Monday, September 9, 2019

TUF 12 Finale: Jonathan Brookins Wins Lightweight Tournament

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The Ultimate Fighter Season 12 finale – Las Vegas, Nev. – The Pearl at the Palms – Dec. 4, 2010

Jonathan Brookins won the lightweight tournament in the 12th season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Brookins won a unanimous decision over Michael Johnson to earn a UFC contract. He lost three of his next UFC fights before moving to India in 2012 to study yoga. He later returned to fight for other promotions around the world.

Georges St. Pierre and Josh Koscheck were the coaches for the season, leading up to a welterweight title bout one week later. Both finalists were on Team GSP.

TUF 1 runner-up Stephan Bonnar won a unanimous decision over Igor Pokrajac in the co-main event.

Rick “The Horror” Story won his fifth fight in a row, beating the previously undefeated Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks by unanimous decision. Demian Maia won in the same manner over Kendall Grove.

Leonard Garcia kicked off the Spike TV telecast with a split decision over Nam Phan.

On the pre-show, Cody McKenzie defeated Aaron Wilkinson with his signature guillotine choke in 2 minutes, 3 seconds. Ivan Loveland won a unanimous decision over Tyler Toner.

WEC fighter Pablo Garza debuted in the Octagon with a flying-knee knockout win over Fredson Paixao in 51 seconds. Kyle Watson beat Sako Chivitchian by unanimous decision.

In the first bantamweight fight in UFC history, Nick Pace choked out Will Campuzano with 27 seconds left in the fight. David Branch won a unanimous decision over Rich Attonito.

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