After The Crossfire: TUF 20 Finale

C is for Cookie. But after the TUF 20 Finale last night, C is for Carla Esparza and for Champion.

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MMA Crossfire – TUF 20 Finale predictions

Pat Barry has to be feeling good.

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MMA Crossfire – TUF 20: Ep 12 thoughts

There can be only one.

The runs of Jessica Penne and Canadian Randa Markos came to an end last night.

Their promising careers begin with Friday’s TUF 20 Finale card.

The spotlight is on Rose Namajunas. She’s captivated viewers with her devastating combination of skill and sizzle with superstar written all over her.

But Carla Esparza is not chopped liver. It should be a great TUF 20 Finale main event.

Welcome back to The Crossfire.

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MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman is away, so Kenai Andrews steps in to share his thoughts.

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Team Pettis fighter Randa Markos gets her hands wrapped before facing team Melendez fighter Rose Namajunas during filming of season twenty of The Ultimate Fighter on August 14, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Andrews: This was the last episode, so my thoughts are more reflective of the series.

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Team Melendez fighter Rose Namajunas gets her hands wrapped before facing team Pettis fighter Randa Markos during filming of season twenty of The Ultimate Fighter on August 14, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

I think Cassie would agree that TUF 20 is one of the most important seasons ever, and not just for building new generations of female fighters. This season will be instrumental for planting the MMA seed for the next generations of fighters.

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Team Melendez fighter Rose Namajunas (bottom) attempts to submit team Pettis fighter Randa Markos during filming of season twenty of The Ultimate Fighter on August 14, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Thanks to the efforts of people like Invicta FC CEO Shannon Knapp, we saw the benefits in TUF 20.

They had to be smiling during the series.

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Team Melendez fighter Rose Namajunas pushes team Pettis fighter Randa Markos up against the cage during filming of season twenty of The Ultimate Fighter on August 14, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

We saw the good, the bad and the ugly. We saw many issues with the cast laid bare. But we also the skills, and potential that outweighed the issues at the end of the day.

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Team Melendez fighter Rose Namajunas reacts after her submission victory over team Pettis fighter Randa Markos during filming of season twenty of The Ultimate Fighter on August 14, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

It was an entertaining season, overall.

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Team Pettis fighter Carla Esparza punches team Pettis fighter Jessica Penne during filming of season twenty of The Ultimate Fighter on August 14, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

That’s still a sobering thought when you look back to the state of women’s MMA as little as five years ago.

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Team Pettis fighter Jessica Penne punches team Pettis fighter Carla Esparza during filming of season twenty of The Ultimate Fighter on August 14, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Check out the replay highlights of Carla Esparza vs Jessica Penne here.

Check out the replay highlights of Rose Namajunas vs Randa Markos here

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Team Pettis fighter Carla Esparza celebrates her win over team Pettis fighter Jessica Penne during filming of season twenty of The Ultimate Fighter on August 14, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Now, it’s on to the TUF 20 Finale. MMA Crossfire readers know the score. Vote below.

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MMA Crossfire – Watch the TUF 20 Ep 12 Final Four preview and then vote

Tonight’s Episode 12 of TUF 20 features the final four fighters.

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MMA Crossfire – AXS TV fitness and nutrition series Celebrity Sweat debuts Jan. 10th

Saturday nights on AXS TV will be a little healthier beginning January 10th.

That’s because the station’s newest reality series Celebrity Sweat will premiere. at 1pm ET/10am PT.

Hosted by Eric “The Trainer” Fleishman, the 10-episode series explores how entertainers, athletes and celebrities stay fit.

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Each week, a different personality will share their fitness and nutrition secrets.

Celebrities for the first season include former 4-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield, UFC middleweight Anderson Silva, WBC welterweight boxing champion and actor Victor Ortiz, a combination of the LA KISS Football team players with Paul Stanley from the band KISS, Tae Bo creator Billy Blanks and Hollywood actor/MMA fighter Cung Le.

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A special episode will air from the sidelines at the Celebrity Flag Football Game at the Super Bowl, as well as from New York City at the 2015 NBA All-Star weekend.

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MMA Crossfire – Watch the trailer for the 2015 MMA film Street

Move over, Warrior and Foxcatcher. Quest Pictures’ Street is coming through.

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MMA Crossfire – Former WWE champion CM Punk to make 2015 UFC debut

Phil “CM Punk” Brooks announced on the UFC 181 pay-per-view that he will debut in the company in 2015.

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