Amidst everything else going on, the UFC has themselves a busy day today with the UFC on FX 6 taking place in Australia and The Ultimate Fighter 16 finale weigh-ins. All 24 fighters made weight today for tomorrow’s event that will crown The Ultimate Fighter 16 welterweight winner.
Not only is The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale taking place this weekend but the second international version of the reality shot, TUF: Smashes will also be holding their finale in Australia. With the time difference the Australian card airs on Friday, while the domestic TUF 16 finale will air live on Saturday from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In some tricky scheduling, we have two TUF Finales in two days, with TUF: The Smashes and TUF 16: Carwin vs. Nelson. While Carwin vs. Nelson itself will be put on the shelf due to Carwin's knee injury, we're still treated to a solid card with Matt Mitrione stepping in on short notice against Nelson. Being as us American folks missed out of The Smashes, I'll be combining these two cards into one epic fight report for your reading pleasure, so let's dig into the massive report.
Earlier this month 12 of the 16 TUF Live fighters made their official UFC debuts at the season’s finale. The four that didn’t get their shot under the big lights were unable to fight on the card due to injuries sustained in the last few weeks of the season. One of the unlucky ones was Mike Rio.
Heading into the final opening round bout of TUF Live, Team Faber is up 4-3 and can either head into the quarterfinals with a 5-3 lead or be all tied up. Mike Rio of Team Cruz takes on Andy Ogle from Team Faber to round out the quarterfinal field in Episode 9 of TUF Live.
It’s all tied up at three after last week’s win by Vinc Pichel of Team Cruz, with only two fights remaining in the opening round of TUF Live. Up next is Sam Sicilia (Team Cruz) vs. Chris Saunders (Team Faber) as the two bitter rival coaches try to head into the quarterfinal round with the numbers advantage.
Heading into tonight’s TUF Live fight, Team Faber was up 3-2 with three more opening round fights to go. After losing the first two bouts, Team Faber has won the last three and will look to retain control.
Tonight’s first “real” episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Live and the first look of the shows new “live” structure. The first week of the show saw the fighters split into teams, a fighter get some bad news and the first fighter earns a spot in the quarterfinal round.