The Ultimate Fighter Season 13 regular season has wrapped, leaving two fighters, Ramsey Nijem (4-1) and Tony Ferguson (10-2) to battle for the tournament championship. Each fighter won three bouts via stoppage to advance to the finale. Nijem was Junior Dos Santos' fourth-round pick while Ferguson was Brock Lesnar's third pick.
Ramsey Nijem, with some unusual in house antics, looked solid in competition. In his first bout, Ramsey dominated Charlie Radar with constant pressure and takedowns. He eventually won after injuring Radar's shoulder on a second round takedown then rear naked choke. The second bout saw much of the same, as Nijem overwelmed Clay Harvision for a quick first round rear naked choke.
The final bout against Chris Cope saw Ramsey throw more hands, rocking Cope in the second with an overhand right. Ramsey continued with the punishment coaxing a ref intervention for a TKO. Expect Ramsey to attempt to apply constant pressure against Tony Ferguson, looking for takedowns to utilize his stifling top game.
Tony Ferguson wanted to throw punches in bunches during all three of his tournament bouts. In the first fight, Tony traded with Justin Edwards before being taken down. Looking for openings and being active on the ground, Tony unloaded a nasty upkick to Edwards jaw, earning the KO victory.
In his second bout, Ferguson quick clean punches for a first round TKO victory over Ryan McGillivray. In his final tournament bout, Ferguson went toe to toe with Chuck O'Neil. O'Neil thwarted some Ferguson takedowns and landed some nice inside/outside leg kicks on Ferguson. However, Tony landed the crisper punches to the face throughout, landing flush in the third eventually ending Chuck's tourney run.
In other action, the final 155 WEC champ Anthony "Showtime" Pettis will face off against Clay Guida. After landing the infamous matrix kick off the cage against Ben Henderson, Pettis seemed destined for a UFC title shot to unite the titles. Unfortunately, the UFC title picture became muddied as current UFC champ Frank Edgar and Gray Maynard battled to a draw. While preparing for the rematch, each fighter sustained injuries.
The delay has prompted this bout, which would validate a future title shot for Pettis, and could put Guida closer to the title shot. Besides the performance over Henderson, Pettis has won via triangle over Shane Roller and Alex Karelexis while KO'ing Danny Castillo with a head kick. Pettis will look to time Guida's movement, utilizing punches to set up his kicks. Don't expect too many kicks, as he will look to stuff eventual Guida takedown attempts.
(Anthony Pettis kick)
Clay Guida, a five year UFC vet, is currently riding three straight submission victories of his own. With his frenetic style with constant head movement, Guida will look to punch to set up his takedowns. Once on the ground, Guida will look to stifle Pettis' submissions while issuing heavy doses of ground and pound.
(Clay Guida throwing a punch)
Here is the full fight card, featuring six fighters from TUF 13, and four from other TUF seasons:
Tony Ferguson v Ramsey Nijem - TUF 13 Finale
Clay Guida v Anthony Pettis
Chris Cope (TUF 13) v Chuck O'Neil (TUF 13)
Kyle Kingsbury (TUF 8) v Fabio Maldonado
Tim Credeur (TUF 7) v Ed Herman (TUF 3)
PRELIMS (Select bouts air if time allows)
Reuben Duran v Francisco Rivera
Scott Jorgensen v Ken Stone
Justin Edwards(TUF 13) v Clay Harvison (TUF 13)
Shamar Bailey(TUF 13) v Ryan McGillivray (TUF 13)
Josh Grispi v George Roop (TUF 8)
Danny Downes v Jeremy Stephens