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Nelson takes 'TUF' finale; Kimbo wins UFC debut

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The finale of the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter ended with Roy "Big Country" Nelson defeating Brendan Schaub to become the new "Ultimate Fighter" on Saturday. With Schaub having the better of the early stand-up exchanges, Nelson scored a takedown and seemed intent on once again using his weight advantage to trap and then dominant his opponent on the ground. However Schaub successfully fought his way back to his feet only for Nelson to let his hands go and land a hard overhand right just above Schaub's left ear to end the fight with a decisive knockout.

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The man Nelson defeated in his first fight in The Ultimate Fighter, Kimbo Slice, was also victorious in his official UFC debut. In a fight that defied expectations, Slice was forced to dig deep to counter the surprisingly defensive tactics of Houston Alexander, who came into the octagon intent on wearing down the former EliteXC star with repeated leg kicks to Slice's damaged knee. With the crowd turning on the fight after a first round lacking in action, Slice went on the offensive showing some surprisingly effective grappling skills with impressive power-takedowns and repeated attempts to end the fight via submission. While Alexander was able to survive the round and became more aggressive in the third round, Slice secured a vital takedown midway through the final round to seal a deserved victory by unanimous decision. In other results from Las Vegas, Jon "Bones" Jones threw away his undefeated record after manhandling Matt Hamill. Jones dominated from the start and seemed to have the fight won when he took down Hamill and started raining down some hard elbows from full mount. However with Hamill barely staying in the fight, Jones connected with two illegal "12-to-6" elbows. Referee Steve Mazzagatti was forced to disqualify Jones as Hamill could no longer continue as a result of the illegal blows. In other main-card fights shown, Frankie Edgar choked out Matt Veach and in the opener Marcus Jones was stopped by Matt Mitrione at the beginning of the second round. While there was no update on when coaches Rashad Evans and (the absent) Quinton Jackson will meet to settle their differences, Dana White was able to announce that Tito Ortiz and a returning Chuck Liddell will square off in spring 2010 as the coaches of the 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter.

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