Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale.

Tonight’s card completes a doubleheader of weekend events in Las Vegas from Mandalay Bay Events Center.

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Robert Drysdale vs. Keith Berish

Let’s kick things off in the light heavyweight division, as Robert Drysdale meets Keith Berish.

Drysdale (6-0) is a multi-time champion in the grappling arena, while Berish (5-0) owns a win over TUF 19 semifinalist Patrick Walsh.

Round 1: Drysdale competing for the first time inside the Octagon, throws a leg kick, shoots for a double-leg takedown and scores. He moves to mount, switches to the back and has his hooks in. Drysdale cranking on the neck as he can’t get the arm under the chin and Berish is doing a nice job of working to escape. He gets to a knee and stands, now as Drysdale is on his back holding him up. Drysdale secures the choke and they fall to the canvas. This one is over and it appeared as if Berish’s knee might have buckled as he is being looked at by the doctor.

Robert Drysdale def. Keith Berish via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:03 of Round 1

Alexis Dufresne vs. Sarah Moras

Two female bantamweights hit the Octagon next, as Alexis Dufresne faces off with Sarah Moras.

Dufresne (5-0) last fought in February, defeating Kim Couture in regional action. Moras (3-1) hasn’t had an official fight since 2012 when she submitted Christina Barry.

Following weigh-ins, it was reported that this contest will take place at a catchweight.

Round 1: Huge shot by Dufresne and Moras retaliates with rapid fire, landing a combo. Takedown from Dufresne, as she just uses her power to score it and move to half-guard. Dufresne working a possible arm-lock, but she’s now resorted to improving her position. Moras attempts an armbar, but is unsuccessful. Dufresne pounces back down and is in side control with three minutes to go. While also working for submissions, Moras is staying active and winning the round easily from the top.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dufresne

Round 2: We have a slugfest to start, but Dufresne scores with a takedown and moves right into side control. The ref has seen enough and is standing them back up, which shows how exhausted Dufresne. Moras attacks and scores with a takedown of her own. Dufresne doing a fantastic job of avoiding the damage, but she’s on her back, much like the first round for Moras. The ref, again, stands them up and I’m sure Joe Rogan is cringing somewhere. Moras shoots, but gets reversed, only to score with her own reversal and land an elbow for good measure.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Moras

Round 3: Moras comes right out, but meets a shot and gets taken down to her back. Moras, though, almost works free and to the back, only to wind up in side control with Dufresne pounding away with shots to the body. Dufresne in complete control, much like the first round. She’s not doing a lot, but just enough and will likely secure the round. Moras senses that, going for a triangle before switching to an armbar and landing a big upkick. However, Dufresne lands back on top of her as we approach a minute left in the round. Moras slips off her back just enough to work for an armbar, switching to a toe-hold as the round comes to an end.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dufresne

Sarah Moras def. Alexis Dufresne via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Patrick Walsh vs. Daniel Spohn

The Ultimate Fighter 19 light heavyweight semifinalist will get a chance to shine, as Patrick Walsh meets Daniel Spohn.

Walsh (4-1) lost to Corey Anderson via decision in the semis, while Spohn (8-3) suffered a knockout loss to Matt Van Buren.

Round 1: Walsh, a former Ohio State University wrestling standout, scores the takedown. He’s being very active off the top, working for submissions and peppering him with shots to the body and head. Walsh has a possible straight armbar as we head under two minutes, but Spohn is remaining calm and easily gets free of the submission. He still has Walsh on top of him, though, dominating the fight so far.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Walsh

Round 2: Walsh right back to where we ended the first, scoring with a takedown and moving to side control. Walsh gets reversed trying for another armlock, cranking hard to no avail. Spohn inside the guard and looking to improve his position on the ground. He takes the back and locks in the hooks with three minutes to go. Walsh easily breaks that move and turns, getting free. They exchange for the first time tonight off the break. Walsh with a nice right that lands and Spohn catches him with a combo. Walsh bullies his way to another takedown as we head under a minute in the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Walsh

Round 3: Spohn lands with the left and a series of uppercuts. Walsh shoots for a takedown, is denied, but gets the takedown off a high-cross and into half-guard. Spohn didn’t have much to use in terms of defense to avoid getting tossed to his back. Walsh on his back and working for a rear-naked choke with plenty of time left. Spohn listening to his corner as they scream for him to get up, working to his feet. He spins around and lands a nice shot, but Walsh drops for a double-leg and scores again. The ref stands them up and Spohn is going for it. He has Walsh bleeding from the forehead and is firing off everything he has. Walsh, though, scores with another takedown after Spohn tries for a guillotine choke.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Walsh

Patrick Walsh def. Daniel Spohn via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Adriano Martins vs. Juan Manuel Puig

The only lightweight contest of the event features Adriano Martins and Juan Manuel Puig.

Martins (25-7) had his six-fight win streak snapped by Donald Cerrone in January, while Puig (11-2) is making his Octagon debut.

Round 1: Puig catches Martins early and they exchange. Martins connected with a nice left hook right to the chin, but Puig remained standing. Martins eats a shot just to get in close and connect himself. Huge low blow halts the action, as Martins connected with a left hand before catching the shot. Out of nowhere Martins connects and Puig is out cold. It was a right hook that connected and dropped Puig face-first to the canvas.

Adriano Martins def. Juan Manuel Puig via KO (right-hand) at 2:21 of Round 1

Jumabieke Tuerxun vs. Leandro Issa

Our lone male bantamweight match takes place next, as Jumabieke Tuerxun battles Leandro Issa.

Tuerxun (14-1) lost in his UFC debut to Mark Eddiva this past March, while Issa (11-4) also was defeated in his first Octagon appearance, getting choked out by Russell Doane.

Round 1: Issa going to work right away on the lead leg with some hard kicks. Issa with a lead kick to the head that connects and follows up with more kicks. Tuerxun eats a leg kick that appeared to be low and fires off a left. He originally fought through the shot, but we now have a stoppage. Tuerxun with a huge overhand right, followed by another. Good exchange and both men are looking to land the knockout blow, firing and throwing haymakers. Tuerxun does a little run in place to get his blood going and fires off a right. Tuerxun drops Issa with a right and attacks, throwing a flying knee that misses but allows him to score a takedown off it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Tuerxun

Round 2: Tuerxun throwing hard shots and backing Issa up. Good kick to the lead leg by Issa, but it’s Tuerxun who returns fire and lands another power right that almost takes him off his feet. They both land, but again, it’s Tuerxun getting the better strike off, almost taking Issa off his feet yet again. Issa uses the fence to avoid a takedown and the ref notices, stopping the action and taking a point away from him. Issa scores a takedown and moves into half-guard with two minutes to go. He’s got some ground to make up after the point deduction, and Tuerxun escapes, throwing a flying knee in the process.

FightLine scores the round 9-9

Round 3: Issa scores with a takedown within the first moments, advancing to half-guard right away. Issa attempted to secure a cruicifix and switches to a head-and-arm guillotine. He has it in tight, rolls for it a second time and now mounts with the choke secured. Tuerxun looks to be in a lot of pain with almost three minutes to go. Tuerxun working hard and he slips his head out and is free of the choke but still mounted. All Issa and he is doing enough that this might be a 10-8 round and secure the win despite the point deduction. Issa transitions to an armbar and Tuerxun taps. This one is all over.

Leandro Issa def. Jumabieke Tuerxun via submission (armbar) at 3:49 of Round 3

Kevin Lee vs. Jesse Ronson

We’ll conclude the prelims with a lightweight scrap between Kevin Lee and Jesse Ronson.

Lee (7-1) lost to Al Iaquinta in his Octagon debut this past February, while Ronson (13-4) is winless in two UFC fights, falling to Francisco Trinaldo and Michel Prazeres via split decision.

Round 1: Lee comes out strong, working for a takedown. He lands a nice knee to the body instead and they square back off in the center. Lee gets in deep on a single-leg, releases and lands a hug knee. He’s been denied on the takedowns, but has done well with knees from in close. Ronson gets off a straight left that nearly floors Lee. Straight right answer from Lee, who follows up with a kick to the body. Ronson goes to the body for a pair, adding a quick leg kick. Ronson kicks the thigh of Lee, a new move but an effective one. Lee with a body lock and takedown attempt, but Ronson backs his way to the cage and remains standing. Lee stays in deep and gets the takedown, but Ronson immediately gets out and to his feet. Lee catches him against the fence and unloads, dropping down and getting a second takedown. A good 30-second flurry for Lee here at the end of the action.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lee

Round 2: Lee with some power behind his strikes and kicks here to start, but Ronson fires back with an uppercut that lands and goes to the body. Much of the same this round, as Lee controls the action with his wrestling. He’s been constantly going for takedowns and keeping Ronson off balance. Modified knee-kick to the body from Lee connects, as Ronson seems unsure of what to do. He shoots for a takedown himself as we head under a minute, but is easily denied. Ronson missed on the takedown, but followed up a knee with a good combo that briefly stopped Lee.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ronson

Round 3: Lee with a nice combo, but fails on the takedown. That allows Ronson the chance to score with his own double-leg and take the lead in this uneventful round so far. Lee gives up his back for a brief moment, allowing Ronson to lock up a choke. Lee, though, squirms out and is in side control, transitioning himself to the back. Lee on the back, but Ronson uses a nice switch to get free and land a quick takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lee

Kevin Lee def. Jesse Ronson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)


Dustin Ortiz vs. Justin Scoggins

We open up the main card with flyweights Dustin Ortiz and Justin Scoggins.

Ortiz (13-3) is 2-1 since joining the UFC and 5-1 overall, with the lone loss being via split decision to John Moraga. Scoggins (9-0) has won both of his Octagon bouts, defeating Will Campuzano and Richie Vaculik.

Round 1: Ortiz scores with a takedown just seconds into the action. Scoggins using the butterfly guard to try and set up an armbar. He gets the angle against the fence, as Ortiz is working to break the hold. Ortiz trying to stack Scoggins up, but he flips to belly-down and has the arm right in front of Joe Silva and Sean Shelby who appear to not be able to watch the hold. Ortiz, though, slips free and gets out. No idea how he saved his arm from being snapped. Ortiz locks up the waist and scores with a takedown, transitioning to the back in the process. Scoggins to his feet without suffering any damage. He uses a duck-under and locks up a near-choke, but Ortiz flips and gets free. Scoggins takes the back as the round comes to a close.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Scoggins

Round 2: Ortiz gained some added confidence at the end of the first and it’s showing, as he lands a nice left. Ortiz shoots for a takedown, but Scoggins counters and has him locked up at the moment. More slick wrestling on the ground from both fighters, as Ortiz transitions and gets to the guard of Scoggins. Ortiz very active from the top, landing elbows and big shots.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ortiz

Round 3: Scoggins comes out striking, landing a good 1-2 combo and heeding the advice of his corner and not going for the takedown. Dirty boxing by Ortiz scores and Scoggins comes flying in with a right. Ortiz has quadrupled Scoggins in total strikes landed at this point. Ortiz comes in with a left that connects and avoids the counter in the process. As Ortiz hits again with the left, Scoggins drops down and scores with a takedown. All Scoggins, as he is controlling Ortiz with wrestling as we head under two minutes to go. Ortiz with a switch that allows him to get to his feet, in on a single-leg, but is denied. Scoggins reverses, drops down and scores with a double-leg of his own.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Scoggins

Dustin Ortiz def. Justin Scoggins via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Derrick Lewis vs. Guto Inocente

We’ll head to the heavyweight division for the first – and last – time tonight, as Derrick Lewis takes on Guto Inocente.

Lewis (10-2) is unbeaten in his last seven fights, winning six and having one declared a no-contest. Inocente (6-2) hasn’t competed since 2012, but is unbeaten in his last four.

Round 1: Along with two years away, Inocente’s actually had just one pro fight since 2010. He’s moving nicely to start, trying to find an angle to strike. Lewis gets in deep on a single-leg, tosses Inocente to the ground, but he is able to get free and up right away. Lewis blocks a kick and unloads with a right, almost falling over into Inocente and getting the takedown. He almost puts his hand through the canvas, missing as he drops down with a right. Lewis with a right and Inocente is out cold. The ref was right on top of it and stopped it, as Inocente has no idea what happened.

Derrick Lewis def. Guto Inocente via TKO (strikes) at 3:30 of Round 1

Eddie Gordon vs. Dhiego Lima in The Ultimate Fighter 19 middleweight tournament final

The first of two new TUF champions will be crowned, as Eddie Gordon takes on Dhiego Lima in a battle of Team Edgar fighters.

Gordon (6-1) earned a split decision over Cathal Pendred in the semifinals, while Lima (9-1) won via submission in both of his fights on the show. He is also the brother of Bellator champion Douglas Lima.

Round 1: Lima scored $50,000 during the show, earning a pair of season-long “Perfomance” bonuses. Gordon immediately controls the center of the Octagon. Gordon lands the right, as he catches Lima against the fence for a brief moment. Again, Gordon catches him and drops Lima, connecting with many rights. Lima trying to get his balance, but Gordon hammering away with lefts and rights. He is clubbing Lima and he is out. This one is all over, as Gordon even does a BJ Penn impersonation.

Eddie Gordon def. Dhiego Lima via TKO (strikes) at 1:11 of Round 1 to become The Ultimate Fighter 19 middleweight champion

Corey Anderson vs. Matt Van Buren in The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale light heavyweight tournament

We’ve reached the co-main event and the second TUF 19 final, as Corey Anderson meets Matt Van Buren.

Anderson (2-0) defeated Josh Clark and Patrick Walsh to advance, while Van Buren (6-2) topped Chris Fields and Daniel Spohn.

Round 1: Anderson gets off first, rocking Van Buren with a shot. Anderson was the No. 1 pick by Frankie Edgar, and he shows why with a flurry that might have Van Buren out on his feet. Anderson rocks him, but Van Buren takes a deep breath and is standing. Anderson teeing off with lefts and rights, scoops him down to the canvas and contines to pound away. He’s on his back and the ref has seen enough. This one is all over quickly, as Van Buren wasn’t defending himself.

Corey Anderson def. Matt Van Buren via TKO (strikes) at 1:01 of Round 1 to become The Ultimate Fighter 19 light heavyweight champion

Frankie Edgar vs. BJ Penn

We’ve reached the main event, and the third encounter, between former UFC champions Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn.

Edgar (16-4-1) snapped a three-fight losing skid last July when he defeated Charles Oliveira. Prior to that, his last seven fights had all been either for a UFC title or in defense of one.

Penn (16-9-2) hasn’t won since knocking out Matt Hughes in 2010, leaving him 0-2-1 in his last three.

Round 1: Penn was very emotional coming out and he quickly takes the center of the Octagon. He’s standing on his toes and Edgar is taking advantage, snapping off shots to the body. Penn tries to catch him with the clinch, but fails. Another attempt at the clinch. Edgar shoots for a single-leg, Penn pulls guard, but Edgar wants nothing to do with the ground game. He stands up, drops back down and is inside the guard with three minutes to go. Again, Edgar stands and pounces down, back in the guard. Penn throws up a side head kick from the bottom, while Edgar is peppering his legs with shots from top. Herb Dean stands them up with under a minute to go. Edgar lands with the left hook and gets in close with another combo to end the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Edgar

Round 2: Penn pushing the tempo a little more to start, but still standing very tall. Edgar grabs a leg, eats a left, and releases. Right hand connects for Edgar to the chin. Again, Edgar gets in close and scores with a takedown with no hesitation or defense. We are to the point where Penn is on his back, Edgar is standing and attacking, and we have little action. Very weird to see such a defensive-minded Penn inside the Octagon. Edgar postures up and lands some of the most powerful shots so far, teeing off with rights and short elbows to the face.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Edgar

Round 3: Penn’s corner told him to win this round big, but he looks exhausted at this point. And, as usual, Edgar has no trouble pushing the pedal to the floor. Edgar mixing in kicks now to keep Penn off balance. Like the first and second, Edgar with an easy takedown and into the guard. Penn has swelling on his right eye and issues with the left, as his face has been a punching bag. Huge cut now from Edgar’s elbows on the face of Penn, who is bleeding profusely. This one might not be lasing much longer, as Edgar is hammering him with shots. Edgar doing everything and anything he wants, and the ref warns Penn to do something. That’s it, this one is all over, as Edgar improves to 3-0 against Penn.

Frankie Edgar def. BJ Penn via TKO (strikes) at 4:16 of Round 3