SpikeTV confirms lineup for TUF Finale - 5 fight main card

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emfleek
6/2/11 11:02:55AM
Spike TV officials today confirmed the full lineup for The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale.

The event takes place Saturday at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, and the main card airs on Spike TV.

The lineup includes a handful of "TUF 13" fights that MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported on Wednesday.

Headlining the show is the "TUF 13" championship between finalists Ramsey Nijem (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Tony Ferguson (10-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Both fighters won three bouts to advance to the finale. Nijem was head coach Junior Dos' Santos fourth-round pick; Ferguson was Brock Lesnar's third pick.

The fighters they defeated in the semifinals, Chris Cope (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Chuck O'Neil (8-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), also meet each other in a main-card bout.

The biggest non-"TUF" fight on the televised card is former WEC champ Anthony Pettis (13-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. fellow UFC lightweight contender Clay Guida (28-11 MMA, 8-5 UFC). The winner of the bout, which is one of the summer's featured MMA attractions, will take a big step toward a title shot.

Surprisingly, some big names – including Jeremy Stephen, Josh Grispi and Scott Jorgensen – have been relegated to the event's preliminary card. However, UFC officials haven't announced if some (or all) of those fights will be part of free Facebook stream on event night.

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Theoutlaw08
6/2/11 11:15:34AM
Why would Cope vs. O'Neil be on the Main Card. Dumb. Stephens fight should be in that spot and Cop/O'neil should be moved to the non-televised portion. Overall pretty crappy card.
Twenty20Dollars
6/2/11 12:10:40PM
WOW, really?

You're(UFC/SpikeTV) going to pick Cope/O'neil over Stephens/Downes and Grispi/Roop.

Even after Dana said he was disapointed with this season. AND the fact that Cope & O'neil didn't look good in the semi's.

FlashyG
6/2/11 12:23:25PM
I think this is something Dana and Zuffa have no control over. It seems for SPIKE cards, its SPIKE's rules.

I don't think they care in the slightest about fighting or who is better than who. Like any other TV show they craft storylines and edit the show to feature specific guys, the guys they feature will always barring injury have a fight on the finale card.

The most popular almost always get promoted to the main TV portion and the others you can bet will be the first ones shown should they have the time to fit them in.

Junie Browning comes to mind.
Theoutlaw08
6/2/11 12:27:37PM

Posted by Twenty20Dollars

WOW, really?

You're going to pick Cope/O'neil over Stephens/Downes and Grispi/Roop.

Even after Dana said he was disapointed with this season. AND the fact that Cope & O'neil didn't look good in the semi's.



NO i said i dont want them on the main card, Cope and O'Neil should NOT be on there.
Stephens and Downes should be
Budgellism
6/2/11 12:48:09PM

Posted by Theoutlaw08


Posted by Twenty20Dollars

WOW, really?

You're going to pick Cope/O'neil over Stephens/Downes and Grispi/Roop.

Even after Dana said he was disapointed with this season. AND the fact that Cope & O'neil didn't look good in the semi's.



NO i said i dont want them on the main card, Cope and O'Neil should NOT be on there.
Stephens and Downes should be



He wasn't talking to you, lol...
Twenty20Dollars
6/2/11 1:09:46PM
Yeah, the "you" in my comment was for whoever made the lineup, UFC/SpikeTV
FastKnockout
6/2/11 2:18:23PM
Makes me consider only tuning in for Ramsey/Ferguson and Guida/Pettis.
Theoutlaw08
6/2/11 2:30:17PM

Posted by Budgellism


Posted by Theoutlaw08


Posted by Twenty20Dollars

WOW, really?

You're going to pick Cope/O'neil over Stephens/Downes and Grispi/Roop.

Even after Dana said he was disapointed with this season. AND the fact that Cope & O'neil didn't look good in the semi's.



NO i said i dont want them on the main card, Cope and O'Neil should NOT be on there.
Stephens and Downes should be



He wasn't talking to you, lol...



My bad.
Twenty20Dollars
6/2/11 2:50:21PM
No big deal.

I will be working that night, so it will be DVR'd for me.
KaibaThedon
6/2/11 3:43:08PM
awww come on at least give us some facebook fights then !!
Chael_Sonnen
6/2/11 4:24:05PM
The prelims are just as good if not better than the main card.
prozacnation1978
6/2/11 6:30:02PM
A little suprised that roop vs grispi isn't televised
But hey 5 fights are better than 4
Wish versus fight cards had 5 as well
pmoney
6/2/11 7:32:19PM
How many times do one or all of us have to say it?

This entire card could and should be shown on Spike.

What big ratings grab does Spike have planned before the TUF Finale? Another marathon of the worst season ever? How about this, start the marathon two or three hours earlier, televise every fight on the card. Let's see if the ratings don't experience some positive growth.
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