The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale Weigh-in Results: Main Event and Finalists All Hit the Mark
Main Card Bouts (on Fox Sports 1)
-Gray Maynard (156) vs. Nate Diaz (156)
-Julianna Peña (134) vs. Jessica Rakoczy (132)†
-Chris Holdsworth (136) vs. Davey Grant (135)††
-Jessamyn Duke (135.5) vs. Peggy Morgan (136)
-Roxanne Modafferi (134) vs. Raquel Pennington (135)
Preliminary Bouts (on Fox Sports 1)
-Akira Corassani (146) vs. Maximo Blanco (146)
-Rani Yahya (145.5) vs. Tom Niinimaki (145)
-Jared Rosholt (240) vs. Walter Harris (244)
-Sean Spencer (171) vs. Drew Dober (170)
Preliminary Bout (on MMAWeekly.com)
-Josh Sampo (127.5) vs. Ryan Benoit (126)*
*Sampo was given one hour to cut 1-1/2 pounds.
†TUF 18 Women’s Final
††TUF 18 Men’s Final
Luiz Dutra Jr. tapped to face Kunimoto at UFC Fight Night 34
According to a report from Brazil-based MMA site MMA informativo, stepping in to fill Lim's void on the undercard is Luiz Jorge Dutra Jr. Holding an 11-2 record, Dutra was part of TUF Brazil 2 and will officially be making his UFC debut as he steps up on about 5 weeks notice against a fellow newcomer in Kunimoto.
Heavyweight Del Rosario dies
Heavyweight Shane Del Rosario has died after suffering sudden cardiac arrest at his home on Tuesday morning.
Doctors at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, California, modulated Del Rosario's body temperature near 90 degrees Fahrenheit using an Arctic Sun Temperature Management System, in hopes of inducing a therapeutic hypothermia and restarting his body and brain functions. But it was confirmed on Thursday that he has died.
Julianna Pena vs. Jessica Rakoczy, Roxanne Modafferi vs. Raquel Pennington completes TUF 18 Finale lineup
The 10-bout lineup for Saturday’s TUF 18 Finale now is complete with the official addition of a pair of women’s bantamweight fights.
In the women’s tournament final, Julianna Pena (4-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) takes on Jessica Rakoczy (1-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) to determine the first women’s “Ultimate Fighter” in UFC history. And semifinalist Raquel Pennington (3-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
will meet Roxanne Modafferi (15-10 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Both fights will take place on the main card. The bouts became official following Wednesday’s airing of the final regular-season episode of Season 18 of “The Ultimate Fighter” on FOX Sports 1.
Report: UFC picks up Russian heavyweight Alexey Oleinik
Superkarate.ru reports the UFC has signed longtime Russian heavyweight, Alexey Oleinik. Oleinik, who has bounced a bit between heavyweight and light heavyweight throughout his career, will enter the UFC on a nine fight winning streak including victories over Dion Staring, Jeff Monson, Tony Lopez, and most recently Mirko Filipovic. At age 36, he's one of the more traveled vets on the MMA circuit, holding an overall record of 48-9-1.