UFC Ultimate Fighter Finale Picks & Predictions

nullThe 13th season finale of The Ultimate Fighter takes place tonight and features an impressive card for live television.

Here are my takes on the main card bouts and who I think will come out victorious.

Ultimate Fighter Season 13 Championship – Ramsey Nijem (5-1) vs. Tony Ferguson (11-2) – This should be an explosive fight, but I see Nijem controlling the bout wherever it goes. Eventually I expect a submission finish from Ramsey, but he has to be careful, as Ferguson has one-punch power in his hands. Don’t look for either man to go down lightly.

Lightweight Bout – Clay Guida (28-8) vs. Anthony Pettis (11-1) – This is a bout I am very excited about. It should be fireworks from the opening second. Guida has great wrestling, but Pettis has great ground defense and is one of the best strikers in MMA. I look for Pettis to land some big kicks in the early rounds before catching a dazed Guida in a choke to wrap up the win in the third round.

Middleweight Bout – Ed Herman (17-7) vs. Tim Credeur (13-5) – This should be another solid all-around fight. Both guys are tough and scrappy, but the difference will be Credeur’s grappling. I see him out-classing Herman on the ground and eventually winning in the third round with a rear-naked choke.

Light Heavyweight Bout – Kyle Kingsbury (10-2) vs. Fabio Maldonado (18-3) – Maldonado hasn’t lost since 2007 and is coming off an impressive TKO of James McSweeney at UFC 120. Kingsbury is on a three-fight win streak, but his opponents haven’t quite been up to par. Maldonado has more power to work with and will be pressuring Kingsbury often. I look for Maldonado to get a TKO finish late in the first round.


Ultimate Fighter Finale Weigh-In Results

nullWeigh-ins for Saturday’s Ultimate Fighter Season 13 Finale took place on Friday night and all of Saturday’s competitors hit their marks.

The main event is a lightweight clash between Clay Guida and Anthony Pettis. Both contestants weighed in at exactly 155 pounds. This bout will be intense and action packed. Guida will look to control the fight on the ground while Pettis will look to use his tremendous striking to keep the fight standing and earn a KO.

In the Ultimate Fighter Championship, Ramsey Nijem and Tony Ferguson both came in at the 170-pound welterweight limit. Nijem is considered a slight favorite going into this bout, but Ferguson has big punching power and can end the fight in a flash.

Check out the full weigh-in results after the jump.

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Your weekly MMA TV Schedule update

nullIt is Sunday night, so that means it is time for your weekly MMA on TV update.

This week features is all about The Ultimate Fighter, as season 13 wraps up.

– On Wednesday, the final episode of The Ultimate Fighter will air on SpikeTV at 9 p.m. ET. The two semifinal contests will take place between Ramsey Nijem and Chris Cope as well as Tony Ferguson facing Chuck O’Neil. The two winners will meet in Saturday’s live finale.

– On Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on SpikeTV, The Ultimate Fighter Season 13 Finale takes place live from Las Vegas. Along with the TUF 13 championship contest, the main event of the night will feature lightweights Anthony “Showtime” Pettis and Clay Guida squaring off in what should be a tremendous bout. Jeremy Stephens will meet Danny Downes in a lightweight contest and Scott Jorgensen takes on Ken Stone in a bantamweight showdown.


Reports: Bisping, Mayhem to coach TUF 14

nullThe next season of The Ultimate Fighter has its coaches and it is certainly an interesting pair.

Sherdog.com has all the details on the middleweight tandem that will coach TUF 14.

Michael Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller will serve as coaches for the upcoming 14th season of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter.” MixedMartialArts.com on Friday reported that UFC President Dana White has confirmed the “TUF” pairing, and Sherdog.com has independently confirmed the booking with a source close to the situation.

The slot opposite Bisping was initially planned for Chael Sonnen, but the Team Quest fighter was reportedly removed from the plan due to his suspension in California.

Miller had been slated to square off with Aaron Simpson at UFC 132 on July 2, but that bout has reportedly been scrapped to allow Miller to participate in the show. Simpson should receive a new opponent shortly. According to Sonnen’s testimony at his most recent appeal, the winner of his bout with Bisping would have been awarded a middleweight title shot. It is unknown at this time if that scenario is applicable with Miller now in the fold.

Well, though both men aren’t amongst the elite of MMA, both certainly provide entertainment value. It will be interesting to see how much Miller pokes at Bisping in hopes of getting him riled up.

In terms of a matchup, I think Miller is signing up for a bad fight. Bisping is going to be bigger, stronger, and have much superior striking. I don’t see Mayhem being able to get Bisping to the ground and that is the only way he can win that fight.


Your weekly MMA TV Schedule update

nullAnother Sunday night means another MMA on TV update for the week.

Here is a look at all the MMA events you can see on tv or the internet this week.

– On Wednesday, the eighth episode of The Ultimate Fighter will air on SpikeTV at 9 p.m. ET. The quarterfinal pairings have been set and will begin this week. Each team has won four fights and it will be interesting to see how the teams perform now that it is more about individual performance rather than team results.

– On Saturday BAMMA 6: Ninja vs. Watson takes place from Wembley Arena in London, England. The event is highlighted by a bout between Tom “Kong” Watson and Murilo “Ninja” Rua. Former UFC contenders Frank Trigg and Ivan Salaverry will also be in action in separate bouts. The event will be streamed live on the internet by registering through the organization’s website, http://www.bamma.tv/.

– Also on Saturday, Bellator 45 takes place from L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana. It is the season finale for Bellator and it features two tournament finals. Richard Hale takes on Christian M’Pumbu face off in the Light Heavyweight Tournament Final while Daniel Straus faces off with Patricio Freire in the Featherweight Tournament Final. The show will air live on MTV2 at 9 p.m. ET.