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Uriah Hall Puts On “Primetime” Show at Ultimate Fighter Finale

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By:Thad Campbell

Uriah Hall’s performance on Season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter has earned praise from every angle.  His coaches, opponents, media members, and even the President of the UFC found bigger and better superlatives as Hall racked up four wins in six weeks on the show.

Saturday night the Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts product faced off with fellow castmember Kelvin Gastelum to see who would be crowned the Ultimate Fighter Season 17 winner and earn a six figure UFC contract.

The matchup was a classic heavy favorite versus underdog scenario with an added storyline of vicious striker versus grinding wrestler.  Hall’s spectacular knockouts during the season had earned him favorite status going in, but Gastelum, the last pick for Team Sonnen and 13th pick out of 14 fighters on the show, had also plowed his way through the competition.  He racked up two submissions and a tko in his four victories.

There was even a third storyline as the two were consistent training partners during the six week show and developed a friendship as Team Sonnen members that would be tested inside the Octagon.

The fight started off with Uriah and Kelvin testing each other out for the better part of two minutes.  Color analyst and TUF Season 1 alum Kenny Florian brought up similarities to Middleweight Kingpin Anderson Silva in describing the style Hall employed in Round 1.  Ultimately the round didn’t feature a whole lot other than a takedown from Gastelum.  Uriah was able to control from the bottom of half guard and eventually got back to his feet and shot a takedown attempt of his own as the round ended.

Round two saw things begin to heat up.  Hall came out looking like a different fighter.  He dropped the hands down style he used in the first round and instead began to fire straight punches that found Gastelum.  Within the first minute he had also fired off multiple head kicks with both legs, backing Gastelum away.

Gastelum answered back the only way he knew how, with a takedown.  Once again Uriah controlled from half guard and after a minute of trading shots with Uriah landing a vicious right hand from the bottom he was able to sweep Gastelum and gain top position in open guard.

Gastelum scrambled to his feet as the round hit the halfway mark.  Hall was able to land a couple solid strikes as his opponent stood up and then Hall showed that Tiger Schulmann’s is more than a striking school with an inside trip of his own putting him on top of Gastelum.  Kelvin also did a good job of keeping Uriah from landing any significant strikes from the top but then things got explosive.

Gastelum chose to give up his back in order to get back to his feet.  As they came back to a standing position Uriah was able to get behind his former teammate and delivered a highlight reel suplex that saw Gastelum land on the back of his head!

Credit to Gastelum who was able to scramble back to his feet, but not after being on the wrong end of another “Primetime” highlight.

The third round saw an immediate jumping technique by Gastelum met by a Hall knee kick.  It looked like a great shot to the abdomen, but the referee called it a low blow, thus taking the strike away from Hall on the judges scorecards.

Once again the clear advantage in striking was apparent as Hall used his incredible speed and feints to land shots on Gastelum.  Once again the Arizona native went to preservation mode and shot a takedown, but this time Uriah countered beautifully and ended up on top of Gastelum in sidemount.  He landed five seconds of unanswered ground and pound that had the announcers exclaiming Gastelum was in trouble.

The fight came back to the feet again and once again Hall was delivering shots from distance with Kelvin gamely throwing an overhand left and inside low kick back.  As the fight wound down to nearly a minute left, Gastelum went back to his bread and butter and scored another double leg takedown but Hall actually scored better shots from the bottom.

Gastelum was looking for an armlock but it backfired as Hall reversed and gained top position as the fight ended.

It was an amazing performance by both fighters and one that is only going to gain Uriah Hall more respect from the Mixed Martial Arts world.

Ultimately the judges scored the fight a split decision, one judge scoring two rounds to one for Hall, with the other two judges favoring Gastelum in two of the three rounds.

Kelvin Gastelum is the winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 17, but Uriah Hall was the winner in the eyes of the thousands of Tiger Schulmann’s MMA students who watched the fight.

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Uriah Hall and Kelvin Gastelum Battle to a Split Decision at TUF Finale

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Kelvin Gastelum vs. Uriah Hall

Round 1

Referee Herb Dean is the referee for the “TUF 17” final. Gastelum bounces forward, changing levels and scooting Hall backward around the perimeter. Hall stands with his hands down and his back on the fence, allowing Gastelum to punch him and get inside to clinch. Gastelum tries to knee the larger Hall, who shoves Gastelum’s face away but can’t get off the fence. Gastelum backs out 90 seconds into the round, then comes forward on Hall with a leg kick that lands and a high kick which does not. Hall slaps Gastelum’s face with a high kick, then moves backward to matador Gastelum. Hall pops his man with a jab, but Gastelum comes forward to stagger Hall with a left hand on the temple. Hall seems fine as he backs Gastelum off with a push kick, but Gastelum is tenacious and takes Hall down with a double-leg on the cage. Gastelum drops elbows from half-guard with two minutes remaining. There’s a brief kimura attempt which Gastelum lets go of, and Hall regains his full guard. Gastelum roughs Hall up with rugged ground-and-pound in the final minute, but Hall scoots to the fence and stands with 35 seconds to go. Hall sticks a jab and plows Gastelum down with a charging double-leg. Gastelum stands and finishes the round with his back to the fence and Hall in a headlock.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Gastelum
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Gastelum
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Gastelum

Round 2

Gastelum is pulling up short on his punches early in round two, and Hall’s rangy front kicks aren’t helping. Hall slaps Gastelum’s face with another high kick and then dips out of the way of an overhand punch. Gastelum gets Hall on the fence and takes him down with a double-leg, then sits up high in Hall’s half-guard. Hall’s long arms help him wrap up and limit Gastelum’s offense, so Gastelum drops a few punches to Hall’s body. Elbows are landing now for Gastelum, who momentarily presses his forearm across Hall’s throat. Halfway through the round, Hall bumps Gastelum and sweeps, then tags the Arizonan with a hard knee to the jaw as they stand. Gastelum may be hurt — from the knee or the follow-up punches — but it’s hard to tell, because he quickly has Hall pressed against the fence. Hall reverses the momentum by tripping Gastelum and falling down on top, in half-guard on Gastelum’s right side. Gastelum is looking for a stand-up from the ref after 15 seconds of Hall holding him down. He doesn’t get it, but Gastelum gets to his knees while under fire from Hall elbows. Hall keeps a rear waistlock and sends Gastelum head over heels with a suplex. Gastelum gets right back up and puts Hall on the cage to finish the round.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Hall
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Hall
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Hall

Round 3

Hall lands a knee to the body early in the final round, but ref Dean says it strayed low and Gastelum is given time to recover. He takes only a few seconds, and they’re back to work with Hall landing outside leg kicks as Gastelum bounces forward. Stiff jab goes for Hall as he catches Gastelum stepping in. Gastelum takes a moment, then charges at Hall and suplexes him to the ground. Gastelum tries to secure the back, but Hall gets out the back door and catches Gastelum kneeling with a flurry of punches. Gastelum escapes to his feet and slows the pace by holding Hall on the cage. They split with just over half the round remaining and Hall goes back to sniping with long jabs, then dodging Gastelum’s overhand bombs. Gastelum lands a wide left which Hall shakes off. Inside leg kick connects for Gastelum, who steps out of the way of a Hall punch. Gastelum hits a double-leg in the middle of the cage and grabs hold of Hall’s arm, but gives it up to go to Hall’s guard. Now it’s Hall throwing up his legs for an armbar which doesn’t go. Gastelum is slugging away from the top now, though it appears Hall is deflecting most of the shots; Hall is showing some good offense, rocking Gastelum’s head with punches from his back. Hall finishes on top as Gastelum goes for an armbar, and this one is going to the judges.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Gastelum (29-28 Gastelum)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Gastelum (29-28 Gastelum)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Hall (29-28 Hall)

Official result: The judges score the bout 29-28 Gastelum, 29-28 Hall and 29-28 for the winner by split decision, Kelvin Gastelum.

A great fight for the TUF finale. Congrats to both Uriah and Kelvin on a great season and great fight tonight. Both fought their heart out. #warrior

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Uriah Hall becoming huge hit on ‘Ultimate Fighter’

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To the 17th season of UFC’s “Ultimate Fighter” TV reality fighting show, Uriah Hall brought a reason to watch.

A pair of nasty highlight-reel knockouts created the type of buzz that speeds up the Queens-based Hall’s career trajectory and slows down everyone’s Internet.

He was the focal point of a social media and TV marketing cycle that began with “Wait til you see this!” was followed by “Did you see that?” and ended with “What will he do next?”

Next is the Ultimate Finale in Las Vegas on Saturday as Hall fights Kelvin Gastelum for a guaranteed six-figure contract with the UFC.

Win or lose, Hall carved out a reputation on the show that will earn him quite a few dollars and fights in the UFC. It also comes with expectations.

“I don’t want to live up to it,” Hall told Newsday. “If I start living up to it, then I’ll start putting too much pressure on myself.

“People are going to have their own expectations of me and the next thing you know, I have to be a certain way. I don’t want that. I went in there to test myself as an athlete and a fighter.”

He passed.

Hall (7-2) won by decision in his qualifying fight to make the final cut. Then came the pain for three fighters in his way.

Adam Cella’s name gained recognition in the preliminary round when his chin stopped Hall’s spinning heel kick and his body dropped in the final seconds of the first round. “I don’t think it was that spectacular of a knockout,” Hall said.

He’s wrong. Humble, but wrong.

Bubba McDaniel needed less than 15 seconds to accept one knee to the midsection and one straight left to the face before he hit the canvas against Hall in the quarterfinals.

“I don’t think in six weeks I could learn anything physical,” Hall said about the entirety of his time on the show. “Just the mindset I had to let go and realize my full potential.”

Dylan Andrews made it through the first round against Hall in the semifinals, which took place last December and aired Tuesday night, then almost made it to the judges’ scoring cards.

But Hall somehow managed to land significant strikes from his back, roll his opponent over without using his arms and then land a series of punches to stop the fight. “I feel I can hit from any position,” Hall said. “You get me on my back, you get on my back, I’m going to hit you. That’s what I’m good at. I’m good at hitting. And I’m going to hit you from any position you put me in.”

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Tiger Schulmann’s MMA Shining At The Highest Level

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Smooth Transition to MMA

By: Thad Campbell

It’s been a dozen years since I began training at Tiger Schulmann’s and in that time I’ve witnessed a remarkable change in the competitive aspect of Mixed Martial Arts as well as the effectiveness of our curriculum.

My first MMA show was in 2002 and it was attended almost exclusively by practicing Martial Artists and friends and family of competitors. You would be hard pressed to find a single person in the crowd who was simply there because they were a fan of the sport!

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Tiger Schulmann with Sensei David Tirelli after his final MMA fight, a win over UFC Fighter Luke Cummo in 2003

 Fast forward to 2013 when Sensei Uriah Hall will fight on The Ultimate Fighter Finale show in Las Vegas to secure a six figure UFC contract. There will be more than 10,000 people at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday Night, the vast majority of whom have never spent more than a couple classes training in Martial Arts.

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Sensei Uriah Hall takes on Kelvin Gastelum Saturday Night on FX!

What makes this night so special for Tiger Schulmann’s is the realization of a two decades process for our founder. Tiger Schulmann watched UFC 1 with his brother Ron Schulmann back in 1993. Already the owner of the largest most successful Martial Arts Organization in the world, he saw the writing on the wall.

As soon as Royce Gracie dispatched Al Jimmerson via Armbar, the two brothers began moving furniture around the living room to create space to begin practicing the submission themselves. It was a matter of months before he would begin taking the steps to implement the curriculum in his then 30 plus locations.

This evolution took some serious courage. Why change what was working? Many instructors teaching traditional karate, tae kwon do or kung fu felt they would lose students if they strayed from the tradition of Eastern Martial Arts.

That couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact I believe wholeheartedly that if we were still teaching traditional Kyokushin Karate not only would Tiger Schulmann’s not be any where near what it is today, but I doubt highly I would be a part of it. Fortunately, Tiger Schulmann did not fall pray to this short sightedness.

Realistic Self-Defense Combined With Great Workout

What Tiger Schulmann has done consistently over the last thirty years is give students a great workout combined with Self-Defense. The transition to teaching a more contemporary style of self-defense is helping on both fronts.

Students are no longer asked to study their strikes, close range Self-Defense moves, Kata (traditional forms of karate originating from the 1500’s), Sparring, and Board Breaking. The curriculum has been streamlined to include two aspects. Students are placed into a progressive kickboxing curriculum that gradually allows them to master all their strikes and defenses in a stand-up Self-Defense situation.

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Uriah Hall Uses Same Jab New Students Practice Every Class!

Then they can also take advantage of our Grappling curriculum. Similar to kickboxing it is designed to teach students the most effective offensive (positional changes and submissions) and defensive techniques should a Self-Defense situation take place on the ground.

The increased time spent on a single focus allows for students to gain proficiency in their techniques much more quickly. Students no longer have to transition between four or five different types of training. This leads to more time being spent on the full speed practice of the moves and less time slowing down to master the technique.

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Tiger Schulmann’s Students Dominate Grappling Championships

The second benefit is a much more street wise Self-Defense program. While traditional karate would certainly give someone a much better chance of escaping a difficult situation on the street, it is undeniable that Mixed Martial Arts is not only light years more effective, but can be learned to proficiency for a street-situation in a much shorter time frame.

Uriah Hall Latest Standard Bearer

This Saturday the effectiveness of the curriculum will be on display as Uriah Hall tries to finish the job he started on The Ultimate Fighter Reality show. He will take on Kelvin Gastelum Saturday night in hopes of gaining entry in to the UFC.

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No animosity between the two who were teammates on the show.

I had the pleasure of competing with Uriah during Chuck Norris’ World Combat League. We got to see then what an explosive talent he was. Now five years later, Uriah has rounded out his grappling game to equal his kickboxing skill.

Everyone in the MMA community has known how prolific a striker he is, but it’s been his improvement on the ground that has allowed his striking skills to be overwhelming on the reality show.

No longer worried about an opponent taking him to the ground, Uriah has been able to strike more freely and the result has been four straight victories, the last three coming in the form of knockout.

His striking is so honed after 14 years of fighting it led the President of the UFC to say he is the scariest fighter ever to come out of the 17 seasons of the show. He also finished his last opponent while striking from his back. Again prompting UFC President Dana White to say he’d never seen anything like it in 13 years of leading the organization.

This is the result of 14 years of Tiger Schulmann’s training for Uriah. While he is supremely talented, it is the hard work and dedication he has put in seven days a week for the last fourteen years that are insuring his talent is not wasted!

He follows in the footsteps of Sensei’s Mike Stine and Louis Gaudinot as well as Joshu Jimmie Rivera as Tiger Schulmann’s students competing on The Ultimate Fighter and he became the first to earn his way to the finals. His fight Saturday will make him Tiger Schulmann’s third student to compete at the highest level of MMA, joining Gaudinot and Joshu Nick Pace.

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Uriah With Sensei Mike Stine (far left) and Rego Park TSMMA Staff!

This sort of success is almost unheard of. While numerous MMA camps boast five or more members of the UFC, none can say every fighter they have in the UFC began training at their schools with no experience in Martial Arts. In fact the opposite is almost always the case, fighters learned a base skill, whether striking, grappling or wrestling, and then moved to a more well known camp after getting to a certain proficiency. Pace, Rivera, Gaudinot, Stine and Hall all began at Tiger Schulmann’s with no prior Martial Arts training.

Throw in the likes of Lyman Good, Carlos Brooks and Munah Holland who compete in Bellator, the second largest MMA Organization, and you have a group of people showing the effectiveness of Tiger Schulmann’s to the world.


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Bellator 95 Results & Play-by-Play

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Brian Kelleher vs. Jimmie Rivera
Round 1
Rivera opens up with active kicking, cracking Kelleher to the legs and body. Rivera steps in and flurries on “Boom Boom,” who clinches and runs Rivera across the cage. Rivera turns him around and puts him on the fence momentarily before opting to reset standing. Rivera potshots from the outside until Kellher shoots in on a single, pushing Rivera to the cage again. Rivera again turns him around, banging him to the body with right hands and landing knees to the body. Rivera steps away again, feints on the feet, prompting another Kelleher takedown attempt. Rivera easily turns him around once again then finishes a double-leg of his own. Kelleher pops back up but eats some Rivera lefts for his efforts. Kelleher shoots in again at the bell and gets stuffed.

Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Rivera
Sam Genovese scores the round 10-9 Rivera
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Rivera

Round 2
Rivera sneaks a few right hands in before thwarting another Kelleher takedown rush. Kelleher fires a wild overhand left and shoots again, not even in Rivera’s area code. The Tiger Schulmann fighter nearly takes Kelleher’s back before pushing him back into the cage. They separate and Rivera establishes his left jab, keeping Kelleher away from wild takedowns with his lead hand. Rivera starts to work his kicks again, prompting the tired Kelleher to barrel forward for another shot. Rivera easily defends again and puts him on the fence once more. After grinding away with no real offense, Rivera gets in on a double-leg takedown with under 30 seconds to go and again dumps his man on the mat late before the bell.

Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Rivera
Sam Genovese scores the round 10-9 Rivera
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Rivera

Round 3

“The Terror” starts with his jab again, stabbing it out and landing a left hook-right hook combo behind it. Rivera works his hands ably until Kelleher unloads a wild uppercut that drops Rivera to a knee. Rivera clinches and quickly recovers, responding quickly with hooks of his own. More clinching ensues along the cage, both men landing hard with knees. They separate briefly, but winging hooks force the two fighters back to one another, initiating another battle of over-unders along the cage. Kelleher drives for another takedown, only to be rebuffed for the umpteenth time by Rivera. Rivera lands short shots in close before dropping for another late-round double-leg takedown. Kelleher defends, throwing knees to the head and body. Rivera abandons that tactic, flurrying with hooks and tackling Kelleher to the mat again. Rivera is able to claim top position but it is too late to do anything with it.

Official result: The judges score the bout 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision, Jimmie Rivera.

Carlos Brooks vs. Tom DeBlass
Round 1
Brooks and DeBlass throw long punches to start. Brooks clips DeBlass with a right, prompting a DeBlass clinch. The New Jersey native locks up a guillotine standing and jumps it quickly. Brooks takes his time and pops his head out when DeBlass goes all the way down to the mat and into guard. Brooks frees himself from the UFC veteran’s guard and allows him to stand up. Brooks immediately lands a spinning back kick and starts popping his jab in DeBlass’ face. DeBlass steps inside and absorbs a hard knee to the body. Brooks can’t stop his opponent’s momentum, however, as DeBlass runs him into the fence and looks for a single. Brooks defends and DeBlass steps away. Brooks starts landing his left low kick inside on DeBlass, so DeBlass runs him back into the fence. Brooks throws a knee that strays low on DeBlass, but referee Bill Bookwalter sees it and gives DeBlass his respite. Upon resumption, DeBlass struggles to get past Brooks’ long, powerful jab. DeBlass gets underneath it and runs Brooks to the fence again, but still can’t take him down. Brooks separates and continues probing with the jab until the bell rings.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Brooks
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Brooks
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Brooks

Round 2
Brooks’ jab is instantly on display again as DeBlass tries to leg kick his way into the standup. The Tiger Schulmann fighter just keeps his lead left hand going, tagging DeBlass whenever he’s in range. Both men take turns swiping with hooks that hit only air. DeBlass times a single-leg shot well and quickly wrangles Brooks to the ground, but “Shake and Bake” shrimps his way back to the fence, looking to slide up the cage. Brooks can’t get up, so he closes his guard and overhooks both of DeBlass’ arms, hoping for a standup. DeBlass stays busy with short elbows. DeBlass isn’t really beating Brooks up, but he’s consistently landing punches to the body and elbows over the top. Brooks seems relatively lost as to how to stop DeBlass. A left overhand from DeBlass clocks Brooks in the eye. Brooks squints as DeBlass punches and elbows away until the bell.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 DeBlass
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 DeBlass
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 DeBlass

Just before the third round is set to begin, referee Bill Bookwalter calls for the ringside physicians to examine Brooks’ right eye. The ringside physician calls the bout and Brooks does not protest. Tom DeBlass is the winner by doctor’s stoppage after the second round.

lymanLyman Good vs. Dante Rivera
Round 1
Good comes out moving forward, throwing and landing right hands. They tie up and Good unloads some solid shots to the body. They trade knees in close quarters. Rivera is throwing knees and uppercuts with his back to the fence. For now, it’s a dirty boxing battle. Good with a couple hard uppercuts, and he keeps Rivera’s back to the cage. Rivera is finding a home for short uppercuts as well. They continue to trade knees and short punches in tight, but it appears that Good has a slight edge thus far. One minute remains in the stanza, and both Good and Rivera appear content to battle in close quarters. “Cyborg” looks for a single leg as the round winds down, then throws a big right hand after the takedown attempt fails.

Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Good
Sam Genovese scores the round 10-9 Good
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Good

Round 2
Good moves forward immediately, throws a high kick and ties up Rivera against the fence once again. Good doing a solid job of landing knees and punches to the body. Rivera responds with an elbow over the top, then the TUF alum with a knee to the gut. Good appears to stagger Rivera with a knee to the body of his own. The grueling battle against the fence continues, and Rivera is still content to fight with his back to the cage. Good with short punches to the body, and Rivera responds with knees. Rivera lands another solid knee from the Thai plum. Good changes levels and gets a takedown with 20 seconds to go. Rivera lands a few left hands from his back as time expires.

Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Good
Sam Genovese scores the round 10-9 Good
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Good

Round 3
It takes about 15 seconds before the two competitors are engaged against the fence again, with Good in the familiar position of pushing his man against the cage. More short punches and the occasional knee from Good. Good’s strength allows him to control the position. He continues to stay busy with his short knees and punches.Rivera’s output seems to have slowed somewhat, but Good continues to apply heavy pressure. Good with a knee to the groin, but Rivera doesn’t want a rest and they go right back to the clinch. Rivera attempts to fire off some more punches, but it’s too little too late. Good opens up with heavy knees and punches as the round draws to a close. They break away and Good misses a high kick as the bell sounds.

Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Good (30-27 Good)
Sam Genovese scores the round 10-9 Good (30-27 Good)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Good (30-27 Good)

Official result: Judges Eric Colon and Tony Tamburrino score the bout 30-27 while Cardo Urso reckons it 29-28, all for the winner by unanimous decision, Lyman Good.