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Ten bout live finale for the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” now finalized

With the airing of the final two taped episodes of the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” last night, the UFC has released the final 10 bout lineup for the show’s live season finale set to air on Saturday, Dec. 13 on Spike TV (9 p.m. ET) from the Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas.

With three UFC events scheduled for the month of December, the TUF 8 finale will feature more of the show’s eliminated cast in comparison to any season in recent memory.

Spike TV’s five-bout telecast will consist of the lightweight final between Phillipe Nover,’s resident TUF 8 blogger, and former NCAA wrestler Efrain Escudero, as well as the light heavyweight final between another former NCAA wrestler, Ryan Bader, and jiu-jitsu black belt Vinicius “Vinny” Magalhaes.

Augmenting the TUF finals will be bouts featuring UFC veterans, with welterweights Anthony Johnson and Kevin Burns will compete in a rematch from their controversial first bout at UFC Fight Night 14. Middleweights Wilson Gouveia and Jason MacDonald will also square off as well.

Serving as the show’s opener with be a lightweight title between former Team Mir teammates, Junie Browning and Dave Kaplan.

The entire 10 bout card is listed below.

Televised Main Card:

  • Phillipe Nover vs. Efrain Escudero
  • Ryan Bader vs. Vinicius Magalhaes
  • Jason MacDonald vs. Wilson Gouveia
  • Kevin Burns vs. Anthony Johnson
  • Junie Browning vs. Dave Kaplan

Non-televised preliminary card:

  • Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Shane Primm
  • Eliot Marshall vs. Jules Bruchez
  • Kyle Kingsbury vs. Tom Lawlor
  • Shane Nelson vs. George Roop
  • Rolando Delgado vs. John Polakowski founder and publisher Sam Caplan will be at the event covering it for However, he’ll be conducting various interviews while in Las Vegas for before and after the event.

  • Bad Monkey says:


    Junie ‘crazier than a sh*thouse rat’ Browning vs. Dave ‘I can’t be knocked out’ Kaplan!! The MMA world may never see a fight this good again.

  • bcolflesh says:

    “Junie Browning vs. Dave Kaplan”

    LOL – think how the guys on the undercard felt when they saw this!

  • stuck at work says:

    you really have to wonder what Junie has on Dana…

  • G-DUB says:

    Dana clearly has a strong preference for blondes.
    All kidding aside though, is there any other fight on the undercard you’d rather see? This was the obvious choice.

  • tyler says:

    This might be the worst card they’ve ever had on Spike.

  • Jackyl says:

    Ever notice Junie looks like Rocky from the Rocky Horror Picture Show? Do a google image search….priceless!

  • matthew says:

    It is disgraceful how 2 of the worst behaved children on the show get a main card fight. Just shows you where having a bad attitude can get you in the UFC. Junie showed absolutely nothing (skill set wise) the entire show. As did Kaplan. Their addition to the main card is a joke. Reward fighters like George Roop (hopefully fully fit this time) before giving rewards to disgraceful clowns.

  • Xspur says:

    Krzysztof Soszynski without a doubt deserves a televised match. Not only was he a likable “character” on the show with his “clean” pranks, but he was, imo, the second best fighter in the LHW division of the show. Had it been anyone other than Vinny he faced in the semi, he would be fighting in the finals.


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