Team Nelson’s Colton Smith decisively took out Canada’s top prospect Mike Ricci with a grueling three-round decision victory that displayed the Army Combative specialists superior grappling skill.
Top featherweight fighter Dustin Poirier returned to the cage and the win column tonight in an impressive first round stoppage over Ultimate Fighter winner Jonathan Brookins.
In heavyweight action Pat Barry came back in the second round of his bout against Del Rosario and earned a much needed knock out victory over the former Kickboxing world champion.
The main event delivered fireworks from start to finish. Unfortunately for fight fans, it only lasted about three-minutes, as Roy Nelson took an early beating of kicks from Mitrione before finding his mark and putting the Blackzilian trained fighter on the mat where he finished him off with strikes.
The full Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale results are as follows:
Roy Nelson def. Matt Mitrione via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:58
Colton Smith def. Mike Ricci via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) – TUF 16 final
Pat Barry def. Shane del Rosario via KO (punches) – Round 2, 0:26
Dustin Poirier def. Jonathan Brookins via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 4:15
Melvin Guillard vs. Jamie Varner (Cancelled Fight Night Due To Varner Illnes)
Mike Pyle def. James Head via TKO (knee and punches) – Round 1, 1:55
Johnny Bedford def. Marcos Vinicius via KO (punches) – Round 2, 1:00
Rustam Khabilov def. Vinc Pichel via KO (slam, punches) – Round 1, 2:15
T.J. Waldburger def. Nick Catone via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 1:04
Hugo Viana def. Reuben Duran via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:05
Mike Rio def. John Cofer via submission (armbar) – Round 3, 4:11
Tim Elliott def. Jared Papazian via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)