Ultimate Fighter Finale: Jon "Bones" Jones a Class Act

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Ultimate Fighter Finale: Jon
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The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights finale aired this past Saturday night and we saw some interesting results.

 

Some of the more surprising results were Matt Mitrione being able to get up off his back against Marcus Jones on numerous occasions en route to a knockout victory early in the second round.

 

Marcus Jones still looks like a monster when it comes to clinching and getting the fight to the ground, but his stand up game really needs a lot of work.

 

Mitrione surprisingly showed a lot of respect for Marcus Jones saying he was surprised with Marcus' power. He also looked in better shape then he was on the show.

 

Another surprise was the three-round decision victory for Kimbo Slice against Houston Alexander.

 

Kimbo Slice winning wasn't a shock; either fighter had a good shot at winning this fight. Both Kimbo and Alexander have dynamite in their hands and they don't have much of a ground game.

 

On paper, this fight looked to be over early in the first round with somebody getting knocked out.

 

The first round was rather uneventful with Houston Alexander choosing to circle Kimbo for the full 3 minutes. A total of around five strikes were landed in Round one.

 

Rounds 1 and 2 were a little more eventful, Kimbo apparently has added judo to his arsenal with a very nice throw of Alexander followed by solid ground and pound.

 

In the end, both fighters landed some shots, but Kimbo did more to get the decision victory. Had Houston been a little more active and picked some shots in the first round maybe it would have gone his way.

 

The biggest surprise of the night was the disqualification victory for Mark Hamill against Jon "Bones" Jones.

 

The fight was pretty equal up until Jon Jones scored the take down on Matt Hamill.

From there Bones went into the mount and rained down ground and pound for what seemed to be an eternity. It was amazing that Hamill was able to defend intelligently against such a vicious assault.

 

Regardless of whether Hamill was defending or not, it looked like eventually the fight would be ended in the first round via TKO.

 

The fight did end in the first round, and no Matt Hamill didn't escape Jones' ground and pound and no Jones didn't win the fight.

 

Jones made the mistake of throwing two 12 o'clock to 6 o'clock elbows, which are illegal. The referee broke the action to stand it up and deduct a point from Jones.

 

Jon probably felt okay with the point deduction, figuring he'd finish Hamill off once the action resumed.

 

Unfortunately for both fighters, Matt Hamill could not continue because of what appeared to be a dislocated or broken shoulder.

 

Much to the surprise of the crowd, because of the illegal elbows and the fact that Hamil could not continue, Jones was disqualified and Hamill won the fight.

 

The decision was followed by boos from the crowd and a shocked look on Jones' face, it looked at first like he thought he had won.

 

The nicest surprise of the night was to see how well Jon Jones dealt with the defeat.

 

The 22-year-old Jon Jones, who up until tonight was 9-1, showed more class then some of the UFC's most seasoned veterans.

 

When asked about how he felt about the fight, Jones said he was just happy to be in the position he is in, he is happy to be healthy and that he accepts the loss. He feels that the loss will only make him come back stronger.

 

 

 

The final surprise of the night? Mixed Martial Arts' fattest man, Roy Big Country Nelson won the UFC contract.

 

Well, okay, maybe it wasn't a surprise that Nelson came away with the six-figure contract.

 

Nelson is a powerful guy with good cardio despite his physique. Nelson was the most seasoned fighter on this season of The Ultimate Fighter with a 14-4 professional record and a former IFL heavyweight champion.

 

What was surprising was the fact that his bread n' butter was to get guys to the ground and utilize his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ground skills to get guys in positions where he could finish the fight, that is not what happened.

 

Instead of finishing the fight on the ground, Nelson caught Schaub with a clean right that landed in the same place Brock Lesnar landed a fight-finishing punch on Randy Couture.

 

Schaub was out before he hit the ground despite the fact that many fans felt Schaub had the advantage in the stand up.

 

Hopefully fighters everywhere can take a chapter out of Jon Jones' book and instead of whining about a decision or loss, just taking the loss on the chin and using it as motivation to go forward.

 

Finally here is to hoping that Roy Nelson's performance motivates some of the overweight people in the world to get out there and be active.

 

Even if you are overweight, it doesn't mean you can't get out there and be active and competitive in sports.

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