Las Vegas, December 2: Nicco Montano claims the UFC's inaugural women's flyweight championship and "The Ultimate Fighter 26" title with an impressive win over a tough Roxanne Modafferi at Park Theatre in Las Vegas on Friday (December 1).
Suprise finalist Montano fought a brave Modafferi, who stepped in for Sijara Eubanks on a day's notice for the TUF 26 Finale main event, only to be out scored by Montano in a fight dominated on the floor.
Next up, Hungarian striker Melinda Fabian nearly scored a highlight-reel finish of veteran DeAnna Bennett but ultimately settled for a disappointing majority draw.
Later, Eric Spicely's grappling nearly saw him through to a first-round victory, but Gerald Meerschaert's striking rebounded perfectly to earn him a second-round finish in a night that saw six stoppages of the eleven bouts.
Stepping in on the shortest of notices, Lauren Murphy took advantage of the spotlight and scored a hard-fought split-decision win over former Invicta FC champ Barb Honchak
A battle of fellow Team Gaethje contestants kicked off the TUF 26 Finale as 22-year-old Gillian Robertson looked composed and confident en route to a first-round submission victory against Emily Whitmire.
Followed that was a battle of two willing Team Alvarez strikers in which Shana Dobson scored the decisive blows over Ariel Beck to earn a second round stoppage via TKOs.
To conclude with the prelims, Christina Marks did her best to stay off the canvas, but Montana De La Rosa broke her guard to get herself to a fight-ending submission win in the first round of a flyweight bout.