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It comes down to this: As Coach Chael Sonnen has soundly defeated Jon “Bones” Jones in the coaching tournament style known as “The Ultimate Fighter,” this Saturday, April 13, will feature an all Team Sonnen finale in the co-main event.
Heading up the card in the main event will be former six-time featherweight champion Urijah Faber facing off against bantamweight bruiser Scott Jorgensen. The entire card will be aired live and free with most being aired live on network cable television. Check below for details.
Main Card: Live on FX
Urijah “The California Kid” Faber vs. Scott “Young Guns” Jorgensen
Urijah Faber – Isla Vista, Calif., 5-6, 135 pounds, 27-6-0 (former featherweight champion)
Scott Jorgensen – Payson, Utah, 5-4, 135 pounds, 14-6-0
Just when I thought Urijah Faber was finally on the down side of his career, he had one of his most impressive wins to date in his last outing. A dominating first-round finish over a Top 10 opponent made many people shake their heads as he is as resilient as they come in mixed martial arts. Perhaps he might never challenge for another title again after going 0-3 in his past three title bouts, but he will continue to have a place in the big money fights -- like this one Saturday night.
Faber’s opponent, Scott Jorgensen, is a hard working journeyman who is reaping the benefits of his time in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, earning his first-ever spot in a main event. Like all bantamweight bouts it will be fast-paced, so don’t blink as some of the best grappling will be on display in this main event.
Faber by Unanimous Decision
Co-Main Event: The Ultimate Fighter Finale
Uriah “Prime Time” Hall vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Uriah Hall – Spanish Town, Jamaica, 6-0, 185 pounds, 8-2-0
Kelvin Gastelum – San Jose, Calif., 5-9, 185 pounds, 6-0-0
With a win, Uriah Hall will finish one of the most dominating runs in TUF history. To say Hall started off the show strong is an understatement, as he finished his first opponent with a highlight reel spinning back kick knockout. That was his first fight and this last fight of the tournament is the one that counts on his record for a guaranteed six-figure contract on the line with the UFC.
Standing in his way also with his eye on the prize is Kelvin Gastelum, who went undefeated as he finished all three opponents en route to the finale Saturday night. Gastelum will be the clear underdog here looking to use his wrestling base to hang on for a win.
Hall is a huge favorite, but that hasn’t meant squat in the past in the “Ultimate Fighter” finales. Anything goes in the tournament battles, but I see Hall pulling out an easy victory if he is healthy.
Hall by Knockout
Miesha “Cupcake” Tate vs. Cat “Alpha” Zingano
Miesha Tate – Tacoma, Wash., 5-6, 135 pounds, 13-3-0
Cat Zingano – Broomfield, Colo., 5-6, 135 pounds, 7-0-0
The second-ever women’s bout in UFC history will determine the final coach on the next “Ultimate Fighter” and face current champion Rhonda Rousey. Miesha Tate, ranked second in the world, is the favorite to win and will for sure bring higher ratings to “The Ultimate Fighter” show.
Cat Zingano, although undefeated and finishing all of her fights but one, is a lot less known in the MMA circle. This is her first time fighting for a major organization, so we will see how she handles the spotlight. This is where Tate’s experience should shine through and become the difference in the fight.
Tate by Unanimous Decision
Travis “Hapa” Browne vs. Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga
Travis Browne – Honolulu, 6-7, 255 pounds, 13-1-1
Gabriel Gonzaga – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 6-1, 242 pounds, 14-6-0
The most intriguing fight on the card would be this one. The 6-foot, 7-inch monster that goes by the name of Travis Browne looks to get back to his winning ways after losing his first-ever bout to current No. 1 contender Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Browne at the time of the fight was close to a No. 1 contender spot. It’s back to square one, and he will do it against one of the most underrated heavyweights in the UFC, Gabriel Gonzaga.
Gonzaga couldn’t have started out the gates any more on fire in his first two UFC fights, but he went the opposite direction just as fast in the next few fights, eventually getting cut from the UFC. Since being reinstated with the UFC, he has won his past two fights by submission, getting back to his base of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. This is a huge stepping stone for both men to get back in the thick of things in the heavyweight division. This appears to be a great matchup on paper.
Gonzaga by Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Bubba “The Menace” McDaniel vs. Gilbert “Jamal” Smith
Bubba McDaniel – Childress, Texas, 6-3, 185 pounds, 20-6-0
Gilbert Smith – Jersey City, N.J., 5-9, 185 pounds, 5-1-0
McDaniel by Split Decision
Undercard: Live on Fuel
Clint “Headbussa” Hester vs. Bristol Marunde
Dylan “The Villain” Andrews vs. Jimmy “Crash” Quinlan
Luke “The Bigslow” Barnatt vs. Collin Quinlan
Josh Samman vs. Kevin “King” Casey
Live on facebook.com/ufc
Cole “Magrinho” Miller vs. Bart “Bartimus” Palaszewski
Justin “The American Kidd” Lawrence vs. Daniel “The Pit” Pineda
Sam Sicilia vs. Maximo “Maxi” Blanco