Heavyweights Roy Nelson, Matt Mitrione Cleared for ‘The Ultimate Fighter 16’ Finale Headliner
spent six weeks under the same Sin City roof in 2009
as part of the cast for Season 10 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” but
their paths never crossed inside the Octagon. Thanks to an injury
, that will soon change.
International Fight League champion, Nelson tipped the scales
at 252 for his showdown with Mitrione (257) in
“The Ultimate Fighter 16” Finale headliner on Saturday at the
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The wheels for their
matchup were set in motion when the hulking Carwin sustained a knee
injury while training in November.
Tristar Gym representative Mike Ricci
(171) and the once-beaten Colton
Smith (170), who will collide in “The Ultimate Fighter” Season
16 welterweight final, also met their mandated weight requirements
without incident at Friday’s official weigh-in.
Nelson last appeared at UFC 146 in May, when he needed less than a
minute to level Dave Herman
at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The portly 36-year-old
owns a 4-3 record inside the
Ultimate Fighting Championship, with high-profile wins over
towering Dutchman Stefan
Struve and 2006
Pride Fighting Championships open weight grand prix winner
Filipovic. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Renzo Gracie,
Nelson has secured 15 of his 17 career victories by knockout,
technical knockout or submission.
Mitrione has spent his entire six-fight career with the UFC. The
34-year-old Springfield, Ill., native has not fought since falling
from the ranks of the unbeaten in a unanimous decision defeat to
French kickboxer Cheick Kongo
at UFC 137 in October 2011. A gifted athlete with nimble feet and
heavy hands, Mitrione played defensive tackle at Purdue University
and spent parts of six seasons in the NFL with the Minnesota
Vikings and New York Giants. He will have a three-inch height and
nine-inch reach advantage against Nelson.
“The Ultimate Fighter 16” Finale -- which airs live on the FX
network at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT -- will also feature a heavyweight
duel matching Pat Barry
(238) with Shane del
Rosario (244), a lightweight clash pitting Melvin
Guillard (156) against former
World Extreme Cagefighting champion Jamie Varner
(156) and a featherweight tilt pairing
American Top Team’s Dustin
Poirier (146) with Jonathan
Brookins (146). Two hours prior, Fuel TV will carry four
preliminary bouts: Mike Pyle (171)
Marcos Vinicius Borges Pancini (136) vs. Johnny
Bedford (136), Rustam
Khabilov (155) vs. Vinc Pichel
(156) and T.J.
Waldburger (170) vs. Nick Catone
(171). The three remaining undercard fights will stream to the
UFC’s Facebook page at 5:35 p.m. ET/2:35 p.m. PT, as Reuben
Duran (136) meets Hugo Viana
(135), John Cofer
(156) faces Mike Rio (156)
Elliott (126) battles former King of
the Cage champion Jared
“The Ultimate Fighter 16” Finale Weigh-In Results:
(252) vs. Matt
(171) vs. Colton
(238) vs. Shane del
(156) vs. Jamie Varner
(146) vs. Jonathan
(171) vs. James Head
(136) vs. Johnny
(155) vs. Vinc Pichel
(170) vs. Nick Catone
(136) vs. Hugo Viana
(156) vs. Mike Rio
(126) vs. Jared
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