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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.