Five new fights have been added to “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 16 finale.

Promotion officials announced Tuesday that the Dec. 1 show will see welterweights Mike Pyle (Pictured) and Nick Catone collide with James Head and T.J. Waldburger, while lightweight Rustam Khabilov makes his Octagon debut against “TUF 15” vet Vinc Pichel. Additionally, bantamweights Reuben Duran and Johnny Bedford will be in action, squaring off with Hugo Viana and Marcos Vinicius Borges Pancini, respectively.

The reality show’s live finale will also showcase a heavyweight confrontation between coaches Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson, as well as a welterweight contest pitting the show’s to-be-announced finalists against each other for a six-figure UFC contract. The event takes place at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The evening’s main card airs on the FX network, while Fuel TV carries the prelims.

Pyle, 37, has won five of his last six, most recently knocking out fellow veteran Josh Neer with a devastating right cross that relieved “The Dentist” of his consciousness on June 8 at UFC on FX 3. Meanwhile, Head, 28, has been perfect since making the cut to 170 pounds from middleweight, submitting Papy Abedi in April before narrowly outpointing Brian Ebersole three months later at UFC 149.

Another former middleweight, Catone will also make the drop to 170 pounds for his Dec. 1 appearance. “The Jersey Devil” last competed on June 22, suffering a technical knockout to Chris Camozzi at UFC on FX 4 due to a large forehead laceration. In Waldburger, Catone faces a slick grappler with 12 career submissions to his credit. Like his opponent, Waldburger also competed last at UFC on FX 4, dropping a unanimous decision to Brian Ebersole.

Beaten just once in 14 career appearances, Khabilov, 25, makes his Octagon debut riding a three-fight winning streak. Pichel, meanwhile, has never lost in a sanctioned contest, though he was outpointed by cast mate Al Iaquinta in an exhibition bout during the semifinals of “TUF 15.”

Duran has not competed since June 2011, when he choked out the heavy-handed Francisco Rivera at the “TUF 13” finale. Better known on the Brazilian circuit at Hugo “Wolverine,” Viana has gone undefeated as a professional, most recently edging fellow “TUF: Brazil” alum John Teixeira da Conceicao at UFC 147 on June 23.

A semifinalist on “TUF 14,” Bedford rebounded from his exhibition knockout loss to John Dodson to emerge victorious in his official UFC debut, dominating the undersized Louis Gaudinot at the season's Dec. 3 finale. Known to UFC fans as “Marcos Vinicius,” Pancini has won four straight fights, ending his run on “TUF: Brazil” by knocking out cast mate Wagner Campos at UFC 147.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

'TUF 19' middleweight finalist Dhiego Lima announces release from UFC roster

  • 27 days ago
  • 14 views

With three losses in his four official UFC fights, Dhiego Lima says he has been released from the UFC.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Lineup set for UFC on FOX 16 in Chicago with eight bouts, including title fight, on FOX

  • 29 days ago
  • 24 views

The lineup is set for the UFC’s return to the “Windy City” later this month, featuring a bantamweight title rematch in the main event.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

TUF 21 Finale weigh-in video

  • 21 days ago
  • 32 views

At the TUF 21 Finale weigh-ins, all 22 fighters taking part in Sunday night's TUF 21 Finale fights will step on the scale Saturday evening, and we'll have the live video here at MMAFighting.com.In th read news >>

TUF 21 Finale results: Main card highlighted by Masvidal KO, 'Karate Hottie' submission

  • 19 days ago
  • 10 views

Check out the results of the first four main card fights on Sunday's The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale main card began with some controversy over an read news >>

TUF 21 Finale: 3 Fights for Michelle Waterson

  • 19 days ago
  • 13 views

Sunday night, a rare UFC event took place, as The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale came live from Las Vegas. It was an event that came on the heels of UFC 189, a card that many consider the best UFC event read news >>

TUF 21 Finale results: Stephen Thompson KOs Jake Ellenberger with sick kick

  • 19 days ago
  • 6 views

LAS VEGAS – Stephen Thompson added another clip to his growing reel of highlight footage, knocking out veteran Jake Ellenberger late in the first round.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC TUF 21 Finale: 5 Fights for Stephen Thompson

  • 19 days ago
  • 6 views

Stephen Thompson created a highlight-reel moment when he finished Jake Ellenberger with a spinning hook kick. The 32-year-old fighter is on a five-fight win streak that has gone mostly unnoticed to t read news >>

UFC 189 and TUF 21 Finale analysis: Fights to make for main card fighters

  • 19 days ago
  • 3 views

International Fight Week is in the books, so what's next for the main card fighters from UFC 189 and The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale? Mookie Alexander plays fantasy matchmaker in this double-stacked e read news >>

UFC TUF 21 Finale: 5 Fights for Jorge Masvidal

  • 19 days ago
  • 0 views

Jorge Masvidal took a major risk on Sunday when he moved up to welterweight to compete against Cezar Ferreira. The risk paid off when he defeated the Brazilian in the first round via knockout. Now, h read news >>

TUF 21 Finale main event recap: Thompson lands knockout of the year candidate

  • 18 days ago
  • 46 views

Bloody Elbow recaps the fights from The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Finale on Sunday night in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here, we look at the main event between Stephen Thompson and read news >>