Biggest Winner and Loser from TUF 21 Finale
The UFC’s second event for the month (and second in two days) is in the books, and it seems like only yesterday that I was doing another one of these (ok, I’m done with the bad jokes). Bad humor aside, the event gave us some exciting fights, so let’s take a look at who gained and lost the most at the event.
Stephen Thompson. Wonderboy knocked out Jake Ellenberger at 4:29 in round one of their fight and picked himself up a $50,000 bonus in the process. Thompson stayed persistent and repeatedly landed the punches and kicks he needed to, to put Ellenberger down for the count. Thompson had his first big step up in competition since his loss to Matt Brown, and performed just like he needed to. He’s added another highlight reel KO to his resume and will get another step up in competition in his next fight.
Honorable mention. Josh Samman for his first-round submission over Caio Magalhaes. Samman picked up one of the night’s $50,000 bonuses for his efforts and now has three finishes in his three UFC fights. He was on the preliminary card for this fight but should get moved up for his next fight as he continues his work through the middleweight division.
Jake Ellenberger. Now 1-4 in his last five fights (and finished in three of the four), Ellenberger has fallen on rough times. In both this loss and his last, he was finished in the first round, and it’s entirely possible that this loss could be the signature on his UFC pink slip. I enjoy watching Ellenberger fight, but he’s taken a lot of damage recently and a little break wouldn’t be the worst idea to give him some time to recuperate.
Honorable mention. Mike de la Torre. de la Torre dropped a sixteen second KO loss to Maximo Blanco is technically 1-3 in his four UFC fights, although one of the losses was changed to a no contest after his opponent tested positive for steroids. Regardless of that, a sixteen second loss is certainly a tough one, and it’s also possible that like Ellenberger, he’d be looking at a pink slip of his own.