Las Vegas, NV | It was an awful performance from both men, but Gabriel Gonzaga was eventually declared the winner over Konstantin Erokhin.
The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale was held on December 11, 2015 at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Konstantin Erokhin took place on the preliminary card which aired on Fox Sports 1.
Both fighters were content to start this one cautiously due to their respect for one and others’ power. No strikes were attempted in the opening minute of the bout. Erokhin controlled the center of the cage and attempted to slowly walk Gonzage towards the fence. Gonzage finally attempted some kicks, but nothing that landed. The crowd began to become restless around the 2:00 minute mark as neither man was willingly to engage. A hard body kick for Gonzage was the first blow to land. Erokhin stuffeed a shot from the outside by Gonzaga, but still didn’t open up. He unleashed a 1-2 shortly after, but nothing substantial. The action picked up a bit around the 1:00 mark, but not for long. Finally, Gonzaga landed a takedown with only seconds left in the 1st round, but the bell sounded before he could take advantage.
The 2nd round began nearly as timidly as the 1st, but Erokhin began to pump a jab, something he neglected to do in the first. Gonzaga was attempting to get his kicking game going, even though he was having trouble landing anything. By now, even the referee was calling for action as the crowd began to shower the cage with boos. Erokhon picked up the pace of his movement and threw a few more jabs, but neither man were doing much work. Gonzaga tried to score a late takedown, just like in the first, but he only ended up pressing the action against the fence as the round ended.
Erokhin’s corner pleaded for more action before the 3rd round, but it was Gonazaga who picked up the pace and finally succeeded in getting the fight to the mat in the opening minute of the final stanza. He passed to half-guard almost immediately and began looking to work on Erokhin’s left arm before landing some ground-and-pound. Gonzaga then went for a kimura, but Erokhin held onto his own shorts to prevent. he allowed Gonzaga to briefly mount him, but Erokin managed to get back to his feet. It appeared that Erokhin was in desperate need of some offense to take the round, but he simply stood in the center of the cage and stared at his opponent. The referee once again called for action with 30 secs left, but neither man seemed willing to oblige. The bout finally ended with almost no action at all.
Gonzaga would be declared the victor with scores of 30-27, 30-27, an 30-28.
Gonzaga moved to 17-10 with the boring win while Erokhin slipped to 9-3.
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