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A preview of the Tournament of Champions Finale
By: Chris King
Wednesday, November 16, 2016— Another season has almost concluded of The Ultimate Fighter, and luckily for us it is one of the better ones. The gimmick of having a tournament of champions was a refreshing change of pace for the much maligned show, and while it was a nice little strategic boost it served it’s purpose well.
The Flyweight division, as most of us know, is not overwhelmed with contenders with a legitimate claim for a title shot so the UFC reached deep into their big bag of Hail Mary’s and came up with the idea of having every champion from smaller promotions fight off in a tournament with the winner getting a shot at consensus number 1 pound for pound fighter Demetrious Johnson.
Johnson has been utterly dominant, and his two closest rivals Joseph Benavidex and Henry Cejudo who acted as coaches on this years instalment of the long running reality show face off in the co main event. The fight itself is intriguing, but time has not healed the fact that ‘Mighty Mouse’ has demolished Cejudo in under three minutes and beaten Benavidez twice.
Beneath those two fights we have Jake Ellenberger against the always exciting Jorge Masvidal, In what should should be an entertaining welterweight clash. Ellenberger and Masvial have had difficult times of late, with Jake beating Matt Brown recently but being on the wrong end of a decision to Tarec Saffedine before that and getting knocked out to the streaking Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson. Meanwhile Masvidal most recently beat Ross Pearson at UFC 201 but lost decisions to both Lorenz Larkin and now Bellator title challenger Benson Henderson.
Beneath them we have Sara McMann against Alexis Davis in what should be a great women’s Bantamweight match. So far, however, both women have flattered to deceive with the Olympian McMann being a disappointing 3-3 since entering the UFC and being a more impressive 4-1 with her only loss coming against the phenom that was Rousey, in a 16 second mauling.
Elsewhere on the card, we get to see two time lightweight title challenger Gary Maynard see if he can continue to rescue his career that was on a massive downward spiral since his last loss against TJ Grant where he lost four in a row before bouncing back against the unhearlded Fernando Bruno.
He will be facing off against Ryan Hall, himself an extremely good grappler and jiu jitsu wizard. He was also a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter season 22.
Elsewhere on the card, you have the UFC hopeful that Mexican Alejandro Perez taking on the rising prospect Rob Font. Throw all that together will other fighters on the brink of a push in Ryan Benoit, Brendan O’Reilly and Kailin Curran you have a good card.
If Demetrious Johnson, blows through his opponent with ease, as most suspect he will, he should have a potential super fight on his hands with possibly Domonick Cruz. Otherwise he will have no viable contenders in his division and that is a problem for the UFC and ‘Mighty Mouse’ himself. But that is a problem for another day.
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