Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Saturday night's TUF 7 finale, which saw newcomer Amir Sadollah inexplicably armbar CB Dolloway again to capture the title of "Ultimate Fighter", also featured one of the most depressing bouts in UFC history. In the headliner between Evan Tanner and TUF 3 winner Kendall Grove, a tired and spent Tanner took three full rounds of punishment en route to a loss via unanimous decision. For fans of the former champ it was no doubt a sight that was hard to take, but to make matters worse, Tanner was taken behind the shed out back and shot immediately following the show - a move decried by many as heartless, as he could conceivably have been put out to pasture to stud. "He had a good run," said UFC matchmaker Joe Silva. "But it was his time. It was his time."