This week’s episode will conclude season 9 of The Ultimate Fighter as well as the last spot in the finale this Saturday at the The Palms in Las Vegas. The winner between the American Frank Lester and U.K. fighter James Wilks will go on to fight welterweight and Team U.S. favorite DaMarques Johnson in the finale.
Dan Henderson heads over to the house for a big barbecue with his team. Henderson commented that it was nice to hang out with the guys and not just talk “fights”. Michael Bisping has dinner with his team and lets all the fighters know how much they mean to him having spent the past weeks together.
Both fighters work out game plans with their coaches for their upcoming fight and as always both coaches believe their fighter has what it takes to succeed.
Lester and Wilks have fought once already on the show. Wilks is the same fighter who knocked out Lester’s teeth and eliminated him from the competition before Lester was given his second chance. However not too uncommonly seen, these two fighters have grown to really respect one another.
Frank Lester vs. James Wilks
Herb Dean gets the fight underway and both fighters meet in the middle. Both fighters work their jabs but it doesn’t take long to see Wilks’ reach advantage starting to pay off. Midway through the round Lester finds his target with his wide looping hooks. Wilks looks for the takedown but Lester defends well. Back on the feet Lester finds more success with his wild hooks. Wilks recovers and again finds his range to keep Lester at bay for the remainder of the round.
The second round starts off with more of the same from the first. Wilks keeps Lester at a distance working his jab and picking him apart as well as busting his nose with around three minutes left in the round. Lester continues to counter when he can while Henderson is yelling for him to be the aggressor. With the round coming to a close, Wilks pushes the action landing more jabs and a few knees to the head with the Thai clench.
Wilks continues to punish Lester in the third round and Lester looks gassed. Halfway into the third round Lester takes a knee to the face that leads to Dean halting the fight in favor of Wilks.
– James Wilks def. Frank Lester via TKO – Round 3, 2:20
Here are the two final match-ups this Saturday night on Spike.
– Ross Pearson vs. Andre Winner
– DaMarques Johnson vs. James Wilks