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TUF Finale Surprisingly Thin on TUF Contestants


(Evan Tanner endorses Sprawl shorts, Bud Light, and shirtless prospecting all in one magical afternoon.)

MMA Mania has a look at what is the most current fight card for this weekend’s Ultimate Fighter Finale, and it’s interesting to note that it doesn’t include too many familiar faces from this season of TUF. If their report is correct, the event should look something like this:

Evan Tanner (32-7) vs. Kendall Grove (8-5)
TUF 7 Finalist #1 vs. TUF 7 Finalist #2
Diego Sanchez (18-2) vs. Luigi Fioravanti (12-3)
Josh Burkman (9-5) vs. Dustin Hazelett (10-4)
Spencer Fisher (20-4) vs. Jeremy Stephens (13-2)
Marvin Eastman (15-7-1) vs. Drew McFedries (6-3)
Dean Lister (10-5) vs. Jeremy Horn (79-17-5)
Matt Brown vs. Matt Arroyo
Dante Rivera vs. Matthew Riddle
Rob Yundt (6-1) vs. Rob Kimmons (20-3)

This isn’t necessarily the final fight card, and we should expect to see at least one more addition from the pool of TUF 7 fighters following Wednesday night’s completely insane shocking twist episode. But it still seems odd for the UFC to bring in so many of their regulars for a TUF Finale show.

Maybe some of the guys drank their way out of consideration after being eliminated, as Mike Dolce pointed out. Or maybe the UFC figured out that signing more fighters just because they were on a reality show isn’t conducive to their strategy of slimming down their overall roster.

Either way, a card like this — headlined by two guys who are as equally in need of a victory as Evan Tanner and Kendall Grove — might give the UFC plenty of opportunity to make more cuts once it’s over.

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lx- June 16, 2008 at 5:25 am
i like tanner - he's a decent guy while grove is a cocky s.o.b. considering his record.
teachbug- June 16, 2008 at 3:56 am
I think tanners secret message here folks is " don't drink if you are a miner(or)?"
Alex- June 15, 2008 at 11:00 pm
Evan Tanner is my all time MMA hero. That picture just confirms it
Spacealias- June 15, 2008 at 9:43 pm
Yosemite Sam trades in his 6 shooters for a Bud Lite and a pick ax. Must be some new scheme to get Bugs Bunny.
ksgbobo- June 15, 2008 at 7:36 pm
Jeremy Horn (79-17-5)

awesome!
Indytexan- June 15, 2008 at 7:26 pm
No, Evan is not off the wagon. He just got a deal to write a blog for Spike.com and he is in terrific shape. Kendall Grove had better be on his game.
Fan- June 15, 2008 at 6:57 pm
Lister - Horn sounds like a great match up.
nick- June 15, 2008 at 6:51 pm
Is that a recent photo? Is Evan Tanner back on the sauce?
Zackary Adams- June 15, 2008 at 6:28 pm
No worries, Ben, that's what all us Matt (Chuck Norris) Brown fans are here for!
bfowlkes- June 15, 2008 at 6:08 pm
Ah! You're right, it's up there now.
Zackary Adams- June 15, 2008 at 6:02 pm
You guys forgot the Matt Brown vs. Matt Arroyo fight.
mayhem420- June 15, 2008 at 5:52 pm
Evan Tanner on the set of the next The HILLS HAVE EYES!!!
That or he is trying out for the Grizzly Adams role that he so covets!!
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