MMAFrenzy’s coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 16 continues with our play-by-play of tonight’s headlining bouts between Matt Mitrione and Roy Nelson, and The Ultimate Fighter 16 final between Mike Ricci and Colton Smith. Be sure to refresh often for live updates and scoring. Also make sure to check out our full coverage of tonight’s main card.
Matt Mitrione vs. Roy Nelson
Rd. 1 – Herb Dean is our referee. Mitrione looking fr the jab early. combo from Mitrion lands. Headkick by Mitrione.Overhand by Mitrione. Headkick by Mitrione. Another kick by Mitrione and Nelson goes into the clinch. Neslon looking for a leg sweep but Mitrione is defending and reverses Nelson along the cage. Big knees by Mitrione. Elbow by Mitrione on the exit. Nelson has a big welt on his arms from the head kicks. Body kick by Mitrione. Mitrione loses his mouthpiece. Another body kick by Mitrione. Nelson connects with an uppercut to a left hook and down goes Mitrione. Big shots by Nelson as Mitrione covers and Dean calls it.
TUF 16 Final: Mike Ricci vs. Colton Smith
Rd. 1 – We’re underway with a touch of gloves. Ricci misses a kick and Smith tries a low single and Ricci punishes him with big elbows. Ricci escapes but Smith ha a crushing body lock and gets the takedown. Ricci works up but Smith sinks in a hook and takes his back along the cage. Smith gets him back to the floor and sinks in the second hook. Ricci is defending well. Smith sits it out and is slowly digging for the rear-naked choke. Ricci is intelligently defending right now but Smith is peppering punches. Ricci scrambles out. The two high five each other after that exchange. Ricci paws and Colton drops on a single leg. Brief scramble and Smith scores a takedown off a body lock. Smith has Ricci’s back and knees the thigh of Ricci as the round ends. MMAFrenzy scores it 10-9 Smith.
Rd. 2 – High five to start the round. Colton rushes and accidentally knees Ricci in the groin. Ricci pleads for time and Smith backs away expecting Mazzagatti to stop it but he doesn’t and they keep going. Colton gets a single and has crotch-lift and then lands a takedown. Smith has Ricci’s back again and is peppering away with shots to the head and knees to the thigh. Colton sinks his hooks and has a choke but it’s on the chin. Smith loses the choke and Ricci springs back up but Smith keeps the body lock and takes him back down. Again Smith has his back. More punches and Ricci sits out and Smith looks for the choke. Colton has the RNC again but it’s on the chin. Smith has a neck crank but Ricci works out. Smith has the guillotine grip (or twister) but lets it go and goes back to striking. MMAFrenzy scores it 10-9 Smith (20-18).
Rd. 3 – Ricci starts off trying to throw kicks and Smith swarms and lands the takedown. Smith has back and sinks in a hook. Smith has neck crank again but cannot finish it. Ricci is “holding the phone” to protect his neck. Colton has an arm triangle and lets go of his body triangle to work into mount. Ricci gives up his back again. Smith with more strikes and looks to secure the choke. More strikes from Colton now. Colton has a power half now and is using it to punish Ricci. Ricci explodes out and reverses Colton. Ricci takes his back and goes for an armbar with :20 left but Smith fights out and it’s all over. Great performance by Smith. MMAFrenzy scores it 30-27 Smith.
Colton Smith def. Mike Ricci via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)