If you didn't spend last night consuming all-you-can-eat MMA (TUF 12 Finale and Strikeforce: St. Louis), then you've likely stumbled on to this website on accident. There's a dehumidifier manufacturer with a eerily similar URL to ours. Apologies. We respect your dehumidification needs [we don't know what that means].
Last night 's TUF's Finale wasn't the most thrilling UFC event we've witnessed, nor was there too much submission grappling/jiu jitsu represented. However, there were a few noteworthy grappling moments:
Jonathan Brookins Rocked Gracie Barra Regalia: And by that, we mean he walked in (and out) sporting a GB t-shirt. Jonathan displayed very good grappling skills during the TUF season with RNC submission victories in 2 of his 3 fights. Facing a strong opponent in Michael Johnson, he relied on his solid wrestling (I counted 3 takedowns), jiu jitz and ground 'n pound to win the decision. Props to Jonathon for representing Gracie Barra and for earning his purple belt (awarded to him in the Octagon® after his victory).
Cody McKenzie and Patented Guillotine: If you watched this season of TUF, you are very aware that Cody's got one major weapon - a dangerously unorthodox guillotine choke. And, he used used it yet again last night against fellow TUF alum, Aaron Wilkinson. We're not sure if jiu jitsu can or should claim the guy, but with 10 of his 12 pro victories (he's undefeated) coming by way of guillotine, I'd say he's got grappling chops.
Let's hope he rounds out his skills and broadens his arsenal, because he has tons of potential and, more importantly, terrific facial hair.
Final Note: Damian Maia didn't get the submission, but dominated Kendall Grove for 3 straight rounds to win the decision. He's back. Jiu jitsu.