Trio of fights added to UFC Fight Night 124 in St. Louis

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The fight card for the UFC’s debut event in St. Louis has three new additions.

The UFC Fight Night 124 matchups include welterweights Zak Cummings (21-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC) vs. Thiago Alves (22-11 MMA, 14-8 UFC), lightweights Marco Polo Reyes (7-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Matt Frevola (6-0 MMA, UFC), and lightweights James Krause (24-7 MMA, 5-3 UFC) vs. Alex White (12-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC).

UFC Fight Night 124 takes place Jan. 14 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Cummings, a 33-year-old wrestler based out of Missouri, looks for the first three-fight winning streak of his UFC career following recent submissions wins over Alexander Yakovlev and Nathan Coy. He meets former title challenger Alves, a 34-year-old Brazilian who recently halted a two-fight skid with a decision victory over Patrick Cote in April. A subsequent booking with Mike Perry was scrapped in September after a hurricane forced Alves to pull out of the fight.

Reyes, a 33-year-old Mexican fighter, was on a four-fight winning streak before a recent TKO loss to James Vick. He now meets Frevola, a 27-year-old promotional newcomer who submitted Jose Flores at DWCS 8 in August.

Krause, 31, recently moved from lightweight to welterweight to score a decision victory over Tom Gallicchio for his third straight win. He takes on White, a 29-year-old Missouri native who recently score a TKO victory over Mitch Clarke for his second victory in three fights.

The latest UFC Fight Night 124 card now includes:

  • Vitor Belfort vs. Uriah Hall
  • Thiago Alves vs. Zak Cummings
  • Matt Frevola vs. Marco Polo Reyes
  • James Krause vs. Alex White

For more on UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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James Krause returning to lightweight at UFC Fight Night 124 in St. Louis

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After much deliberation, James Krause will return to the UFC lightweight division for his next bout.

Following a stint on Season 25 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series in which he competed at welterweight, Krause (24-7 MMA, 5-3 UFC) was struggling to decide whether staying put in the division or moving back down to his regular home at lightweight would be in his best interest going forward.

Krause defeated Tom Gallicchio by unanimous decision at the TUF 25 Finale in July but doesn’t feel his current frame is appropriate for 170 pounds. Krause said he’ll return to 155 for his next bout, which he revealed is scheduled to take place Jan. 14 at the FS1-televised UFC Fight Night 124 in St. Louis.

“It’ll be about two years since I’ve made the weight; 23 months on weigh-in (day) for when I made (lightweight) last,” Krause told MMAjunkie. “I had that staph infection after the show, and I lost a lot of weight. I really just haven’t put on the weight that I once had. I’m walking a little bit lighter than I used to. Normally I would be walking at 190, 195. I’m between 180 and 185 now. We’ll see what that looks like.

“That’s what I’m trying to do is just get to where I need to be. If I do decide to go back to welterweight, I’m going to need to take some time off and put on some lean muscle and get a little bit stronger.”

Krause, 31, would not reveal the name of his opponent at UFC Fight Night 124, but hinted it’s a matchup fans will be eager to watch. Krause is currently riding a three-fight winning streak in official UFC bouts but experienced defeat in an exhibition affair on “TUF 25.”

The “Redemption” season of the reality series featured a crop of returning fighters from past seasons of the show. Krause was the only active member of the UFC roster who was on the cast, and he wanted to do that after being bounced in the elimination round on Season 15.

Krause made it to the semifinals of the tournament before losing to eventual winner Jesse Taylor by third-round submission. He didn’t accomplish his overall goal of winning the tournament, but Krause said he took many positives away from the experience that will help his career going forward.

“The phenomenal thing about ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ is a feel like there’s multiple ways to win that show,” Krause said. “Although I didn’t win that competition, I do feel like I won the show, if that makes any sense at all. I set goals, multiple goals for when I went on there. I know I didn’t win the competition, but I definitely feel like I made the most of the show.

“I used the time to make myself presentable, make myself likable, and I’ve gained a much bigger following because of it. I’m not happy I didn’t win, but I think that’s what’s great about that show. There’s so many variables.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC-Norfolk broadcast plans set for FS1, including James Krause's analyst debut

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The UFC’s fourth event in Virginia takes place Saturday when UFC Fight Night 120 goes down from Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, and it’ll feature the in-studio analyst debut of a current UFC fighter.

The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass and is headlined by a lightweight bout between former UFC champ Anthony Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) and Dustin Poirier (21-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC).

A FOX Sports official today told MMAjunkie that UFC welterweight James Krause (24-7 MMA, 5-3 UFC) will join the studio crew for the first time. He will accompany UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and retired former title challenger Kenny Florian at the desk, while Todd Grisham serves as host. Laura Sanko is set to conduct backstage interviews from Virginia.

Krause will join the crew for Friday’s weigh-in show on FS1, as well as the post-fight show on the same channel following the event.

Doing commentary cageside for UFC Fight Night 120 will be the combination of Jon Anik and UFC lightweight Paul Felder (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC).

The full UFC Fight Night 120 card includes:

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

  • Anthony Pettis vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez
  • Junior Albini vs. Andrei Arlovski
  • Cezar Ferreira vs. Nate Marquardt
  • Raphael Assuncao vs. Matthew Lopez
  • Clay Guida vs. Joe Lauzon

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

  • John Dodson vs. Marlon Moraes
  • Viviane Pereira vs. Tatiana Suarez
  • Sage Northcutt vs. Michel Quinones
  • Nina Ansaroff vs. Angela Hill

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

  • Court McGee vs. Sean Strickland
  • Jake Collier vs. Marcel Fortuna
  • Karl Roberson vs. Darren Stewart

For more on UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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James Krause undecided on 155 or 170 pounds, will go where fun fights await

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LAS VEGAS – Semifinalist James Krause may not have gotten that fat $290,000 check but, the way he sees it, he’s not walking away from “The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption” empty-handed.

In a season of “TUF” alumni looking for new chances at a UFC careers Krause stood out as the only cast member who still had an active UFC contract. Krause had a solid run until Jesse Taylor – who went on to become the season winner – took him out of the running with a guillotine choke in the third round of their semifinal-round bout.

Krause (24-7 MMA, 5-3 UFC) wound up hospitalized with a bad staph infection after the show, but he still had enough time to recover before the finale on Friday – and earn a unanimous-decision win over fellow semifinalist Tom Gallicchio (19-10 MMA, 0-1 UFC).

Sure, Krause didn’t take the “TUF” crown. But that wasn’t the only thing he had in mind when he took on a challenge that, both career-wise and financially, he didn’t really have to take.

“I know the best fighter doesn’t always win that show; it’s been proven time and time again,” Krause told reporters after the FS1-televised preliminary-card welterweight scrap at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “And the No. 1 pick, all that (expletive), that all goes out the window. None of it matters there. That show is a different beast.

“I went in that show with goals and aspirations, regardless if I won or lost. I’m definitely taking advantage of those. I’m getting a lot of opportunities, I’m getting a lot of exposure. I mean, look at you (reporters) right here. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a line like this, ever, outside of any of my other wins. So my goal is accomplished.”

Moving forward, Krause is not yet sure where his octagon road will take him – or even in which division it might take place. A habitual 155-pounder, he competed both in the house and at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale as a welterweight. And, even with the pounds his hospital stint helped shed, he still had some cutting to do.

That’s not to say he’s done with making the lightweight limit. It’s all going to depend on the type of competition made available. And by that, he doesn’t mean well-ranked or title-ready types. Krause just wants risk-takers who are as invested in finishing him as he is in finishing them.

“(Lightweight) is difficult and (welterweight) is not hard, but it’s not easy either, so I don’t really know,” Krause said. “I think we’re going to try one at 170. I talked to Sean, and I said ‘Hey man, give me some fun matchups. Don’t give me some bull(expletive)-ass wrestler that’s going to try to lay on me. Give me fun. I’m an entertainer.’

“I don’t give a (expletive) about rankings, titles. You guys can criticize me all you want. I don’t care about that (expletive). I want to make money, and I want to entertain. If that means me climbing up the ladder on the way, then let’s do it. I want to be on fun fights.”

As for who could give him those scraps, Krause won’t point out specific names (“Man, that’s your guys’ job,” he said). He just wants to entertain. So much so that the jiu-jitsu black belt has adjusted his style to fit what he sees as the casual fans’ preference for striking battles.

Which, he clarifies, doesn’t mean ground fighters can’t put on exciting displays. He’s sure the right opponents are out there. Either way, Krause just wants to showcase some “crazy (expletive).”

“Anybody that likes to strike, anybody that’s exciting to watch,” Krause said. “Those are the guys I want to fight.”

And what happens should he get his wish – but ends up getting his current three-fight winning streak snapped in the process?

“I don’t give a (expletive),” Krause said. “I’ve been beat up in front of millions of people for. I don’t give a (expletive), bro. That’s the thing, that’s what makes me dangerous – I don’t care if I win or lose. I don’t need this (expletive). My paycheck’s coming in regardless, bro.”

To hear Krause’s full scrum, check out the video above.

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

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TUF 25 Finale results: James Krause sweeps gritty 'TUF' roommate Tom Gallicchio

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In the opening moments of the fight Tom Gallicchio found himself exactly where he wanted to be, which was glued to James Krause’s back and looking for a choke.

It would prove to be his last good moment in the fight, as Krause (24-7 MMA, 5-3 UFC) scrambled to his feet and then took control of the fight, battering a game but outmatched Gallicchio (19-10 MMA, 0-1 UFC) en route to a unanimous decision victory.

The welterweight bout was part of the preliminary card for today’s UFC event, The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Gallicchio had his best opportunity right off the bat, when he caught a Krause leg kick and used it to seal an early takedown. When Krause attempted to scramble up, that gave Gallicchio the chance to take his back, which would prove to be the last moment of the fight when Krause wasn’t in complete control.

Because once Krause escaped to his feet, his superior striking almost immediately took over, hammering Gallicchio with with head kicks and straight punches as Gallicchio fired and came up short again and again.

It didn’t take long for Krause to bloody Gallicchio, smashing his nose and sticking him every time he took a forward step, but Gallicchio simply wouldn’t go away. Even in the final round, with Krause’s lead on the scorecards obvious to all, Gallicchio kept attacking, even when it meant eating a jumping knee from Krause in the final minute.

By the time it went to the scorecards, all three judges had it 30-27 for Krause.

“It’s tough,” Krause said. “There were four of us in the same room while we were in the (‘Ultimate Fighter’) house. I fought Ramsey (Nijem), who slept right above me; Jesse (Taylor), who slept across from me; and I fought Tom, who was in the top bunk. I got three out of the three that were in my room, so it was a little bit awkward. In 50-something fights, Tom is the first friend I’ve ever fought – and it was tough.

“Honestly, I was doing some tactics in the octagon. I was talking to him. I was kind of talking (expletive) to him, and I felt bad afterward. I know he’s a guy who thrives off the underdog thing, and I couldn’t let him into the UFC nicely. At this level, every advantage counts, so I did everything I could to make it a little harder on him. I’m going to talk to my coaches and my team about whether or not I’m going to stay at 170. That’s a big question right now.”

The win makes it three in a row in the UFC for Krause, who came up short in the semifinals of the “TUF 25” tournament. Gallicchio has now lost two straight.

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

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

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Tom Gallicchio vs. James Krause joins Dhiego Lima vs. Jesse Taylor to complete TUF 25 Finale lineup

Semifinalists Tom Galicchio (19-9 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and James Krause (23-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC) will square off at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale.

UFC officials tonight announced the two “The Ultimate Fighter 25” cast members will square off at the season’s live finale shortly after the final taped episode of the season aired on FS1. Both welterweights came up short in their semifinal contests – Gallicchio losing a decision to Dhiego Lima, while Krause was submitted byJesse Taylor.

Lima (12-5 MMA, 1-3 UFC) and Taylor (30-15 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meet in “The Ultimate Fighter 25” tournament final, with the winner earning $250,000.

The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale takes place Friday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Galicchio was a cast member on “The Ultimate Fighter 22,” where he picked up a submission win over Mike Flach before suffering a decision loss to Marcin Wrzosek and openly questioning his future in the sport. Still, he came back to show for this season’s “Redemption” offer, downing UFC veterans Eddie Gordon and Justin Edwards before falling short against Lima.

Menawhile, Krause was an active member of the UFC roster but still elected to chase the sizable prize money offered on the show. He downed Johnny Nunez and Ramsey Nijem before losing to Taylor.

With the additions to the card, The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Michael Johnson vs. Justin Gaethje
  • Dhiego Lima vs. Jesse Taylor – “TUF 25” welterweight tournament final
  • Marc Diakiese vs. Drakkar Klose
  • Jared Cannonier vs. Nick Roehrick
  • Brad Tavares vs. Elias Theodorou
  • Marcel Fortuna vs. Jordan Johnson

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Tom Galicchio vs. James Krause
  • Angela Hill vs. Ashley Yoder
  • C.B. Dollaway vs. Ed Herman
  • Jessica Eye vs. Aspen Ladd

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

  • Teruto Ishihara vs. Gray Maynard
  • Juliana Lima vs. Tecia Torres

For more on The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Episode No. 12 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption'

Episode No. 12 of “The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption” opens with coach T.J. Dillashaw introducing the arrival of special guest coach Tim Elliott, who won Season 24 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series.

Elliott has trained in Colorado with Dillashaw and Duane Ludwig in the past and is also a good friend of Team Dillashaw’s James Krause, who is tentatively scheduled to fight Team Dillashaw’s Jesse Taylor later in the episode.

Both fighters begin preparation for the second semifinal, which will determine who fights Dhiego Lima on Friday at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale. There’s still uncertainty around Krause’s eye, though, as he has yet to be officially cleared for competition after suffering a cornea scratch in his quarterfinal win.

Several fighters are staying prepared in the event Krause cannot fight. Krause visits the doctor, and after some tests, he’s granted clearance for his bout with Taylor.

Krause is thrilled to “put the drama behind” and finally be able to place 100 percent of his focus on the upcoming fight.

Back at the “TUF” house, Elliott and Zak Cummings visit to spend some time with their friend, Krause, ahead of his fight. Many of the eliminated athletes begin to indulge in the free alcohol supply, and while outside some words are exchanged between Elliott and Team Garbrandt’s Seth Baczynski. That leads to Baczynski throwing a water bottle at Elliott just before the fighters return inside the house.

Baczynski and Julian Lane grow frustrated with Elliott’s talking, and they crowd the flyweight fighter. Lane repeatedly pushes Elliott, who begins laughing and mocks Lane’s infamous, “Let me bang, bro” moment. The situation essentially explodes with a lot of shoving and even some punch attempts. Eventually an extremely heated Lane and Justin Edwards force Elliott and Cummings to leave the house.

The frustration continues inside, though, with Baczynski confronting Krause over the fact his friends and training partners from outside the competition were at the house. There’s more physicality between them, with Baczynski pushing Krause in the face before being separated.

Taylor, who is scheduled to fight Krause later in the episode, is holding his upcoming opponent back and attempting to keep him calm. Krause eventually walks away from the situation and returns to his room where he can focus on his upcoming fight.

At the official weigh-ins, Krause and Taylor come in under the required 171-pound welterweight limit.

Fight day arrives, and after warmups take place in the locker rooms, both fighters enter the octagon for the final “TUF 25” semifinal bout.

Team Dillashaw’s James Krause (23-7) vs. Team Dillashaw’s Jesse Taylor (30-15)

Round 1 – Krause opens with a front kick to the body. Krause changes levels and scores with a single leg takedown. Taylor gets right back up and attacks with a takedown of his own. Krause attempts to scramble but Taylor keeps top position. Taylor lands a hard elbow and some short ground and pound while Krause begins primary submission attacks. Taylor’s top control is solid for the time being, but Krause catches him overly aggressive and sweeps into top position. Krause is now the one on top peppering his opponent with strikes before Taylor gives up his back. He turns over before Krause can do anything with it, and Taylor is on top. Taylor lands a flurry of hard blows, which forces Krause to work for an escape. He gets to his feet, but Taylor is glued to him and immediately secures another takedown. Taylor batters Krause from on top until the end of the round.

Round 2 – Krause opens with a body kick, but Taylor immediately goes for the takedown. After a brief struggle Taylor gets on top and moves Krause’s body toward the fence where he can work his strikes. Taylor advances to half guard and delivers a steady stream of offense, which prevents a stand-up and Krause is doing little to get off his back. There are several scramble, but each time Taylor finds a way to end up with top control. Krause is cut open on his forehead from Taylor’s strikes. Taylor puts in solid work for the remainder of the round to close out one of the most lopsided rounds of the season.

Round 3 – Krause throws a head kick to open the round, which falls just short. To no surprise, Taylor immediately closes the distance and makes good on a takedown near the fence. Krause is clearly more desperate to stay off his back, but Taylor’s strength and control is an utter nightmare. Taylor eventually advances to Krause’s back, then takes the mount. Taylor locks his arms under Krause’s neck for a guillotine choke and uses all his leverage until Krause goes unconscious, and the referee steps in to stop the fight.

Jesse Taylor def. James Krause via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3

Taylor, who made the finals during Season 7 of “The Ultimate Fighter” but was pulled from the finale due to an outside-the-cage incident, is absolutely thrilled with his victory.

“I can’t believe this is happening again – incredible,” Taylor says after his victory. “I finally finished the job; it’s been nine years in the making. I feel exuberant. I couldn’t be more proud of myself. I couldn’t ask for more. It’s like a dream.”

Taylor joins Lima at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale on Friday’s FS1-televised card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Early prelims stream on UFC Fight Pass.

Taylor and Lima have a staredown inside the octagon before the episode comes to a close.

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Episode No. 11 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption'

Episode No. 11 of “The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption” opens with focus on the upcoming semifinal matchups, which pits two pairs of Team Dillashaw fighters against one another, with Dhiego Lima vs. Tom Gallicchio and James Krause vs. Jesse Taylor

There’s concern about the condition of Krause’s eye, though, because he suffered a scratched cornea in the quarterfinal round. UFC President Dana White informs coach Cody Garbrandt that if Krause is not ready to go he can bring back any member of his team to the competition.

Team Dillashaw is not pleased with White’s decision. Ramsey Nijem in particular thinks he should get another opportunity and is complaining about the situation, which irritates Gilbert Smith. The Team Dillashaw members get into somewhat of a heated argument, but the tension eventually fizzles.

Preparation for the first semifinal between Lima and Gallicchio begins. As has been the case for all the matchups between Team Dillashaw fighters, head coach T.J. Dillashaw gives both fighters maximum attention in the training room. However, he won’t appear in either corner during the fight to remain impartial.

During a break in training, the team Dillashaw fighters and coaching staff overtake the Team Garbrandt locker room. They paint the walls blue, which represents their team color and hang Team Dillashaw signs and photos on the walls.

Once Team Garbrandt arrives at the gym, they tear down all the photos and write, “Snake Free Zone” on the walls.

Back at the “TUF” house, Krause is beginning to grow frustrated with his surrounding fighters. He’s constantly being asked about the condition of his eye and whether he will be able to compete. It turns into an argument with Team Garbrandt’s Johnny Nunez, which goes on for several minutes.

During the next Team Garbrandt training session, coach Dillashaw sneaks into the locker room with a number of live snakes in his possession. He places them in the center of the locker room, which turns into a comical scene once Team Garbrandt returns from training.

At the official weigh-ins, Lima and Gallicchio come in under the required 171-pound welterweight limit. A friendly staredown follows, with both fighters smiling as they pose.

Fight day arrives, and after warmups take place in the locker rooms, both fighters enter the octagon for the first “TUF 25” semifinal bout.

Team Dillashaw’s Dhiego Lima (12-5) vs. Team Dillashaw’s Tom Gallicchio (19-9)

Round 1 – Gallicchio opens with leg kicks and is pumping his jab. Lima pops him with a straight shot up the middle and is moving around the octagon as Gallicchio is more flat-footed. Lima lands a hard body kick, but Gallicchio keeps pushing forward. Gallicchio is looking to close the distance, but Lima is keeping his range. Gallicchio shoots for his first takedown, but it’s easily stuffed. Gallicchio is throwing hooks while Lima connects with better straight punches. Lima nearly misses with a hard right hand; Gallicchio is responding with decent shots at every turn. The pace of the striking is picking up, and Lima shuts down another takedown attempt. Lima lands a nice overhand right. Gallicchio shoots again, but Lima sprawls. Lima is finding his range on the feet, which is beginning to pose issues for Gallicchio. Both sides pick their shots over the final minute of the round, but nothing decisive lands.

Round 2 – Gallicchio shoots for a takedown right away and gets in deep on it. Lima rejects him, though, and lands a powerful knee to the face of Gallicchio on the break. Gallicchio isn’t deterred and keeps moving forward. He’s taking combinations from Lima, which forces him into another takedown attempt. He nearly grounds Lima but can’t get control on the floor. They fight along the fence before Lima escapes. Lima snaps Gallicchio’s head back with a right cross, and he’s gaining confidence. Gallicchio looks to be slowing down and eats a partially blocked head kick as a result. Lima is landing dynamic striking combinations and working Gallicchio’s legs with kicks. Gallicchio changes levels for another takedown, but Lima isn’t having any of it. Lima grabs the fence to stop a takedown, which causes referee Herb Dean to stop the action. He takes one point away from Lima, changing the entire dynamic of the fight. Both fighters have a little more urgency, and Gallicchio shoots for a takedown. It’s not even close, and he absorbs more hard strikes. Lima is picking Gallicchio apart over the final minute until the horn sounds.

Round 3 – They hug to start the round and then Lima blasts off a body kick. Gallicchio’s takedown attempts continue to be denied by Lima, who is seeing everything coming in the striking and grappling departments. Gallicchio lands an overhand right, which is probably his best strike of the fight, but Lima is not rattled. Gallicchio has more of his takedown attempts stuffed and is visibly exhausted. Lima begins to batter him with punches, which causes referee Dean to warn him to fight back. Gallicchio’s takedown attempts have nothing on them at this point, which allows Lima to stock him around the octagon and land punches at will. Gallicchio gets deep on the legs as Lima gets overly aggressive and for the first time in the fight has solid top position. Lima attempts to kick his opponent off but Gallicchio has strong grappling and sticks to him. Lima is fighting hard to stand up, but Gallicchio takes side control. Lima finally scrambles up to his feet, and Gallicchio has almost nothing left in the tank. Gallicchio goes for one final takedown, but it’s thwarted. Lima shoots for his own takedown in the final seconds and finishes the fight on top, pounding Gallicchio with strikes.

Dhiego Lima def. Tom Gallicchio via unanimous decision

Lima becomes the first fighter to advance to the “TUF 25” tournament finals, and perhaps more impressively, becomes the first athlete in the history of the reality series to make it to the finals twice.

He lost to Eddie Gordon in the “TUF 19” finals, but Lima isn’t planning to have history repeat itself.

“I feel great; I’m back in the finals,” Lima says after his win. “This is what I came here for. Now it’s time to take it home.”

Lima received praise from coach Dillashaw for his accomplishment.

“Dhiego’s had a great attitude this entire season,” Dillashaw says. “So I’m happy for him. A good human being is moving on to the finals, and I’m happy for him.”

Lima will compete at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale on July 7, and his opponent will be decided on the next episode when Taylor fights either Krause or his yet-to-be-determined injury replacement.

Also see:

 

Catch new episodes of “The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption” 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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Episode No. 10 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption'

Episode No. 10 of “The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption” opens with official weigh-ins for the upcoming quarterfinal bout between Team Dillashaw’s Jesse Taylor and Team Garbrandt’s Hayder Hassan.

Before things can get started, though, head coaches Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw begin a verbal back-and-forth stemming from Dillashaw’s new T-shirt design, which features a snake around the “Killashaw” slogan. Garbrandt criticizes the shirt, but Dillashaw doesn’t appear bothered.

“I told Cody he’s so obsessed with me he might as well hold on to my pocket and follow me around, make Cody my (expletive),” Dillashaw says. “He’s so into what I have going on in my life. I could care less what he’s doing.”

Team Garbrandt assistant coach Justin Buchholz joins the conversation, telling Dillashaw that he “left the team in (expletive) shambles” when he parted ways with Team Alpha Male and went to train with Duane Ludwig in Colorado.

“I love Team Alpha Male, I really do,” Garbrandt says. “It saved my life and I’ll defend that as many times as I can. It’s Team Alpha Male against everybody and T.J. and Duane are on the chopping blocks and I’m ready to cut the snake’s head off.”

Weigh-ins for the fight take place, and both Taylor and Hassan come in under the required 171-pound welterweight limit, making the third tournament quarterfinal official. The bickering between the coaches continues but cooler heads eventually prevail.

Fight day arrives. Both fighters finalize preparation with their coaches backstage at the “TUF” gym, and finally, the competition continues.

Team Dillashaw’s Jesse Taylor (30-15) vs. Team Garbrandt’s Hayder Hassan (6-3)

Round 1 – Hassan opens with a front kick which narrowly misses and Taylor fires back with a body kick. Taylor changes levels to attempt a takedown and chains several moves together before planting Hassan on the mat. Taylor quickly takes the back of his opponent and is working for a choke. Hassan spins out, but finds himself back within Taylor’s grip and is slammed to the canvas again. Taylor steps over into mount and is peppering Hassan with short punches. Taylor finally gets into an appropriate position to lock in the rear-naked choke and Hassan is doing everything he can to survive. Taylor finally secures it and Hassan is forced to tap out to the submission.

Jesse Taylor def. Hayder Hassan via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1

Taylor becomes the third fighter to advance to the semifinal round, joining Team Dillashaw teammates Tom Gallicchio and Dhiego Lima. All Team Garbrandt fighters have officially been eliminated from the competition, which is a joyous moment for coach Dillashaw.

“It was such a great feeling to know all of Team Garbrandt is gone,” Dillashaw says. “I did my job, I came here to do what I was supposed to do. I don’t want to be a jerk about it but it’s definitely a great feeling to shut Cody out and shut his mouth.”

Scenes immediately shift to weigh-ins for the fourth and final quarterfinal tournament bout, which will pit Team Dillashaw’s James Krause against Team Dillashaw’s Ramsey Nijem. Both fighters come in under the required 171-pound welterweight limit. A tense staredown follows.

Fight day arrives. Both fighters finalize preparation with their coaches backstage at the “TUF” gym, and the competition continues.

Team Dillashaw’s James Krause (23-7) vs. Team Dillashaw’s Ramsey Nijem (9-6)

Round 1 – Krause opens with a low kick but Nijem pressures forward with wild striking combinations. Krause times one of the punches and ducks under the complete an easy double leg takedown. Krause is swarming from on top and attempting to establish a dominant position. He’s landing short punches but Nijem does a good job keeping himself out of a danger from the bottom. Nijem attempts to kick his opponent off but ends up giving up his back. He scrambles and gets back up to his feet but eats a pair of clinch knees for his troubles. Nijem continues to push forward with his strikes and Krause is looking to counter. Both sides eat hard shots before Krause initiates the clinch again and drags his opponent down to the canvas. Krause can’t do much on the mat before Nijem finds his way back to the feet. Krause is standing on the outside throwing a lot of kicks while Nijem attacks with punches. Nijem completes a takedown new the end of the round but there’s not enough time to do anything with it.

Round 2 – The pace is slower to start the second round. Nijem is beginning to find his range with the punches while Krause attempts to counterstrike. Nijem goes for another takedown and lands a number of hard punches on Krause as he puts him down. Nijem gets too aggressive, though, and falls over the top of Krause into bottom position. Krause is riding out the position and attempting to take the back but Nijem stands back up. Nijem is connecting more and more with his punches then takes Krause down again. Nijem opens a cut on Krause’s forehead and inflicting some solid damage to the eye. Krause fights his way back up but drops down for a guillotine choke which is easily escaped by Nijem. He spends a solid amount of time on top before Krause returns to his feet. Nijem holds Krause against the fence until time expires.

Round 3 – Both men are exhausted but Krause does a nice job pumping the jab early. He lands an uppercut as well but Nijem explodes into a takedown. He can’t keep Krause down, though, and ends up in a headlock position. Krause reverses onto the back and is working to get his forearm under the neck for a choke. Nijem turns over and has Krause on top of him in the guard. Krause is riding out the position and battering Nijem with more solid strikes. Krause spends several minutes on top before Nijem finally gets to his feet with less than 60 seconds remaining. Nijem attacks aggressive and puts Krause on his back with another takedown. Nijem is unleashing everything he can in the waining seconds but time expires with Krause attempting a guillotine choke.

James Krause def. Ramsey Nijem via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Krause becomes the fourth and final fighter to advance to the semifinals. UFC President Dana White invites both coaches into his office to deliberate the semifinal matchups.

White reveals that Krause may not be able to compete in the next round because of damage sustained to his eye, which is swollen almost entirely shut. A replacement will be brought in if that’s the case, but Krause will get a few days to recover before a decision is made.

After some discussions, the matchups are decided: Dhiego Lima vs. Tom Gallicchio and James Krause vs. Jesse Taylor.

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Catch new episodes of “The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption” 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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Episode No. 8 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption'

Episode No. 8 of “The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption” opens with fight preparation for Team Garbrandt’s Hayder Hassan, who meets Team Dillashaw’s Joe Stevenson in the special wild card fight later in the episode.

Hassan was eliminated by Dhiego Lima on Episode No. 4, while Stevenson was bounced by Justin Edwards on Episode No. 7. The season is labeled “Redemption” for a reason, though, and both fighters were brought back for another chance to advance in the tournament and earn the $250,000 prize.

Stevenson’s preparation with Team Dillashaw must be tailored with a particular amount of caution, though, because “Joe Daddy” is just six days removed from the bout with Edwards. He wasn’t badly beaten up in the decision loss, and as a longtime veteran of the sport, Stevenson feels he’s more capable than any other cast member to make a quick turnaround.

There has never been a two-time winner of “TUF,” but Stevenson wants to make history and be the first.

Weigh-ins for the fight take place, and both Hassan and Stevenson come in under the required 171-pound welterweight limit, making the eighth tournament fight official.

Fight day arrives, and the athletes are ready for the eighth and final opening-round tournament bout. Both fighters finalize preparation with their coaches backstage at the “TUF” gym, and finally the competition continues.

Team Dillashaw’s Joe Stevenson (33-16) vs. Team Garbrandt’s Hayder Hassan (6-3)

Round 1 – Hassan opens with a body kick that lands on the arms of his opponent. Stevenson changes levels for a takedown, but Hassan easily brushes him off and keeps his space. Stevenson is looking to close the distance and create a grappling or clinch scenario, but Hassan perfectly times his aggression and launches a right uppercut that blasts Stevenson on the chin. Stevenson immediately goes down and Hassan lands a pair of hammerfists to his fallen opponent before the referee dives in to halt the action just 18 second in.

Hayden Hassan def. Joe Stevenson via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:18

After the fight, coach Cody Garbrandt immediately rips opposing coach T.J. Dillashaw for allowing Stevenson to compete in another bout just six days after his previous contest.

“It was bittersweet,” Garbrandt says. “Hayder’s a knockout artist, I’m a big fan of Hayder, but it was bittersweet seeing Joe get knocked out. I told T.J. that was going to happen. He was in a fight six days before that that he was pretty hurt in. I don’t know if that contributed to that, but it definitely didn’t help him out.”

Nevertheless, Hassan wins the wildcard fight and becomes the second Team Garbrandt fighter to advance to the quarterfinals, joining Edwards. Team Dillashaw, meanwhile, has six fighters in the next round.

UFC President Dana White decides on the four quarterfinal matchups, which shape up as follows:

Fight preparation begins for the opening quarterfinal, which will see Team Dillashaw’s Gallicchio take on Team Garbrandt’s Edwards. It’s one of two matchups that will pit opposing team members against one another, and both fighters are thankful they don’t have to deal with a teammate vs. teammate situation – at least not yet.

With a break in training, it’s time for the annual “Coaches Challenge.” This season, head coaches Dillashaw and Garbrandt clash in a game of water tetherball. The winning coach receives $10,000 while each member of the their team gets a $1,500 prize.

Both fighters admit they have minimal experience playing tetherball and Dillashaw falls into the water before the game even begins. Garbrandt takes a dominant 8-4 lead in the game up to 10, but Dillashaw stages a huge rally to tie it at 8 apiece.

Dillashaw completes his comeback of six consecutive points and pulls off the victory. He wins the prize for himself and his team, and Dillashaw says of Garbrandt, “I watched him give up.”

Weigh-ins for the fight take place, and both Gallicchio and Edwards come in under the required 171-pound welterweight limit, making the first tournament quarterfinal official.

Fight day arrives, and the athletes are ready for the quarterfinals to begin. Both fighters finalize preparation with their coaches backstage at the “TUF” gym, and finally, the competition continues.

Team Dillashaw’s Tom Gallicchio (19-9) vs. Team Garbrandt’s Justin Edwards (9-5) – quarterfinal

Round 1 – Gallicchio opens with a right hand, but Edwards come back with a crisp combination. Gallicchio walks forward but is eating shots every time he moves in Edwards’ direction. Edwards tags Gallicchio with more clean punches before a right hand catches him hard on the chin and drops Gallicchio to the canvas. Gallicchio bounces up and immediately dives at the legs of Edwards, who sprawls. Edwards grabs the neck and drops for a guillotine choke, but he’s too high on the neck and Gallicchio manages to escape the position. A scramble ensues, and Gallicchio comes out on Edwards’ back. He locks in the body triangle before working the neck for a rear-naked choke. Gallicchio gets his hands in proper position and squeezes hard on the submission, forcing Edwards to tap out.

Tom Gallicchio def. Justin Edwards via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1

Gallicchio becomes the first fighter to advance to the semifinals and is pleased with how he’s performed in the competition thus far.

“It’s pretty amazing; I was broke, dead broke,” Gallicchio says. “I didn’t know where the next meal was coming from sometimes. It’s unreal (to win two finishing bonuses). I’m going to be smart, I’m going to invest it and buy some more candy machines, and get them out there.”

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Catch new episodes of “The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption” 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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