This past year was yet another really good one for the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. The UFC introduced the women’s bantamweight division, Champions fell while stars began to rise and promotions like, Bellator, Invicta FC, WSOF and the XFC continued to grow.
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.
Team Carwin’s striking coach Pat Barry will be joining the TUF 16 head coach Shane Carwin on The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale fight card on December 15th. Carwin will oppose fellow head coach Roy Nelson in the night’s main event, while Barry will take on former Strikeforce heavyweight Shane del Rosario.
It’d finally here; the first installment of the MMA Media Roundtable has arrived and the panel will take on UFC 146 & TUF Live in this the inaugural edition. The panel of three will each answer one question regarding last weekend’s historic UFC 146 and one on this seasons TUF Live, which wrapped up at Fridays Finale.
If you like heavyweights then UFC 146 is the main card you do not want to miss. All five main card bouts will be in the heavyweight division, headlined with the UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos making his first title defense against the former champion, Frank Mir.
Coming up this Saturday, May 26, UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir comes to you live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. When this card was first announced, people were going crazy over the original main event between Junior Dos Santos and Alistair Overeem. Unfortunately, Overeem was pulled from the card after a failed drug test and the MMA world was up in arms trying to figure out who would take his place. Two weeks later, Dana White announced via Twitter that former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Frank Mir, would be filling in against Junior Dos Santos.