Featherweights Dustin Poirier and Jonathan Brookins will lock horns at “The Ultimate Fighter 16” Finale, as will flyweights Tim Elliott and Jared Papazian, promotion officials announced Saturday.

The Dec. 15 event takes place at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and the evening’s main draw airs live on FX. The show will feature a heavyweight battle of “TUF 16” coaches, as Shane Carwin takes on Roy Nelson. Additionally, the reality series’ welterweight finalists will face off on the main card to determine the next “Ultimate Fighter” winner.

Poirier, 23, recently joined American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla., following a May 15 technical submission defeat at the hands of “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. The loss snapped a five-fight winning streak for “The Diamond,” who earned wins over Josh Grispi, Jason Young, Pablo Garza and Max Holloway to begin his UFC career.

Four years older than his upcoming opponent, Brookins has gone just 1-2 since winning “TUF 12” by besting Michael Johnson in December 2010. Most recently, Brookins was finished with a modified guillotine choke courtesy of Charles Oliveira at the “TUF 15” finale on June 1.

Though Elliott acquitted himself quite well in his Octagon debut against current No. 1 contender John Dodson, the Oklahoman would ultimately come up short at UFC on Fox 3, dropping a unanimous decision to “The Magician” on May 5. The setback ended the 25-year-old’s eight-fight winning streak, during which he finished former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver and onetime M-1 Global talent Josh Rave.

Papazian, 24, makes his flyweight debut against Elliott. “The Jackhammer” captured the King of the Cage 135-pound title last year before coming up short in his first two Octagon appearances, falling by majority decision to Mike Easton on Jan. 20 before submitting to a Dustin Pague rear-naked choke four months ago at UFC on FX 3.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC 199 Face-Off Video: Dustin Poirier and Bobby Green Get Heated

  • 25 days ago
  • 10 views

The fighters participating on Saturday's UFC 199 pay-per-view event took the stage in California on Thursday. Watch as they faced off with their opponents. read news >>

Jason Gonzalez Building Off of Time on TUF Heading into RFA 38

  • 24 days ago
  • 6 views

Jason Gonzalez got a taste of the UFC as part of a season of The Ultimate Fighter. Building off of that heading into RFA 38, he wants to get back to the UFC. read news >>

VIDEO: Dustin Poirier Isn’t Chasing Conor McGregor, He’s Chasing UFC Belts

  • 24 days ago
  • 16 views

Dustin Poirier is 3-0 since he lost to Conor McGregor at featherweight and then returned to lightweight. But he's not chasing the Irishman or revenge. read news >>

UFC 199 Results: Dustin Poirier Proves Himself as Elite Lightweight with Big KO

  • 23 days ago
  • 10 views

Dustin Poirier wanted to keep his momentum going at UFC 199 on Saturday. Going 3-0 since returning to the lightweight division and coming off a win against Irish super-prospect Joe Duffy, the Diamond read news >>

UFC 199 Video Highlights: Dustin Poirier Destroys Bobby Green

  • 23 days ago
  • 94 views

Watch the video highlights of the lightweight bout between Dustin Poirier and Bobby Green that kicked off the UFC 199: Rockhold vs. Bisping 2 main card on Saturday. read news >>

Former Bellator Champ Will Brooks Signs with UFC, Faces Ross Pearson at TUF 23 Finale

  • 12 days ago
  • 28 views

Former Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks has inked a deal with the UFC. read news >>

TUF 23 Performance Replay: Andrew Sanchez Secures His Place in the Finals with Quick Finish

  • 5 days ago
  • 199 views

Andrew Sanchez made short work of Eric Spicely winning by a vicious first round finish to move onto the tournament finals and the TUF 23 Finale on July 8 in Las Vegas. read news >>

Defeated TUF 23 Contestant Gets New Life After Cory Hendricks Withdraws Due to Injury

  • 4 days ago
  • 104 views

Team Claudia's Cory Hendricks finally decided to withdraw from his The Ultimate Fighter 23 semi-finals due to a neck injury that didn't get any better. read news >>

TUF Winner Barzola Faces Bochniak on Aug. 27

  • a day ago
  • 0 views

On Saturday, August 27, Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada will be the site for an intriguing featherweight bout, as Peru's Enrique Barzola makes his first start since winning The read news >>