MMAFrenzy’s coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale continues with our recaps of tonight’s Facebook preliminary action. The highlight of the night’s opening salvo of fights saw Cole Miller defeat Bart Palaszewski in a solid fight. In other action, Maximo Blanco and Daniel Pineda picked up key wins.
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Miller Taps Palaszewski
Cole Miller had to come-from-behind to defeat Bart Palaszewski tonight in Las Vegas. Palaszewski controlled the majority of the opening round with beautiful combinations that landed often on Miller. The Macon-native would bounce back after a nice takedown in the final minute and would quickly secure the back of the Polish fighter. From there it was all academic as Miller put away Palaszewski with a tight rear-naked choke.
Blanco Edges Sicilia in a Thriller
Maximo Blanco notched his first UFC victory but it did not come easy against Sam Sicila. The battled in a brutal back-and-forth battle where each fighter consistently rocked the other. In the end, crucial takedowns by the Venezuelan in the first and third rounds likely made the difference on the judges cards.
It needs to be mentioned that the bout should have been ruled a draw after referee Kim Winslow warned Blanco throughout the fight for grabbing the fence and supposedly issued a final warning prior to the third round. Blanco would again be chastised for grabbing the fence in the final frame, however Winslow did not deduct a crucial point.
Pineda Submits Lawrence
In the night’s opening bout, Daniel Pineda wasted no time in dispatching Justin Lawrence. Pineda was relentless with his takedown and his second one was the key moment in the fight. Pineda worked to side control and locked up a deep kimura that forced Lawrence to tap just over 90-seconds into the fight.
- Cole Miller def. Bart Palaszewski via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:23 of Round 1
- Maximo Blanco def. Sam Sicilia via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)
- Daniel Pineda def. Justin Lawrence via submission (Kimura) at 1:35 of Round 1