Sean O'Malley vs. Terrion Ware booked for TUF 26 Finale in December

The next edition of the live finale of “The Ultimate Fighter” has its latest fight booking, and it comes in the bantamweight division.

Sean O’Malley (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will take on Terrion Ware (17-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the TUF 26 Finale in December. UFC officials made the announcement during the stream of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series on UFC Fight Pass.

The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale takes place Dec. 1 at Park Theatre in Las Vegas. The event will air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

O’Malley gets his first official crack at the UFC after picking up a knockout win over Alfred Khashakyan on the second installment of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in July. That kept The MMA Lab-based 22-year-old perfect as a pro at 8-0. All but one of his victories have been by stoppage, including six knockouts. Before his shot on DWCS 2, he knocked out David Nuzzo at LFA 11 in May with a spinning wheel kick.

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Ware made his promotional debut in July, but lost a unanimous decision to Cody Stamman at UFC 213 in Las Vegas. The setback snapped a four-fight winning streak for the 31-year-old Californian, whose resume includes wins under the RFA, BAMMA and ACB banners.

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

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MMAjunkie's 'Knockout of the Month' for July: Who had the best finish in a loaded month?

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With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie looks at the best knockouts from July. Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMAjunkie’s “Knockout of the Month” award for July.

At the bottom of the post, let us know if we got it right by voting on your choice.

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The Nominees

Galore Bofando def. Charlie Ward at UFC Fight Night 113

Galore Bofando (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) brought plenty of theatrics into his UFC debut against Charlie Ward (3-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC).

Bofando, who initially elicited some boos while dancing around the cage, took out welterweight Ward – one of UFC champ Conor McGregor’s teammates – with a toss/slam to the mat, which left him dazed and forced a quick stoppage.

Sean O’Malley def. Alfred Khashakyan at Dana White’s Contender Series 2

Sean O’Malley (8-0) styled on Alfred Khashakyan (8-4) for a little more than four minutes before he put the lights out for the knockout courtesy of a straight right hand.

The 22-year-old bantamweight made a huge impression when he put on a flashy display of striking in the dominant performance. He landed everything from spinning kicks to powerful punches, and while Khashakyan hung tough, he finally went down at the 4:14 mark of Round 1.

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Alex Oliveira def. Ryan LaFlare at UFC on FOX 25

Ryan LaFlare (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) used his formidable wrestling skills to smother Alex Oliveira for five minutes. But Oliveira (18-3-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) only needed a second to turn the tables.

Oliveira caught LaFlare reaching and laid him out with a perfect right hand, ending the welterweight bout at the 1:50 mark of the second round.

Volkan Oezdemir def. Jimi Manuwa at UFC 214

Less than six months after his promotional debut, Volkan Oezdemir (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) further cut the line of UFC light heavyweight contenders with another spectacular knockout.

Oezdemir stunned Jimi Manuwa (17-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) in the clinch before knocking him to the mat with a left hand, finishing the fight in stunning fashion just 42 seconds into the opening round.

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Jon Jones def. Daniel Cormier at UFC 214

Jon Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) reclaimed the UFC light heavyweight title by knocking out Daniel Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC), stopping his rival with a head kick and punches at the 3:01 mark of the third round.

Jones, returning from a 15-month layoff due to an anti-doping violation, made Cormier wade through dozens of kicks and punches before catching him off guard with the fight-changing shot. “Bones” swarmed and picked up his first finish by strikes since April 2013.

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The Winner: Galore Bofando

If you were to pick a way for Bofando to win his first UFC fight, it would probably be by some flashy kick. From the opening exchanges of his meeting with Ward, that appeared to be his best shot at victory.

You certainly wouldn’t guess a takedown reversal would lead to Ward unconscious on the mat, which is why Bofando’s debut was all the more remarkable.

Bofando’s first outing was called off at the 2:10 mark of the opening round after Ward tried to muscle him to the canvas and instead crashed head-first onto the mat, knocking him senseless. Referee Marc Goddard was right there to stop Ward from taking too much further punishment.

It was a bizarre sequence considering the initial skirmishes between Bofando and Ward. Bofando danced around the octagon, trying attacks you’d sooner see in a sport-karate competition than the octagon. A frustrated Ward banged his gloves together and tried unsuccessfully to slow Bofando down in the clinch. He tried to shame the UFC newcomer into a slugfest.

When that didn’t work, Ward got aggressive and held Bofando in a bodylock, pushing the fight into the cage. He had just started to elevate and twist Bofando’s body when his momentum was used against him.

“At the start, I just tried to size him up a bit, test the distance and test how strong he was,” Bofando said. “When we got into the clinch, I realized his legs were a bit weak, so I was able to turn him over and I dumped him on his head. He was strong, but it was pretty much what I was expecting from him, to be honest. Now we have to sit down as a team and discuss what’s next. There was talk of Artem Lobov before at 155 pounds, which could be an interesting fight. I think I (would) beat him.”

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Others left disappointed, but DWCS 2 winner Sean O'Malley had no doubt he'd get UFC contract

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LAS VEGAS – Undefeated Sean O’Malley was the only fighter who left Dana White’s Contender Series 2 on Tuesday night with a UFC contract. And he wasn’t surprised.

“I want to be a superstar, and I know I can be,” he told MMAjunkie after the fight. “That’s what’s going to happen.”

In the co-headliner of the five-bout card, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass from The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas, O’Malley (8-0) eventually picked apart bantamweight Alfred Khashakyan (8-4) to score a first-round knockout via a straight right.

“I wasn’t nervous one bit,” he said.

Here are the highlights of “Sugar’s” big win (via Twitter):

Afterward, the winners gathered, and O’Malley was told he was the only one who receiving a UFC contract. UFC President Dana White said O’Malley is “kid has the style and the mentality to be a star.” The 22-year-old, who was coming off a spinning-wheel-kick knockout of David Nuzzo at LFA 11 in May, is now 8-0 with seven stoppage (six knockouts and a submission).

He isn’t surprised he’s leaving Vegas with a UFC contract.

“I was 100 percent confident (I’d get one),” O’Malley said. “All those guys – I like all of those (other guys who fought tonight), and they fought hard – but I went out there and put on a show. I do that every fight.”

Check out the full interview above.

For more on “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 2,” check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Angel DeAnda vs. Daniel Spohn headlines 'Dana White's Contender Series: Week 2' on July 18

The five-fight lineup for the second edition of the new “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” has been revealed.

UFC officials announced the full card for “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 2,” which takes place July 18 at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas and streams live on UFC Fight Pass. A light heavyweight fight of Angel DeAnda (18-5) vs. Daniel Spohn (15-5) serves as the featured bout.

Additional contests include Alfred Khashakyan (8-3) vs. Sean O’Malley (6-0), featherweights Thanh Le (6-1) vs. Lazar Stojadinovic (12-5), welterweights Michael Cora (4-1) vs. Sidney Outlaw (7-3), and flyweights C.J. Hamilton (11-4) vs. Casey Kenney (6-0-1).

A California-based fighter, DeAnda is likely best known for a two-fight stint under the WSOF banner, where he suffered back-to-back decision losses to Tyrone Spong and Krasimir Mladenov. However, he’s currently in better form and is riding a six-fight winning streak. The 32-year-old has earned 14 of his career wins via knockout.

Meanwhile, Spohn was a cast member on “The Ultimate Fighter 19” who fought once officially in the octagon. The 32-year-old suffered a decision loss to Patrick Walsh. Spohn has since gone 7-1 in eight fights on the regional scene and now hopes to catch the eye of UFC President Dana White.

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series debuts on July 11. The series features a mix of former UFC fighters, journeymen and hot prospects.

The full “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 2” line up includes:

  • Angel DeAnda vs. Dan Spohn
  • Alfred Khashakyan vs. Sean O’Malley
  • Thanh Le vs. Lazar Stojadinovic
  • Michael Cora vs. Sidney Outlaw
  • Cee Jay Hamilton vs Casey Kenney

For more on “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 2,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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