TUF 11 Finale Live Blog: Jamie Yager vs. Rich Attonito Updates

LAS VEGAS -- This is the TUF 11 live blog for Jamie Yager vs. Rich Attonito, a middleweight bout on tonight's live finale from the Palms Casino Resort.

The only non-tournament TUF 11 fight to be on Spike TV is Yager against Attonito.

The live blog is below.




Round 1: Yager misses with a leg kick to start the fight, but tags Attonito with a jab on the way in a few seconds later. Attonito wants t get inside and Yager clearly wants to keep him at range. Yager backs Attonito up with a combo, but Attonito responds by coming back and looking for the takedown against the fence. He gets is, but Yager is back up almost immediately. A right uppercut from Yager finds its mark. Attonito misses with a kick and then blasts Yager with a right. Attonito lands a straight right to counter a Yager kick. It knocks Yager back enough to allow Attonito some space for a takedown attempt, but he can't finish it. Yager dives in with a hard right that lands flush on Attonito's jaw. Yager dances away from him in the final seconds. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Jamie Yager.

Round 2: Yager has little problem avoiding Attonito's charging attack, but his own telegraphed right hand is starting to become less effective. An uppercut from Yager stings Attonito, who comes back with a left hook that lands. Attonito backs him up against the fence and unloads with a nice punch combo. Back in the center, Yager tries a jumping knee that's not even close. Attonito's right hand is starting to find its home, and his confidence in his striking game is increasing. Attonito back Yager up and with punches and Yager drops to his knees, perhaps looking for a lackluster takedown. Attonito drops down with him and takes Yager's back. He looks for the choke, but when it's not there he flattens Yager out and pounds on the side of his head. Yager isn't responding, so referee Steve Mazzagatti is forced to stop it.

Rich Attonito def. Jamie Yager via TKO (punches) at 4:25 of round 2.

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