Clay Guida (Photo: fightbookmma.com)
TUF 9: US vs. UK Finale – The Pearl at the Palms – Las Vegas, Nev. – June 20, 2009
Clay Guida and Diego Sanchez tore the house down in the main event of the TUF Season 9 finale.
Sanchez used submission attempts down the stretch to score a split decision over “The Carpenter” in one of the best fights of the year.
Michael Bisping coached the British team in The Ultimate Fighter competition, with Dan Henderson leading the Americans. Bisping and Henderson battled each other at UFC 100.
Ross Pearson won the TUF 9 lightweight tournament by unanimous decision over British teammate Andre Winner. Pearson became a UFC mainstay over the next decade.
James Wilks gave the UK a clean sweep by winning the TUF 9 welterweight tournament. He beat DaMarques Johnson with a rear naked choke. Wilks posted a 1-2 record on the UFC roster before retiring due to injuries in 2012.
In a battle for former TUF winners, Joe “Daddy” Stevenson beat Nate Diaz by unanimous decision. Chris “Lights Out” Lytle won a unanimous decision over Kevin Burns.
On the pre-show, Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard scored his 41st career victory. He beat Gleison Tibau by split decision.
Brad Blackburn scored his third win a row at welterweight, defeating Edgar Garcia by split decision.
In other bouts, Tomasz Drwal of Poland beat Mike Ciesnolevicz by TKO; Nick Osipczak defeated Frank Lester with a rear naked choke; and Jason Dent beat Cameron Dollar with an anaconda choke.