feeling better about the promotion after it booked his past two fights in Las Vegas, which brought local support rather than hostile crowds around the world.

“In the past, I’ve been frustrated, not with the matches themselves, but where (they were),” he said. “At one point, I was frickin’ going into everybody’s back yards to fight them, even when I was on a win streak. I’ve been lucky enough these past two to get it right here in Vegas.”

The MMA world will be watching when St-Pierre returns from a four-year layoff to face Bisping. If the French Canadian, now 36, is successful at 185 pounds, it will throw an interesting wrench in the division. But it also might not last for more than two fights.

As long as Whittaker gets the next shot, Tavares isn’t complaining.

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with co-host Brad Tavares

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guest co-host Brad Tavares.

Tavares, who will be in studio, has an upcoming fight on Oct. 7 against Thales Leites at UFC 216 in Las Vegas. Tavares will discuss the matchup as he looks to make it three straight wins. Also on tap, the hosts will recap the weekend’s top stories, including Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 115 results and possible new pay-per-view numbers for Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor, and preview this Saturday’s UFC 215 headlined by two title fights.

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UFC 216 gets 7 bouts, including Evan Dunham vs. Beneil Dariush, Brad Tavares vs. Thales Leites

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The UFC has added seven new bouts to UFC 216, including lightweight and middleweight showdowns with implications in the rankings.

Today, the promotion announced that lightweight standouts Evan Dunham (18-6 MMA, 11-6 UFC) and Beneil Dariush (14-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) will face off, as will middleweights Brad Tavares (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and one-time title challenger Thales Leites (27-7 MMA, 12-6 UFC).

UFC 216 take place Oct. 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Also confirmed for the fall card: a heavyweight clash featuring Walt Harris (9-5 MMA, 2-4 UFC) vs. Mark Godbeer (12-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC); a lightweight fight between Lando Vannata (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Abel Trujillo (15-7 MMA, 7-2 UFC); a previously reported lightweight contest between Will Brooks (18-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Nik Lentz (27-8-2 MMA, 11-5-1 UFC); and a pair of flyweight bouts, John Moraga (17-6 MMA, 6-5 UFC) vs. Magomed Bibulatov (14-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Matt Schnell (9-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) vs. Marco Beltran (8-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC).

Dunham, on a four-fight win streak, will look to break into the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, where Dariush stands at No. 10. Dariush, meanwhile, is looking to rebound from a knockout loss to No. 6 ranked Edson Barboza in his previous outing. Dunham previously expressed interest in a bout with Dariush.

Tavares, an honorable mention in the middleweight rankings has won his past two bouts and hopes to break into the top 15 with a win over No. 13 Leites, who recently outpointed Sam Alvey.

Heavyweight Harris is on the upswing with back-to-back knockout wins in bouts against Chase Sherman and Cyril Asker, respectively. Godbeer most recently outpointed Daniel Spitz, upping his UFC record to 1-1 after a debut loss to Justin Ledet.

Lightweight Vannata is looking to rebound after a decision loss to David Teymur that sapped his momentum after a spectacular wheel-kick knockout of John Makdessi this past December. Trujillo also needs a boost after a submission loss to James Vick, which snapped a three-fight win streak.

Lightweight Lentz mostly suffered a decision loss to Islam Makhachev, which brought his first loss since returning to the lightweight division from featherweight. Brooks has lost back-to-back fights in bouts against Alex Oliveira and Charles Oliveira, respectively.

One-time flyweight title challenger Moraga recently got back in the win column with a decision over Ashkan Mokhtarian in June, while Bibulatov puts his unbeaten record to the test after a debut decision against Jenel Lausa.

Flyweight Schnell is in dire need of a win after losses against Rob Font and Hector Sandoval in his first two UFC appearances. Beltran, meanwhile, has hit the skids with back-to-back losses after a trio of wins.

With the additions, the UFC 216 lineup now includes:

  • Evan Dunham vs. Beneil Dariush
  • Brad Tavares vs. Thales Leites
  • Walt Harris vs. Mark Godbeer
  • Lando Vannata vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Nik Lentz vs. Will Brooks
  • John Moraga vs. Magomed Bibulatov
  • Matt Schnell vs. Marco Beltran

For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale salaries: Justin Gaethje banks event-high $200k

Justin Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) earned the largest disclosed payday at this past Friday’s The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, taking home a disclosed $200,000 purse in addition to the $100,000 he earned in post-fight bonuses for a “Fight of the Year” candidate against Michael Johnson (17-12 MMA, 9-8 UFC).

MMAjunkie today obtained the list of official disclosed salaries from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

The TUF 25 Finale took place at T-Mobile in Las Vegas. The bulk of the card aired on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The next highest earner on the card was two-time title challenger Gray Maynard (13-6-1 MMA, 11-6-1 UFC), who took home $102,000 for a unanimous decision over Teruto Ishihara (9-4-2 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC) on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed prelims.

The total disclosed payroll for the event was $1,028,000.

Official TUF 25 Finale payouts included:

Justin Gaethje: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Michael Johnson: $47,000

Jesse Taylor: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Dhiego Lima: $15,000

Drakkar Klose: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Marc Diakiese: $24,000

Jared Cannonier: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Nick Roehrick: $12,000

Brad Tavares: $68,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus)
def. Elias Theodorou: $24,000

Jordan Johnson: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Marcel Fortuna: $14,000

Angela Hill: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Ashley Yoder: $12,000

James Krause: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Tom Gallicchio: $10,000

C.B. Dolloway: $86,000 (includes $43,000 win bonus)
def. Ed Herman: $54,000

Tecia Torres: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Juliana Lima: $17,000

Gray Maynard: $102,000 (includes $51,000 win bonus)
def. Teruto Ishihara: $21,000

Now, the usual disclaimer: The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors like Reebok, which can oftentimes be a substantial portion of a fighter’s income. They also do not include any other “locker room” or special discretionary bonuses the UFC sometimes pays.

For example, as previously reported, UFC officials handed out additional $50,000 TUF 25 Finale bonuses to Gaethje, Johnson and Torres who all earned “Performance of the Night” awards.

In other words, the above figures are simply base salaries reported to the commission and do not reflect entire compensation packages for the event.

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Justin Gaethje and TUF 25 Finale's other winning fighters?

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Former WSOF champ Justin Gaethje put on another masterpiece of violence on Friday at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, living up to the hype in every way imaginable in his main event bout with Michael Johnson.

Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) delivered arguably the most memorable performance of his career when he stopped Johnson (17-12 MMA, 9-8 UFC) with strikes in the second round of the lightweight bout, which aired on FS1 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Early prelims streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Although Gaethje’s victory was the most significant on the card, several others earned important wins, as well, including new “TUF 25: Redemption” champ Jesse Taylor (31-15 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who closed the door on the latest season of the reality series with a submission finish in the co-headliner.

Also on the main card, Drakkar Klose (8-0-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Jared Cannonier (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC), Brad Tavares (15-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) and Jordan Johnson (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) added another tally to their win columns.

After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale’s winning fighters.

* * * *

Jordan Johnson

Darren Stewart

Should fight: Darren Stewart
Why they should fight: Some intriguing new blood has revealed itself in the UFC lightweight heavyweight in recent months, and Johnson is certainly part of that group after his unanimous decision win over Marcel Fortuna.

Johnson admitted his performance lacked in significant action, but considering his inexperience in the sport, 15 minutes of hard-fought time in the octagon can’t hurt his development. Johnson brings a solid wrestling pedigree and a growing striking game into his fights, and if he keeps adding to his skillset, there’s a promising future ahead.

The undefeated 28-year-old needs several more fights against a somewhat even level of competition before he gains consideration for a truly noteworthy matchup, and with same number of pro fights, Stewart (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) would be a fair booking for both.

Brad Tavares

Sam Alvey

Should fight: Winner of Sam Alvey vs. Rashad Evans at UFC Fight Night 114
Why they should fight: More than seven years after making his UFC debut, Tavares added a 10th octagon victory to his resume when he defeated fan-favorite Elias Theodorou by unanimous decision.

Tavares was just a step ahead of “The Ultimate Fighter: Nations” winner Theodorou throughout the middleweight bout, and it led to his third victory in his past four fights. The Hawaiian has only lost to notable names throughout his UFC tenure, and even then, he makes his opponents work hard for it.

Still just 29, Tavares has potential to make noise at 185 pounds and has once again put himself in position to do just that. The winner of the UFC Fight Night 114 bout between Alvey (30-9 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and Evans (19-6-1 MMA, 14-6-1 UFC) on Aug. 5 isn’t ranked or on a big winning streak, but he will carry name value, which could help an underrated fighter like Tavares get more attention.

Jared Cannonier

Gokhan Saki

Should fight: Gokhan Saki
Why they should fight: Cannonier did what he was supposed to against an opponent who stepped in as an injury replacement on just three days’ notice when he defeated UFC newcomer Nick Roehrick by third-round TKO.

Cannonier’s vast striking arsenal was way too much for Roehrick to handle with essentially no preparation time. It was an important, confidence-building performance after Cannonier was blown out of the water against Glover Teixeira in his biggest fight to date at UFC 208 in February.

To make things even better, Cannonier came to his post-fight interview with a plan in mind. In an outside-the-box callout, he offered to welcome world renowned kickboxing champion Saki (0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who signed with the promotion earlier this year.

The callout was met with instant excitement, and despite the fact Saki has essentially no MMA experience, he said he wants tough fights right away. Cannonier will oblige in exactly the type of fight the Dutch striker wants, and there’s no doubt it would be a fan-pleasing affair. Moreover, Saki said he’s interested.

Drakkar Klose

Alan Patrick

Should fight: Alan Patrick
Why they should fight: The most heated grudge match on the card went in favor of Klose when he surprised highly touted prospect Marc Diakiese with a split-decision win.

There was a ton of tension and trash talk between the competitors prior to their encounter. Most expected it to be another showcase fight for Diakiese, but Klose had other plans and put in a superior work rate to hand the Brit his first career loss.

Klose’s confidence and relentless style will likely aid him to a successful UFC career, and while it’s not to discredit his performance, one of the primary narratives coming out of the fight is whether there was too much hype behind Diakiese.

He should get a chance to prove that’s not the case, though, and in the loaded 155-pound division, there’s no shortage of fighters capable revealing how good Klose really is. Patrick (14-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is coming off consecutive wins and has been tested over his multiple years as a UFC fighter. His mix of his experience and skillset would help further reveal Klose’s ceiling.

Jesse Taylor

Belal Muhammad

Should fight: Belal Muhammad
Why they should fight: Taylor completed the ultimate redemption story when he captured “The Ultimate Fighter 25” crown with a second-round submission of Dhiego Lima to claim a $290,000 prize.

Taylor’s journey from getting kicked off Season 7 of “TUF” just before the finals due to some careless antics to winning Season 25 is well documented, and his journey is nothing short of impressive.

“JT-Money” wants to make his mark on the UFC roster, but in a deep welterweight division it’s not going to be easy. Muhammad (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) scored a quality decision win over Jordan Mein at UFC 213 the night after Taylor’s performance, and his game would be an interesting test for the latest “TUF” winner.

Justin Gaethje

Should fight: Al Iaquinta
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Gaethje should fight Iaquinta (13-3-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC) next.

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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TUF 25 Finale post-event facts: Justin Gaethje extends winning streak in high-volume debut

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The UFC’s sixth annual “International Fight Week” festivities kicked off on Friday with The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, which took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The lightweight main event produced one of the most memorable fights of the year, with Justin Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) making a huge impression in his UFC debut. “The Highlight” and Michael Johnson (17-12 MMA, 9-8 UFC) combined for an astonishing 195 signifiant strikes landed before Gaethje scored a TKO in the closing seconds of the second round.

Gaethje’s performance stole the show, but there were several others who delivered noteworthy efforts, as well. For more, check out 45 post-event facts to come out of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale.

* * * *


The Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $122,500.

Debuting fighters went 1-1 at the event.

Johnson and Tecia Torres earned $50,000 TUF 25 Finale fight-night bonuses. Gaethje received two bonuses for $100,000.

The TUF 25 Finale drew an announced attendance of 6,308 for a live gate of $432,495.

Betting favorites went 8-3 on the card.

Total fight time for the 11-bout card was 2:18:32.

* * * *

Main card

Justin Gaethje and Michael Johnson

Gaethje extended his winning streak to 18 fights. He hasn’t suffered a defeat in his nearly six-year career.

Gaethje’s 18-fight MMA winning streak is third longest among active UFC fighters behind Khabib Nurmagomedov (24) and Jimmie Rivera (19).

Gaethje had earned 16 of his 18 career victories by stoppage.

Gaethje has earned 15 of his 16 career stoppage victories by knockout.

Gaethje became the first to earn two fight-night bonuses for one bout since Robert Whittaker at UFC Fight Night 101 in November.

Johnson fell to 1-4 in his past five fights dating back to August 2015.

Johnson suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Jesse Taylor

Jesse Taylor (31-15 MMA, 1-1 UFC) was successful in his return to UFC competition. He lost his lone previous octagon appearance in July 2008.

Taylor has earned 17 of his 22 career stoppage victories by submission.

Dhiego Lima (12-6 MMA, 1-4 UFC) was unsuccessful in his return to the UFC for a second stint. He hasn’t earned an octagon victory since November 2014.

Lima has suffered five of his six career losses by stoppage.

Lima suffered the first submission loss of his career.

Drakkar Klose

Drakkar Klose (8-0-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has earned both of his UFC victories by decision.

Marc Diakiese (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) had his 12-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his professional career.

Jared Cannonier (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) improved to 2-1 since he dropped to the UFC light-heavyweight division in December.

Cannonier has earned eight of his 10 career victories by stoppage.

Cannonier has earned both of his UFC stoppage victories by knockout.

Nick Roehrick (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his seven-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his pro career.

Brad Tavares

Brad Tavares (15-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) has earned his past eight UFC victories by decision. His last stoppage win was a first-round knockout of Phil Baroni at UFC 125 in January 2011.

Elias Theodorou (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) has suffered both of his career losses by decision.

Jordan Johnson (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has earned his past three victories by decision after opening his career with five consecutive stoppages.

Marcel Fortuna (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has suffered both of his career losses by decision.

Preliminary card

Angela Hill

Angela Hill (7-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) improved to 1-1 since she returned to the UFC for a second stint in February.

Hill improved to 5-1 since her initial release from the UFC in late 2015.

Hill has earned both of her UFC victories by decision.

Ashley Yoder (5-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has suffered all three of her career losses by decision.

James Krause

James Krause (24-7 MMA, 5-3 UFC) was successful in his UFC welterweight debut.

C.B. Dollaway (16-8 MMA, 10-8 UFC) snapped his three-fight losing skid for his first victory since May 2014.

Dollaway was successful in his UFC light-heavyweight debut.

Dollaway improved to 5-4 in his past nine UFC appearances.

Ed Herman (24-12 MMA, 11-8 UFC) fell to 1-2 since he returned to the light-heavyweight division in January 2016.

Tecia Torres

Torres’ (9-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) five victories in UFC strawweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Joanna Jedrzejczyk (eight).

Torres earned the first stoppage victory of her career.

Juliana Lima (9-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) suffered the first submission loss of her career.

Gray Maynard

Gray Maynard (13-6-1 MMA, 11-6-1 UFC) improved to 2-1 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in July 2016.

Maynard has earned his past 10 UFC victories by decision. He is the first fighter in UFC history to earn 10 wins with the organization without a stoppage, breaking his own record of nine.

Maynard’s 11 takedowns landed tied the record for most in a UFC/WEC featherweight fight.

Maynard’s 11 takedowns landed marked a personal best in his UFC career. His previous high was nine against Frankie Edgar at UFC Fight Night 13.

Teruto Ishihara (9-4-2 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC) has suffered both of his UFC losses by decision.

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 25 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 25 Finale's Brad Tavares thought about clipping Elias Theodorou's hair backstage

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LAS VEGAS – After jawing with Elias Theodorou online, Brad Tavares contemplated a sneak attack backstage to settle things.

UFC middleweight Theodorou had offered Tavares a wager. If he lost, he’d shave the long hair that won him an endorsement from Pert Plus. If he won, he’d get all of Tavares’ purse.

“I was like, buddy, your (expletive) hair ain’t worth that much,” Tavares (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) said backstage after outpointing Theodorou (15-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) on the FS1-televised prelims of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale at T-Mobile Arena. “Get the (expletive) out of here.

“But even (Thursday), I was standing behind him, and I thought, ‘How funny would that be if I just buzzed his head?’ But then he’d probably try to sue me, and he’d probably win because he has some sponsorship for his hair. What fighter does that that is not a girl?”

In the end, Tavares settled the matter the old-fashioned way, taking home a unanimous decision to pick up his second consecutive win in the octagon.

Despite repeated questions, Tavares expressed no preference on his next opponent aside from an opponent who would move him up the rankings.

But after all his pre-fight talk with Theodorou, it proved to be not much more than a distraction – one that Tavares brushed aside.

“Some guys, they feel like they’ve got to run their mouth, but I issued that challenge, and even after they read the decision I went up to him jokingly and said, ‘Hey, let’s shave that head. And he was like, ‘No, no, (expletive) no.’

“He was talking a lot of (expletive), and I’m the type of guy that (believes), ‘Hey, we’re going to let our fists do the talking.’”

Check out the video above for more from Tavares on his fight and rivalry with Theodorou.

And for complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2482 with Joey Diaz, Brad Tavares and Gray Maynard

Stream or download Friday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Joey Diaz, Brad Tavares and Gray Maynard.

Comedian Diaz was our in-studio guest host and helped us make final predictions for The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale and UFC 213. Tavares and Maynard joined the program to soak up Junkie Karma; fighters who appear on MMAjunkie Radio on the day of their fight are 57-14. Tonight at the TUF 25 Finale, Tavares faces Elias Theodorou and Maynard meets Teruto Ishihara.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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