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Episode 12 is in the books and the Finals are set. Surprising victories and controvertial decisions coupled with thrilling moments have become the norm every Friday night as TUFLive takes us on the thrilling ride of MMA life. The last episode is over and we are only left with the TUFLive Finale on June 1st at the Palms in Las Vegas.
Surprising victory and great performance by Mike Chiesa as he knocks out James Vick in the second round and becomes the first contestant to make it to the Finals. Although Vick won the first round, Chiesa, a wrappling expert, does the unthinkable and comes back strong in the second round to beat him at his own game finishing the fight in big fashion. The underdog in all of his fights, Mike Chiesa shocks everyone, honors his family and despite one of the biggest losses of his life at the beginning of the season, makes it to the Finale and may as well walk away with The Ultimate Fighter Season 15 title.
The fight between Al Iaquinta and Vince Pichel was a tough battle. The first round was very close and although Pichel inflicted the most damage, Iaquinta may have won it in the judges eyes because he stayed busy and had two takedowns. The second round was all Iaquinta. He took it to Pichel and ultimately scored the unanimous decision to become the other finalist in season 15 of The Ultimate fighter.
Next week we have the Finale. Because of injury and medical suspensions by the athletic commission the following fighters will not take part in the card:
Mike Rio – Rip injury durig training
Andy Ogle – Medically suspended because of TKO during quarter finals
James Vick – Medically suspended because of KO during semifinals
Vince Pichel – Does not have an oponent due to Vicks suspension and no other contestant is available.
The following is the official TUF Live Finale Fight Card:
Jeremy Larsen vs Joe Proctor
Sam Sicilia vs Cristiano Marcello
Chris Tickle vs Daron Cruickshank
Chris Saunders vs Myles Jury
John Cofer vs Justin Lawrence
Michael Chiesa vs Al Iaquinta
Tune in next Friday as we close out the first TUF Live and season 15 of The Ultimate Fighter. Great card, great fights and a six figure contract on the line as Mike Chiesa and Al Iaquinta go to war for the life changing title of “The Ultimate Fighter”.