Cageside by Anthony Springer Jr.
In the main event of Saturday night’s Ultimate Fighter Finale Roy “Big Country” Nelson knocked out Brandon “The Hybrid” Schaub in the first round. After some sharp exchanges by Schaub, the dazed Nelson took his younger opponent to the mat. From the top position Nelson worked for an armlock but the more athletic Schaub escaped. Once on the feet Nelson ended the fight in a flash with one overhand right. The fight was waved off at 3:45 of round one.
Jon “Bones” Jones wasted no time in taking wrestling standout Matt “The Hammer” Hamill to the ground and punishing him with a brutal barrage of elbows. However, one of the blows was deemed illegal by referee Steve Mazagatti resulting in a disqualification. Hamill was, in turn, awarded the victory. The fight was stopped midway through the first round, no time was announced.
Following three of the sloppiest and most uneventful rounds in recent UFC history, TUF 10 veteran Kimbo Slice scored a unanimous decision over veteran brawler Houston Alexander. Scorecards read 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.
Lightweight Frankie Edgar submitted Matt Veach with a tight rear naked choke at 2:22 of the second round.
Known affectionately as “Meathead” on Season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter, Matt Mitrione knocked out fellow castmate Marcus “Big Baby” Jones with a right cross just ten seconds into round two.
Following three rounds of action John Howard stunned MMA veteran Dennis Hallman as he scored the fight winning KO with just five seconds remaining in the fight. The official time of the stoppage was 4:55. Lightweight Mark Bocek submitted newcomer Joe Brammer with a rear naked choke at 3:36 of the first round. Heavyweight James McSweeney scored a vicious knockout over Darrill Schoonover in the final round with a hard series of knees. The time was 3:20. Brian Stann defeated Rodney Wallace by unanimous decision. Jon Madsen received a split decision victory over Justin Wren.