The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 Bantamweight final will be a battle between Davey Grant and Chris Holdsworth. The winner of this fight will be the new Ultimate Fighter and will sign a six figure contract with the UFC.
Davey Grant (8-1) of Team Rousey, defeated Louis Fisette by submission in the elimination round of the tournament. His next opponent, Anthony Gutierrez, failed to make weight for their Semi-Final bout and was subsequently disqualified from the tournament. Grant was given a bye and moved on to the finals against Chris Holdsworth.
Team Alpha Male product, Chris Holdsworth (4-0), was the favorite to win the show from the very beginning. Holdsworth, a member of Team Tate, defeated Chris Beal by submission in the elimination round of the tournament. He followed that up with yet another submission victory in the Semi-Final round over Michael Wootten.
Will Grant follow in the footsteps of former Ultimate Fighter winner, Michael Bisping, or will Team Alpha Male have yet another prospect in the UFC?
Round 1: They touch gloves to start. Outside leg kick from Grant. Inside leg kick from Chris. Big right misses for Chris, and he pushes Grant to the fence. Big left from Grant and he stuffs a Chris takedown. Outside leg kick from Chris. Straight right from Chris backs up Grant. Big left lands for Chris and he pushes him back up to the fence again. Grant with a nice knee to the body. Grant turns Chris around and is looking for a takedown, but can not get it. Big shots missing for Grant. They exchange and catch each others hooks. Jab from Chris. Head kick misses for Chris. Body shot from Grant, and Chris pushes him to the cage again. Chris is deep on a single, but Grant’s defense is great thus far. Knee to the body from Chris. Right hook from Grant. Knee just misses for Chris in the clinch. Chris with more knees in the clinch. Grant goes for the slam takedown, but Chris reverses it and lands on top. The round ends in that position. 10-9 Holdsworth for control and effective striking. It could go either way, though.
Round 2: Head kick lands flush for Chris, but Grant eats it and catches Chris’ foot. Grant is attacking Chris’ leg and body. Push kick from Grant. Knee to the body from Chris. Chris gets the takedown and is in side control. Grant’s nose is bloodied up. Chris is landing some hard shots from the top. Chris gets his back and has the body triangle locked in. Chris sinks in the rear naked choke and Grant taps. Great fight by both men and a great finish by Chris Holdsworth.
Official Decision: Chris Holdsworth defeats Davey Grant by rear naked choke Round 2
Here is a GIF of the finish: (courtesy of Zombie Prophet)