Team Edgar’s Eddie Gordon pulled off the upset in the middleweight bracket with a TKO win over fellow teammate Dhiego Lima just 71 seconds into the first round at the TUF 19 Finale. After Gordon won all of his fights in the house via decision, he wasted no time in the finale with a big win over the favourite Lima.
Eddie Gordon is now 8-1 as a professional and looked good value for his win, landing some huge shots in an impressive performance. Dhiego Lima drops to 10-2 and confirmed that he will be returning to welterweight after the conclusion of the TUF 19 season. The future of Gordon is unknown just yet, but what can be confirmed is that he has earned a contract with the UFC.
Gordon also earned a Harley Davidson motorcycle alongside the six figure contract, while Lima earned a $25k bonus for Submission of the Season.
Here is how the fight played out.
The middleweight finale, with both fighters fighting out of Team Edgar. Both Cormier and Stann are predicting a Lima win, who seems to be the consensus favourite for this fight. Gordon is 7-1, Lima being 10-1.
Round 1 - Lima with a leg kick and blocks the counters. Gordon taking the centre and pushing Lima back. Left hook grazes Lima there. Stiff jab from Lima. Gordon with a big combination, that overhand right landing. Lima is in trouble! It was the big right that dropped him! An uppercut drops him! Those shots hit the back of the head but he’s continuing the barrage! More big shots and Lima is out. Great performance from Gordon, who went bezerk mode once he knew Lima was hurt. He is the middleweight TUF 19 champ.
Result: Gordon via TKO (punches) at 1:11 in first round.
Very impressive from Eddie Gordon, who smelt blood and went for the kill. He was the underdog but didn’t act like it. Absolutely brutal shots.
Check out the full play-by-play for the card here. Here are the results for the event as it stands.
Main Card: FOX Sports 1
Eddie Gordon def. Dhiego Lima via TKO (punches) at 1:11 in first round.
Derrick Lewis def. Guto Inocente via TKO (punches) at 3:30 in first round.
Dustin Ortiz def. Justin Scoggins via split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29).
Preliminary Card: FOX Sports 1
Kevin Lee def. Jesse Ronson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27).
Leandro Issa def. Jumabieke Tuerxun via submission (armbar) at 3:49 in third round.
Adriano Martins def. Juan Manuel Puig via KO (punch) at 2:21 in first round.
Patrick Walsh def. Dan Spohn via unanimous decision (30-27 x3).
Preliminary Card: UFC Fight Pass
Sarah Moras def. Alexis Dufresne via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27).
Robert Drysdale def. Keith Berish via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:03 in first round.