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

'TUF 24' tryouts slated for April 25; season champ gets flyweight title shot at finale

  • 25 days ago
  • 9 views

“The Ultimate Fighter 24” will feature male flyweight fighters, and the show’s tournament winner will earn a title shot at the show’s live finale.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Three fights added to TUF 23 Finale in Las Vegas, including James Krause vs. Ross Pearson

  • 23 days ago
  • 5 views

The lineup has started to build for this summer’s TUF 23 Finale in Las Vegas with the addition of three fights in support of the women’s strawweight title headliner. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Meet the TUF 23: Team Joanna vs. Team Claudia Cast

  • 23 days ago
  • 109 views

The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Wednesday released the full cast for Season 23 of The Ultimate Fighter. read news >>

'Soccer Mom Killer' Kristi Lopez to Compete in the UFC's Next Season of 'TUF'

  • 18 days ago
  • 54 views

Few MMA fans know the name Katie Castro, but most know her work. A fighter for the Xplode Fight Series promotion, Castro became an overnight star last year when a tape of her getting knocked out went read news >>

UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin to coach 'TUF: Latin America 3'

  • 18 days ago
  • 8 views

The upcoming season of “TUF: Latin America 3” will feature an interesting wrinkle as retired UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin will handle coaching duties.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin to Coach TUF Latin America 3

  • 18 days ago
  • 22 views

For the first time in UFC history, the The Ultimate Fighter series will feature two UFC legends and Hall of Famers, Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, as coaches. read news >>

The Comeback: 'Rumble' not happy, new 'TUF' coaches, greasing-allegation fallout

  • 18 days ago
  • 70 views

In a sport that never stops moving, even MMA junkies can struggle to keep up with all the latest news. If you missed any of Monday’s biggest headlines, catch up with “The Comeback.”Filed under: Bella read news >>

Joanna Jedrzejczyk, TUF 23 and the State of the UFC Strawweight Division

  • 18 days ago
  • 16 views

The UFC is failing its strawweight fighters. There is no other way to look at its handling of the division. In the time since Bleacher Report rolled out the State of the Flyweight Division (the first read news >>

B.J. Penn vs. Dennis Siver slated for UFC 199 in Los Angeles

  • 18 days ago
  • 10 views

UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn will return from a two-year layoff to fight fellow featherweight Dennis Siver at UFC 199.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC Cancels The Ultimate Fighter Tryout Slated for April 25 in Las Vegas

  • 17 days ago
  • 21 views

UFC announced on Tuesday that the open casting call for the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter, originally scheduled for April 25, has been canceled. read news >>