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Jonathan Brookins vs. Kyle Watson

Round 1: Feeling out to start on both sides, nice jab from Jon and a solid leg kick from Kyle. Nice knee and some good punches from Kyle. Jonathan tries a leg kick of his own and takes Kyle down with the double-leg. He tries to get Kyle's back as he stands up, but settles for pressing him against the cage and landing a knee. He goes for a single-leg, but Kyle punches him to break it up and they trade strikes on the separation. Jonathan more confident with this strikes now, and uses them to set up the single. Kyle works from half guard to butterfly guard briefly, but Jon is strong on top and gets half guard back. Jon gets some sporadic punches from the top, but Kyle makes it hard to maintain position. Jonathan makes a quick attempt at taking Kyle's back and applying the rear naked choke, but settles for throwing some nice punches inside Kyle's guard. The horn sounds, and it's an easy 10-9 call for Brookins.

Round 2: Leg kick from Kyle, and he manages to stuff a takedown attempt from Jonathan, but that leads right into that lateral drop. Kyle gains the guard, but Jonathan is a bit more aggressive now in going for strikes. Kyle is able to use his legs to push Jonathan off, but Jonathan is able to get loose back control as Kyle tries to stand up, and ends ups somewhere between side and back control. Kyle works to Butterfly guard and gets some separation, but Jon keeps punching and gets back inside Kyle's guard. Nice elbow from the bottom by Kyle, but Jonathan is clearly getting the better of the position, and getting right back in there every time Kyle tries to throw him off. Kyle fights his way back to his feet at the very end of the round, but it's another 10-9 for Brookins.

Round 3: Kyle comes out aggressive, pushing Jonathan back into the fence, but Brookins reverses position and looks for the takedown. Kyle hits some knees and they separate, but Jonathan gets the takedown again. Kyle is seated against the fence, and works back to one knee, and eventually to his feet. Watson looks to attack the head, and lands some good punches from short range, but Jonathan gets the double-leg. Not much going on in the guard this time in terms of striking, although Kyle gets a couple of punches from the bottom. Jonathan works up to deliver a short elbow, and pins Kyle against the fence. Kyle keeps punching, but there's not much on those, and when Jonathan punches from the top, you can see he does more damage. Brookins looks to take the back again in the closing seconds, but even without it, it's an easy 10-9 call for Brookins.

Michael Johnson vs. Nam Phan

Round 1: The fighters exchange a couple of strike attempts before Johnson gets the double with ease. Nam strikes from the bottom and starts to look for a triangle or am bar, but Johnson lets him up and takes him down again. This time, Johnson drops some elbows from the top before letting Nam up. Johnson goes down when Nam catches his foot, but gets up quickly in his own right. We're back to a striking exchange now, and Johnson gets the better of it, including a nice left uppercut. Johnson uses his reach to keep Nam at bay, then gets another double-leg. Nam stands up again, and tries to use kicks to negate Johnson's reach advantage. The striking is even for a while, and Nam gets his first successful takedown defense. Unfortunately for him, Johnson takes advantage of the position with his most effective striking yet, getting Name against the fence and doing damage from close range. Nam is cut near his right eye. Good dirty boxing from Johnson. Nam keeps trying the kicks, but Johnson's blocking every time. He catches the foot off a kick, and pushes Nam back to do some more damage against the fence. The round ends with little fanfare, but it's a 10-9 for Johnson.

Round 2: Johnson tries to close the distance again and lands the right jab. He pushes Nam back into the fence again, but Nam avoids doing much damage. Nam is doing a much better job of avoiding dangerous situations, using better positioning in the cage. Nam gets one of his classic big body shots, and while Johnson responds some of his own offense, you can see it did damage. Nam gets pushed back into the fence again, but he does damage with a knee, and stuffs the takedown. Johnson's next takedown attempt gets stuffed and Nam winds up on top. He does a nice job of striking from the top before letting Johnson up. Michael keeps driving Nam back into the fence, but he's not doing nearly as much damage thee. Another left to the body from Nam, and a knee there lands as well. Now Nam goes upstairs and lands some good combinations to the head. Johnson drives him back again, but now it's more to stop Nam's attack than to land any of his own offense. Johnson uses his reach to keep Nam at bay, jabbing as much as he can, and lands a nice left hook. With 30 seconds left, Johnson starts letting his hands go, and puts Nam against the ffence again, but the last 10 seconds are spent not doing much against the cage, and it's a pretty likely 10-9 for Nam.

Round 3: Nam comes out with the kicks, and catches one of Johnson's but Michael gets a good grip on the single. Nam tries a flying triangle choke, but lands in guard and starts striking from the bottom. Johnson lets him up and lands more punches against the fence. Johnson does a good job following Nam and hitting him as he tries to separate. Nam lands another body shot, and Johnson presses him against the fence. Nam with a knee and some inconsequential punches, but Michael finally gets his takedown. Nam strikes from the bottom again and does a good job separating without giving up his back. Nam does a good job on the first striking exchange, but Johnson gets the territorial advantage off the second, and lands a hard knee to the stomach. Koscheck complains about Johnson grabbing Nam's shorts, but Josh Rosenthal contradicts him. Good combination from Nam, who stuffs another takedown, but Johnson works inside with another left uppercut and goes for another takedown. Nam fights it off, but another nice punch combination and a knee from Johnson. Both fighters go for a takedown at the same time in the last 30 seconds, but the final seconds are all about striking, with each man landing a couple of good shots. It's a tough round to call.

As the fight is recapped, the main points are the second and third rounds. The second, of course, saw Nam keep the fight on his feet, which helped him do damage, and Dana thinks that Johnson got through that round on "heart and balls." The last round, Koscheck wasn't impressed by Johnson's takedowns, saying that he just tried to grind out the win like his coach, GSP. Did it work? The judges are taking their time totaling everything up, and Koscheck and Johnson exchange words. Koscheck claims that "takedowns don't score...not when you don't do damage." Funny, I think I remember hearing something about that before on this show. As I recall, the wrestler won.

But enough about the past.

Before the announcement is given, Dana praises the fighters for a great fight, and rightly so. Best fight at the UFC Training Center in at least two seasons, maybe more, but that's just my opinion. It's a split decision: 29-28, 28-29, and 29-28 for your winner: Michael "The Menace" Johnson.

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12/1/10 2:45 PM
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I'd like to see Brookins and Phan in the finale, but that's not based on anything other than just wanting to see them do well. All four seem like solid fighters.
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Yeah Watson and Brookins fight each other I believe, because I am pretty sure the other fight was Phan vs Johnson. So I definitely don't think thats a very likely outcome for the finale.
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AceAtGSU - Yeah Watson and Brookins fight each other I believe, because I am pretty sure the other fight was Phan vs Johnson. So I definitely don't think thats a very likely outcome for the finale.
Correct, although Watson vs Brookins SHOULD have probably been the Finale.  Well see hoe things turnout.  
 
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Will Nam be able to stuff Johnson's takedowns?

Brookins vs Nam for the finale.
12/1/10 4:18 PM
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Nam vs. Brookins will be the finale! Phone Post
12/1/10 4:22 PM
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Haven't been that impressed by Johnson, he got a gift against English, and struggled with Bruce Lee-roy. Hoping for a Nam/Brookins final.
12/1/10 4:27 PM
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Johnson via GSP lay and pray. Brookins via whatever he wants. Brookins wins finale via riddum over Johnson.
12/1/10 4:32 PM
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 is it two hours tonight?
12/1/10 4:37 PM
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I luvz 8==D -  is it two hours tonight?
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12/1/10 4:39 PM
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 I say Watson and Nam make it to the Finale (if I was a betting man).  I originally thought it would be Brookins & Nam, but now I believe Watson might be able to pull this out.   Either way you mix it, 2 great fights and the losers will probably fight each other in the Finale as well so we'll get a clear 1, 2, 3, 4 rating on all them.
12/1/10 5:31 PM
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I have Watson and Nam in the finals, with Watson pulling it out, but i train with Kyle so I have a huge bias. He has looked great on the show. This season has easily been one of the more enjoyable to watch.
12/1/10 5:54 PM
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 I haven't seen much of this season at all.  One show may be two.  I'll be watching tonight and pulling for Nam Pham but curious if anyone knows what the ratings have been like.  
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From what I've seen this season's ratings have been real solid. I'm pulling for my boy Jonathan Brookins!
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Is anyone really expecting to be overly impressed by someone not named Jonathan Brookins at this point?

Based on the last 4-5 seasons of TUF, I think making it to the third round vs Jose Aldo was more than enough reason to blindly assume Brookins has a big edge before this thing started

Nam has looked OK so far, and Michael Johnson was a major disappointment in his fight versus Bruce Leroy. Brookins should roll in both
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Mophead - I have Watson and Nam in the finals, with Watson pulling it out, but i train with Kyle so I have a huge bias. He has looked great on the show. This season has easily been one of the more enjoyable to watch.


I think Watson has been solid also. I'd probably have him over Nam or Johnson, but it's gonna be a pretty big upset if he beats Brookins, just can't imagine he's gonna be able to RNC Brookins the way he has versus everyone else this year. Brookins trains Gracie Barra and isn't just going to hand Watson his back like Wilkinson. And Brookins is the way better striker/athlete
12/1/10 8:21 PM
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After seeing the Johnson/Leroy fight, I hope Johnson doesn't think he can stand with Nam. It'll be pretty quick for him if he does.

Otherwise, Johnson/Phan could be a really boring fight.
12/1/10 8:40 PM
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Nam will beat Johnson based purely on CARDIO

mark my words.

3rd round TKO for the Phan
12/1/10 8:48 PM
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Nam is a good down to earth fighter hope he wins! He will represent the sport well Phone Post
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Nam is a good down to earth fighter hope he wins! He will represent the sport well Phone Post
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Brookins vs Nam for finale 1. Phone Post
12/1/10 9:09 PM
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 looks like this guy has a tattoo of yanni on his arm
 http://www.hispanianews.com/archive/2003/04/11/yanni.jpg
12/1/10 9:18 PM
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LOL @ the entire yellow team

so butthurt that the ONLY person to win a single fight on their team was the asian dude
12/1/10 9:21 PM
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Lot of hating this episode.

That would suck to get on the show and not learn a lot...
12/1/10 9:23 PM
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Koscheck comes off like a phony.


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