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'TUF' Finale is set

Glendale's Chivichyan will take on Watson

December 01, 2010|By Grant Gordon

GLENDALE - [Update: 3:51 p.m.] With the latest episode on Wednesday night, the 12th season of “The Ultimate Fighter” concluded – at least in its pre-taped reality television form – with the finalists set for Saturday night’s live finale at The Palms in Las Vegas.

The Georges St. Pierre-coached tandem of Jonathan Brookins and Kyle Watson waged battle with Brookins, who had previously upended Glendale fighters Sako Chivichyan and Sevak Magakian, prevailing via decision. In the other semifinal bout, Team GSP’s Michael Johnson eked out a split decision in a hard-fought three-rounder against Nam Phan, coached by Josh Koscheck.

Thus, on Saturday, Brookins and Johnson will meet in a matchup of Team GSP fighters to determine the next “Ultimate Fighter.” Also announced were a slew of other matchups, including Chivichyan taking on Watson. The fight will mark Chivichyan's official Ultimate Fighting Championship. It is unlikely the bout will be televised live on the Spike TV broadcast.


In the latest episode, with Team Koscheck shut out of the championship and with just one fighter in the semifinals, it was perhaps little surprise that some bickering came to the forefront from the Koscheck-coached fighters.

Wednesday’s episode began with as much, as fighter Marc Stevens led the way with a not-too flattering impersonation of Koscheck that the coach actually walked in on. Before that, other fighters aired their grievances about Koscheck’s coaching, as well. Chivichyan chimed in that while there were some negatives, he took a lot of positives from Koscheck. It was a statement that makes further sense now as Chivichyan and Magakian have been training with Koscheck and his team at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose.

"I did see a lot of positives," Chivichyan said. "[Koscheck has] been like a mentor to me. He's given me advice everyday."

And for Chivichyan, the experience of being on "The Ultimate Fighter" was an eye-opening one he remains grateful to have undertaken.

"It was the biggest experience of my life," he said. "It opened my eyes to what I need to do to get to the next level."

It was a bit different for Magakian, who lost in the first round to Brookins and was hampered by a rib injury that was never made public on the show.

"I'm happy that I did it," Magakian said. "It was probably one of the best and worst experiences of my life. ... I know I could've done better, but I got this [expletive deleted] injury."

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