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The Ultimate Fighter finale

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    Ultimate Fighter Finale

    Diego Sanchez won the main event at "The Ultimate Fighter" No. 9 finale. Britain's Ross Pearson and Team U.K.'s James Wilks are the Ultimate Fighter winners for season 9.

  • James Wilks holds his trophy after he choked out DeMarques Johnson during the welterweight finals of The Ultimate Fighter finale at the Pearl at the Palms on Saturday, June 20, 2009.

    Brits living American (global) MMA dream

    June 21, 2009

    The Ultimate Fighter winners Ross Pearson and James Wilks have complete loyalty to the United Kingdom, but have no problem thanking the United States or the American-based reality TV show for helping them find big-time mixed martial arts success.

  • Clay Guida works out in a ballroom at the Palms on Thursday, June 18, 2009.

    Brits proved tough enough for MMA

    June 20, 2009

    The ninth installment of the UFC’s popular reality television show “The Ultimate Fighter” offered a unique twist as two countries, not mere teams, squared off for the first time for Spike TV audiences. The finale of the season that pitted the United States against the United Kingdom comes today at the Pearl at the Palms when two of the four finalists in the lightweight and welterweight divisions will win guaranteed six-figure fight contracts to compete in the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization.

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    'TUF' 9 Weigh-Ins

    Main event participants Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida exchange stares and not-so-pleasant pleasantries during Friday's weigh-in at the Palms.

  • Diego Sanchez (left) and Clay Guida face off during The Ultimate Fighter weigh-in at The Palms Friday.  The TUF 9 finale will be held Saturday inside the Pearl at The Palms, with Sanchez and Guida as the main event.

    Scary Sanchez stares down Guida at ‘TUF’ weigh-in

    June 19, 2009

    Diego Sanchez is one scary guy. They don’t call the New Mexico native “Nightmare” for no reason. Even when approaching the stage for something as innocent as a weigh-in, Sanchez has the look of a wolf ready to kill something and eat it for dinner.

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    The Ultimate Fighter No. 9

    Combatants taking part in Saturday's finale of The Ultimate Fighter season No. 9 took part in a media workout Thursday at the Palms.

  • Nate Diaz (left) and Joe Stevenson face of during The Ultimate Fighter weigh-in at The Palms Friday.  The TUF 9 finale will be held Saturday inside the Pearl at The Palms.

    Daddy’ Stevenson ready to bring big win home

    June 20, 2009

    With four children and a nickname like “Daddy,” obviously Joe Stevenson’s family is of the utmost importance to him. But being a professional fighter sometimes requires significant sacrifices. That’s why for the last eight weeks, the Victorville, Calif.-based Stevenson has called Albuquerque, New Mexico home. “I have my whole concentration on this fight with Nate (Diaz),” said Stevenson.

  • Diego Sanchez, right, fights Joe Stevenson of U.S. during a lightweight bout at the Ultimate Fighting Championship event at the O2 Arena in London on Feb. 21, 2009. Sanchez, beat Stevenson, and will face Clay Guida this Saturday in the main event of "The Ultimate Fighter" Finale at the Pearl at the Palms.

    Sanchez could lock up title shot with win Saturday

    June 18, 2009

    Diego Sanchez has seen enough Clay Guida fights to know that at some point in their Saturday night contest at the Pearl at the Palms, the aggressive lightweight is probably going to try to take him down. If it happens, Sanchez has a little surprise for him.

  • Clay Guida, top, rears back to punch Josh Thomson in their mixed martial arts fight during the Strikeforce event in San Jose, Calif., Friday, March 10, 2006. Guida won by decision. Guida will face Diego Sanchez in a UFC lightweight contest Saturday at the Pearl at the Palms.

    Clay Guida: Fishing for a title shot

    June 16, 2009

    There’s a fine line between a professional mixed martial arts career and a saved seat at the end of the bar. At least that’s the case for UFC lightweight Clay Guida.