Bantamweights Urijah Faber
will compete in the new headliner of
“The Ultimate Fighter 17” Finale
UFC officials revealed the news Wednesday after announcing Tuesday
night that an injury to Demetrious
Johnson forced the cancellation of the show’s original main
event between the UFC flyweight king and challenger John Moraga.
The “TUF 17” finale takes place April 13 in Las Vegas and will also
see former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate
square off with Cat Zingano
in the UFC’s second-ever women’s bout.
Faber, 33, has gone 5-3 since losing his WEC featherweight belt to
Brown in 2009. “The California Kid” dropped to 135 pounds in
2010, unsuccessfully challenging Dominick
Cruz for the bantamweight belt in 2011 before coming up short
in a bid for the interim strap against Renan Barao
last year. Most recently, Faber finished veteran Ivan
Menjivar in a rematch of their 2006 showdown, dispatching “The
Pride of El Salvador” with a standing rear-naked choke last
Saturday at UFC 157.
Jorgensen, 30, posted five straight wins in the WEC cage before
falling to Cruz in a 2010 title bid. Since that setback, “Young
Guns” has posted three wins against two losses, besting Ken Stone and
Curran while stumbling against Barao and Eddie
Wineland. Jorgensen was last seen at UFC on Fox 5, where he
submitted “TUF 14” vet John Albert
with a rear-naked choke on Dec. 8.
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