Let Brett Johns' story be a warning: When street fighting, maybe avoid historical monuments

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In Brett Johns’ defense, he was provoked that time he exchanged chokes and punches with another guy in the middle of the street.

But in hindsight, maybe he could’ve maybe picked a spot to stand up for himself that had a little less historical baggage.

As shown by an undefeated record that includes three UFC outings, Johns (15-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) knows a thing or two about fighting other men in a controlled, regulated environment. But back in the day, when he was solely a judo player with no MMA training, he saw himself in a situation that did not involve a bout agreement.

“There were a couple of thugs by me, and I remember walking on the street,” Johns told MMAjunkie Radio, when asked to share a street-fight story. “I mentioned I was doing judo. I’d done judo for 16 years before this point. This guy, randomly, probably about the same age as me – jumped on my back and rear-naked choked me.

“He tried to put me unconscious in the middle of the street. Just for a joke, really. And I’m not a big fan of that. I’ve never gone to sleep in my life, and I never plan to.

“Hopefully it doesn’t happen this Friday, either.”

Spoiler: It didn’t. By “this Friday,” Johns meant his recent TUF 26 Finale appointment with grappling expert Joe Soto, which took place Dec. 1. In fact, not only did Johns manage not to get choked out, but he pulled off a rare calf-slicer submission in a mere 30 seconds.

But this is now. At the time that the “thug” tried to choke him out in the street, Johns wasn’t quite as well-rounded. So let’s just say things didn’t go as smoothly for the bantamweight.

“I remember just getting really annoyed, so I pushed him,” Johns said. “I remember pushing me to a corner of a wall and beating lumps of me. Those were five or six punches he beat into me. And they all landed flush in the face. And I remember being so embarrassed that I offered him out by the – it was like a monument.

“It was a solider monument from the first World War, and I said, ‘We’ll fight down there.’ Not very respectful, I know.”

Albeit morally questionable, the maneuver was effective.

“I think he fancied his chances because he landed some punches on me,” Johns said. “But I managed to switch the situation. I held him on a rear-naked choke. I was choking him, and I let him up. I managed to catch him with a shot and put him down.

“I remember looking up – after it all finished, the guy didn’t want to carry on after that. And I looked to the sign.”

If getting busted by your parents in a situation like this is embarrassing, there has got to be a new word for what Johns experienced next.

“I realized that my great-grandfather was on that monument,” Johns said.

In light of that, Johns thinks he maybe should have taken the scuffle somewhere else. But on the other hand, there’s also the possibility that his great-grandfather would have been proud to see him stand his ground against what was ultimately a bully.

“It’s one of those things: I detest – I think everybody does, but I hate bullies,” Johns said. “I’m not a big fan of bullies.”

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

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

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Nicco Montano and TUF 26 Finale's other winning fighters?

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“The Ultimate Fighter 26” came to a conclusion on Friday with the crowning of a new UFC champion.

The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale took place at Park Theatre in Las Vegas, and it aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. In the headliner, Nicco Montano (4-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) won the “TUF 26” tournament and the inaugural women’s flyweight crown with a unanimous-decision vivctory over veteran Roxanne Modafferi (21-14 MMA, 0-2 UFC).

While Montano’s win was the most significant on the card, other fighters, including Sean O’Malley (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Lauren Murphy (10-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC), Gerald Meerschaert (27-9 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Brett Johns (15-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC), also picked up victories. Meanwhile, DeAnna Bennett (8-3-1 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC) and Melinda Fabian (4-3-2 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC) fought to a majority draw.

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 26 Finale’s winning fighters.

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Brett Johns

Pedro Munhoz

Should fight: Pedro Munhoz
Why they should fight: It was clear after his first two UFC fights that Johns is a talent to watch in the bantamweight division. His 30-second submission victory over Joe Soto, however, legitimized the Welshman in a whole new light.

Johns quickly finished Soto with just the second calf-slicer submission in UFC history. It was a major statement against the former Bellator champ and UFC title challenger, and with 15 straight wins, Johns appears ready for the next level of competition at 135 pounds.

A showdown with Munhoz (15-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC), who’s also on the cusp of breaking through to the next level of the division thanks to a four-fight winning streak, could be just what the doctor ordered to give Johns his biggest test to date.

Gerald Meerschaert

Vitor Miranda

Should fight: Winner of Vitor Miranda vs. Julian Marquez at UFC on FOX 26
Why they should fight: Meerschaert delivered in the final fight of his UFC contract when he scored a thunderous body-kick knockout of Eric Spicely in their middleweight bout.

After fending off Spicely’s early submission attacks, Meerschaert found a home for his body kicks. He finally put his opponent down midway through the second round, and now Meerschaert enters free agency with three wins in four UFC fights, all of which came by stoppage.

Meerschaert excites every time he steps in the octagon, and that’s seemingly the type of talent the UFC would want to keep around. The promotion has let a variety of free agents walk over the past few years, though, so it’s no guarantee Meerschaert stays under the UFC banner for his next fight.

Assuming he does, there are some compelling bouts ahead at 185 pounds. The winner of the UFC on FOX 26 bout between Mirada (12-6 MMA, 3-3 UFC) and Marquez (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) would be suitable because, like Meerschaert, both men have a high finishing rate.

Lauren Murphy

Mara Romero Borella

Should fight: Mara Romero Borella
Why they should fight: It came by the skin of her teeth in the form of a split decision, but Murphy managed to get the job done in her official UFC flyweight debut against fellow ex-Invicta FC champ Barb Honchak.

After going 1-3 in her UFC bantamweight run, Murphy got the fresh start she was looking for after a frustrating “TUF 26” stint. She has championship aspirations, and though the bout could have easily gone the other way, Murphy beat a fighter who was once considered No. 1 in the weight class.

If Murphy wants the belt, though, she will need to produce more convincing victories going forward. Borella (12-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) made a splash in her promotional debut at UFC 216 in October with a first-round submission of Kalinda Faria. Murphy could take that momentum away from her – or, oppositely, Borella could move to 2-0 in the UFC against another notable name.

Sean O’Malley

Patrick Williams

Should fight: Patrick Williams
Why they should fight: The first edition of “The Suga Show” in the UFC went off without any major hitches. O’Malley pushed his undefeated record to 9-0 with a unanimous-decision win over Terrion Ware in a fun bantamweight scrap.

O’Malley had high expectations entering the octagon after earning a UFC contract with a spectacular knockout at a Dana White’s Contender Series event. He didn’t produce the same type of finish against his most experienced foe to date in Williams, but he got a solid win that will only help the 23-year-old grow moving forward.

At such a young age and with tremendous potential, O’Malley should be getting a slow build from the UFC brass. Williams (8-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is certainly no pushover, but he’s been used in the past of gauge the ability of similar 135-pound prospects, including Tom Duquesnoy. He should be put in a similar spot for O’Malley.

Nicco Montano

Should fight: Valentina Shevchenko
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Montano should fight Shevchenko (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in her first title defense.

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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Ecstatic Brett Johns breaks down rare calf slicer that finished Joe Soto at TUF 26 Finale

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LAS VEGAS – A rare submission over a solid grappler in only 30 seconds? Not bad for someone who wasn’t even expecting a finish.

At Friday’s TUF 26 Finale, Brett Johns (15-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) became only the second UFC fighter to pull off a calf slicer submission. More impressively, the 25-year-old got it over the ground-savvy Joe Soto (18-6 MMA, 3-4 UFC), who was riding a three-fight winning streak into the bout.

It’s not that Johns didn’t have confidence in that part of his game. After all, just because he doesn’t take part in grappling tournaments like Soto, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the chops.

“I grapple every day of my life,” Johns said after the FS1-televised bantamweight bout, which opened the main card at Park Theater in Las Vegas. “I do it sometimes three times a day. Just because I don’t show it in a grappling tournament, doesn’t mean I don’t it. And I grapple with the best guys in the world.”

But the Welsh fighter will admit that he wasn’t exactly anticipating the 15th win of his perfect professional record, which now includes three UFC wins, to come with such an exclamation point.

“I wasn’t expecting (a finish), to be honest,” Johns said. “I’m sort of known for being a decision fighter. But every guy I seem to face that I think is a step up, I perform. Back in the old Titan FC days, when I fought for the Titan FC old title, I fought a guy called Walel Watson. (He) was the first UFC vet I fought. I finished him.

“And tonight was the same. I felt (Albert) Morales and (Kwan Ho) Kwak, the first two UFC fights, were good opponents. Up-and-comers. But Joe has been there and done it. Obviously to get a finish over him was amazing. What can I say? It’s a great time for me, I’m happy.”

As for the calf-slicer, Johns had tried numerous times before. This time, thankfully, it worked. The key, Johns said, was recalling a detail that had eluded him when he was going through the same submission a few weeks before at the gym.

“The mistake I was doing to get to the detail was going over the foot and trying to get the foot down,” Johns said. “Instead of going over the foot instead of putting the toes down. And that”s all I could remember though the whole transition, ‘Pull the toes down.’ And I just pulled until I’d seen the tap.

“It was one of them things when I was thinking, ‘Is it actually on?’ Because he held on for so long. He was tough and he was durable. Then I felt the tap and was ecstatic.”

As far as his octagon future goes, Johns still needs to look into the UFC’s top-15 rankings. But, off the top of his head, the Welsh does see potential in a matchup with the unranked Cody Stamman – fresh off a win over touted French prospect Tom Duquesnoy.

But that’s a concern for later. For now, Johns’ plan is to make the most of his first visit to Las Vegas.

“If I don’t wake up with Mike Tyson’s tiger in my bedroom, I’m going to be disappointed tomorrow morning,” Johns joked.

To hear more from Johns on the submission, being undefeated and what the future holds, check out the video above.

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 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 bonuses: Nicco Montano, Roxanne Modafferi pick up $50,000 in title fight

LAS VEGAS – Nicco Montano, Roxanne Modafferi, Gerald Meerschaert and Brett Johns each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at Friday’s TUF 26 Finale event.

Montano, Modafferi earned the “Fight of the Night,” while Meerschaert and Johns each won “Performance of the Night” honors.

UFC officials announced the winners following the event, which MMAjunkie attended.

Montano (4-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) topped Modafferi (21-14 MMA, 0-2 UFC) with a five-round unanimous decision to win the inaugural UFC women’s flyweigh title. Montano earned her spot in the final with a 3-0 run on Season 26 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” But Modafferi only got the fight after Sijara Eubanks was hospitalized with weight-cutting issues. Modafferi had lost in the semifinals.

Meerschaert (27-9 MMA, 3-1 UFC) took out Eric Spicely (10-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) in their main-card middleweight fight with a sickening left kick to the liver. It dropped Spicely immediately, and the TKO came a second later.

Johns (15-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) opened the main card with a rare submission against Joe Soto (18-6 MMA, 3-4 UFC) in their bantamweight fight. Johns caught Soto with a calf slicer and forced him to tap just 30 seconds into the fight.

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

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 results: Brett Johns needs just 30 seconds to finish Joe Soto via calf slicer

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LAS VEGAS – Welsh bantamweight Brett Johns (15-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) kept his perfect record intact, using just 30 seconds to tap out Joe Soto (18-6 MMA, 3-4 UFC).

The bantamweight bout opened up the main card of today’s The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale event at Park Theater in Las Vegas. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Johns moved forward to start, pumping out a jab and dropping in a right hand behind it. Soto then turned to his wrestling, but it would turn out to be his undoing.

As Johns stuffed the takedown, he expertly locked his left leg around his opponent’s as they transition to the floor. With the limb secure, Johns finished the setup, sat back and torqued the leg for the quick finish via calf slicer.

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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TUF 26 Finale pre-event facts: Inaugural title fight comes with dubious footnote

The UFC will crown its 12th divisional champion Friday when the first UFC women’s flyweight titleholder is determined at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale at Park Theatre in Las Vegas.

The UFC first announced the 125-pound weight class in May. Since then, 16 fighters have battled on “TUF 26” for the chance to compete for the inaugural championship.

That 16-woman field eventually narrowed to two as low-seeded Sijara Eubanks (2-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Nicco Montano (3-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) advanced through the tournament for the chance to compete for gold.

Check below for 20 pre-fight facts about the TUF 26 Finale, which airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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Main event

Sijara Eubanks

Eubanks’ four pro fights are the second least for a participant in a UFC women’s title fight behind Rose Namajunas (three at TUF 20 Finale).

Eubanks has alternated wins and losses over her four-fight career.

Eubanks and Montano have suffered all four of their combined career losses by decision.

Eubanks vs. Montano is the first title fight in UFC history in which both participants are coming off losses in professional competition.

Montano competes for a UFC title just 742 days after her professional debut.

Remaining card

Roxanne Modafferi

Roxanne Modafferi (21-13 MMA, 0-1 UFC) returns to UFC competition for the first time since November 2013.

Modafferi is 6-2 since her initial UFC release.

Modafferi has earned 13 of her 21 career victories by decision.

Barb Honchak (10-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), 38, is the oldest of the 22 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Honchak enters the event on a nine-fight winning streak. She hasn’t suffered an official defeat since September 2010.

Eric Spicely (10-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has earned both of his UFC victories by first-round submission in a total fight time of five minutes and 12 seconds.

Gerald Meerschaert

Gerald Meerschaert (26-8 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has earned 24 of his 26 carer victories by stoppage.

Meerschaert has earned both of his UFC victories by first-round submission.

Meerschaert is one of 10 fighters in UFC history to earn a submission victory by anaconda choke. He accomplished the feat at UFC Fight Night 102.

DeAnna Bennett (8-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) enters the event on a two-fight skid. She hasn’t earned an official victory since September 2015.

Joe Soto’s (18-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) three-fight UFC winning streak in bantamweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Jimmie Rivera (five) and Pedro Munhoz (four).

Soto is one of five fighters in UFC history to challenge for a title in his promotional debut. Gilbert Melendez, Liz Carmouche, Frank Trigg and Hayoto Sakurai are the others.

Brett Johns

Brett Johns’ (14-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) 14-fight MMA winning streak is the second longest among active UFC bantamweight fighters behind Rivera (20).

Johns’ 11 takedowns landed against Kwan Ho Kwak at UFC Fight Night 99 are the single-fight record for a UFC/WEC bantamweight bout.

Gillian Robertson (3-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), 22, is the youngest of the 22 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

For more on The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, check out the UFC Rumors 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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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for TUF 26 Finale in Las Vegas

We want your predictions for Friday’s TUF 26 Finale event in Las Vegas.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMAjunkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by today at 10 a.m. ET (7 a.m. PT).

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the TUF 26 Finale staff picks we release today ahead of the event. The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale takes place Friday at Park Theater in Las Vegas. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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Sijara Eubanks vs. Nicco Montano

Records: Sijara Eubanks (2-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Nicco Montano (3-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Past five: Eubanks 2-2, Montano 3-2
Division: Women’s flyweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 11/30/17): N/A

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Sean O’Malley vs. Terrion Ware

Records: Sean O’Malley (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Terrion Ware (17-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Past five: O’Malley 5-0, Ware 4-1
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Rankings: None
Odds (as of 11/30/17): O’Malley -260, Ware +200

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Barb Honchak vs. Roxanne Modafferi

Records: Barb Honchak (10-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Roxanne Modafferi (21-13 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Past five: Honchak 5-0, Modafferi 4-1
Division: Women’s flyweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 11/30/17): N/A

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Gerald Meerschaert vs. Eric Spicely

Records: Gerald Meerschaert (26-9 MMA, 2-1 UFC) vs. Eric Spicely (10-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC)
Past five: Meerschaert 4-1, Spielly 3-2
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 11/30/17): Meerschaert -185, Spicely +150

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DeAnna Bennett vs. Melinda Fabian

Records: DeAnna Bennett (8-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Melinda Fabian (4-3-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Past five: Bennett 2-3, Fabian 3-2
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Odds (as of 11/30/17): N/A

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Brett Johns vs. Joe Soto

Records: Brett Johns (14-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) vs. Joe Soto (18-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC)
Past five: Johns 5-0, Soto 3-2
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Odds (as of 11/30/17): Johns -190, Soto +155

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