Sunday, June 5, 2011

Woooo! Cope kicks off TUF 13 finale main event with win

Chris Cope beat his "Team Lesnar" teammate Chuck O'Neil to kick off the main card of "The Ultimate Fighter" season 13 finale in Las Vegas Saturday night. Cope took the fight 30-27 on all three judges' cards.

The two felt each other out for much of the first round, with Cope landing leg kicks and short jabs until Cope hit O'Neil with a left hook and the two moved into a clinch. Cope continued to move well. O'Neil became more aggressive in the final seconds of the round, hitting Cope with a barrage of punches as the first round ended.

O'Neil picked up Cope's leg kick habit in the second round, and Cope tried to employ head and body kicks to create offense. O'Neil tried to use flashy spinning back kicks, but had a hard time landing anything because of Cope's movement and O'Neil's telegraphing of every move.

With the crowd imitating his not-at-all-irritating "wooooos," Cope came on strong in the third round. After realizing the flashy kicks weren't as effective, Cope used an attack based in punches. O'Neil had no answer for Cope's striking combinations.

After the fight, Cope was happy with his performance.

"A lot of people growing up doubted me. How you like me in high-definition?" Cope said. "I don't this for the fame. I don't do it for the money."

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