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Hey, This TUF 13 Finale Looks Pretty Good

Dammit, who are all you guys again?

Say what you will about The Ultimate Fighter (not like you need an invitation), but the finale shows tend to be pretty damn fun.  This season, we actually have two fairly solid finalists, a dynamite co-main in Pettis-Guida, plus a handful of other matchups calibrated for striking showdowns and crowd amazement.

Here’s a quick and dirty rundown of the fights scheduled for this weekend, with a few of those fancy moving pictures that you like so much.  Who ya got?

Ramsey Nijem


Tony Ferguson

Well, either this fight is the one you’ve been waiting for, or you’re just wondering what these two nobodies are doing on your UFC card.  Tune in to find out which guy gets a contract with the UFC.  (Spoiler Alert:  It’ll be both of them.)

Anthony Pettis


Clay Guida

If you aren’t looking forward to this fight, you just go ahead and get the hell out of our website.  Neither dude is capable of being in a boring fight.  Guida is confident that he’ll handle Pettis; meanwhile we’ve gotten reports that Showtime is practicing something called a “Shaolin-McTwist bicycle kick.”  Now, maybe we made that up, but maybe not.

Fabio Maldonado


Kyle Kingsbury

Maldonado (18-3) made his UFC debut in October last year, when the Brazilian boxer TKO’d James McSweeney in his hometown.  Maldonado has hands of stone and a chin to match – he’ll want to sleepify Kingsbury standing.  Kingsbury (10-2) has been tearing up the undercard scene ever since he lost to Tom Lawlor in the TUF 8 finals, plus he’s been getting some high-tech training.  This one has flown under the radar, but it should be a good scrap.  We got Kingsbu.

Ed Herman


Tim Credeur

It’s been almost two years (and two surgeries) since Ed Herman’s injury TKO loss to Aaron Simpson. Of course, Short Fuse (19-7) is coming back better than ever — they all say that. His opponent will be Tim Credeur (12-3), who is taking a step up in competition after nearly two years away from the cage himself. We’re leaning toward Herman here, but after that long away from the cage, it comes down to who knocks off the ring rust better.

Chris Cope


Chuck O’Neil

The two guys who lost in the semis will mix it up for third place, presumably for a smaller etched-glass thingie and a nice TapouT watch.

Danny Downes (8-1) v Jeremy Stephens (19-6)

Danny Boy Downes steps in on short notice to replace Jonathan Brookins for his UFC debut after going 2-1 in the WEC. He’ll look to match firepower with Jeremy Stephens in a knockout race, which we are totally fine with. Why yes, we would like some popcorn. Thank you.

George Roop (11-7) vs Josh Grispi (14-2)

George Roop has lost to the cream of the crop at 145 and 155, including Eddie Wineland, George Sotiropoulos, and Mark Hominick, so try not to focus on the numbers too much. On the other hand, his opponent is 22 year old Josh Grispi, who was in line for a shot at Jose Aldo before losing to Dustin Poirier at UFC 125.  Expect Grispi to return to form Saturday night and finish the fight in the first round.

Scott Jorgensen (11-4) v Ken Stone (9-2)

Damn, Ken Stone gets Slampaged at the last-ever WEC show, and his return fight is Scott Jorgensen? That just doesn’t seem right. Jorgensen is going to make an impression in his UFC debut, especially after that frustrating loss to Dominick Cruz. We’re looking for Jorgensen to score a submission win over Keith Stone’s little bro.

Clay Harvison (6-1) vs Justin Edwards (6-0)

Justin Edwards didn’t last long in TUF, suffering a KO loss to Tony Ferguson in the first round of fights.  That’s the risk you run when you’re an offense-first kind of guy.  Edwards has never been to a decision, and a fight with Clay Harvison is likely to be the first.  Expect a brawl … and a knockout.  We’re thinking Harvison, if only because he seems to have a better chin.

Shamar Bailey (13-6) vs Ryan McGillivray (11-4)

McGillivray is the guy that Mike Russel referred to as “the Canadian guy”, while Shamar Bailey has a vanity website.  The Canadian guy lost to finalist Tony Ferguson in the quarterfinal round, while Sham-Wow got sniped off by Chris Cope.  If one of them pulls of a spectacular finish, you can expect to see him around.  Otherwise, expect them to pick up some wins in the minors before getting an invite back.

Francisco Rivera (5-1) v Reuben Duran (7-3-1)

Both coming off losses in their debut fights under the Zuffa banner, Rivera and Duran both need to impress some people if they want to stay on at the big show.


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fatbellyfrank- June 4, 2011 at 12:07 am
free cards always a good card, but there's some grouse lookin match ups here, will be a very pleasant sunday afternoon guida v pettis for free, thank you TUF
Tai-Pan- June 3, 2011 at 7:36 pm
When you think about it might be more financially lucrative to lose the TUF Finale and then pick up a Zuffa contract anyway. A little less job security but looking at Roy Nelsons last payout it might just work.
axhed- June 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm
bk logo in the center of the octagon. awesome.
Jonny5- June 3, 2011 at 11:36 am
The three fights I'm most interested in on this card in order of interest are Jorgensen, Pettis vs Guida, and Grispi. Obv. UFC isn't as stoked on these as me since they've put them on the undercard. Anyone here know if we'll be able to stream the Jorgensen and Grispi fight on facebook or something???
WuTangClan- June 3, 2011 at 10:14 am
Even if that wasnt Kingsbury. That was the most pointless GIF ive ever seen.
dim mak- June 3, 2011 at 9:22 am
yeah, way more excited for this card than last week's PPV: Pettis, Kingsbury, even the TUF finale should be an entertaining fight. i'll be rooting for ramzi, but i expect ferguson's footwork and slick boxing might be too much for him. but the main attraction is my man, the fearless and endlessly creative anthony pettis. WAR PETTIS!!!
MKO- June 3, 2011 at 9:18 am
Damn excited. Looking forward to Maldonado. Loved how he spent the first round letting the Brit tee off on him, then just punished the shit out of him; hilarious how he was just sticking his neck out trying to get RNC'd while Maldonado seemed content on punching him in the body
Me likey- June 3, 2011 at 8:52 am
this card should be better than last weekends. wouldn't take much though.
Bare Grappler- June 3, 2011 at 8:46 am
I'm just curious as to who will tweet their junk.
ReX13- June 3, 2011 at 8:43 am
spitting into the wind >> good catch; fixed.
WuTangClan- June 3, 2011 at 8:18 am
Jesus Christ what an unnecessary Kingsbury GIF.
Spitting into the wind- June 3, 2011 at 8:15 am
That Kyle Kingsbury Gif sure looks an awful lot like Chad Mendes.
El Famous Burrito- June 3, 2011 at 8:08 am
What, no Len Bentley? He assured us that he was the best fighter on the show, nay, the planet!
Fried Taco- June 3, 2011 at 7:35 am
Squirrel is showing some of that caveman love!
rogerw- June 3, 2011 at 7:32 am
That's an awesome card, I'm looking very much forward to that, even the prelims are interesting.
Squirrel- June 3, 2011 at 7:19 am
Hell the only reason I'd be watching it is because of Guida. effin beast. Love to watch him fight. no homo.