As another season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) draws near, the UFC presents a card highlighting contestants from the reality show and some familiar fighters. Seven bouts will make up the preliminary card, which can be seen on Facebook and FUEL TV.
TUF 17 Finale is tomorrow, Aril 13, from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV. Below is a breakdown of the preliminary card.
Featherweight: Sam Sicilia vs. Maximo Blanco
In the span of a year, Sam Sicilia went 1-1 for the UFC and has cut down to featherweight. Before the Washington native entered the Octagon, he stopped almost all his fights in round one. Maximo Blanco has his back against the wall in this one. He entered the UFC with a Strikeforce loss and followed that with a split-decision defeat last April.
Featherweight: Justin Lawrence vs. Daniel Pineda
Justin Lawrence was unable to win his season of the TUF, but proved he belonged by taking Fight of the Night and Knockout of the Night against former contestant John Cofer. In his featherweight debut over the summer he lost a TKO to Max Holloway. Daniel Pineda might also be fighting for his job in this one as he is riding back-to-back losses.
Featherweight: Cole Miller vs. Bart Palaszewski
After bouncing around as lightweight and featherweight, Cole Miller seems content at 145 pounds. He just needs to prove it as he took two decision losses last year. Bart Palaszewski enters after dropping two of his own decisions in 2012. He won his other UFC fight in the first round to Tyson Griffin.
Middleweight: Clint Hester vs. Bristol Marunde
The FUEL TV part of the preliminary card opens with Clint Hester vs. Bristol Marunde. Hester won the Superior Cage Combat middleweight title then moved to Strikeforce where he lost his only fight for the promotion. That third round submission loss to Ronaldo Souza was one-year-ago. Clint Hester was Jon Jones’ first overall selection though was unable to advance in the show. Look for this known kickboxer to use his feet often as he looks for a knockout.
Middleweight: Dylan Andrews vs. Jimmy Quinlan
New Zealand’s Dylan Andrews entered TUF with four wins, stopping three with his fist. He lost on this week’s edition of TUF to Uriah Hall. Jimmy Quinlan is still a rookie with only three fights. He’s made those wins count with two submissions and a decision.
Middleweight: Luke Barnatt vs. Collin Hart
Across Europe, Luke Barnatt has had it pretty simple. Of his five wins, the last three he handled in the opening round. Since resuming his career in 2011, Collin Hart took a pair of first round wins. In his last fight, he TKO’d Tramain Smith in 11 seconds.
Middleweight: Josh Samman vs. Kevin Casey
Of Josh Samman’s nine career wins, he’s finished eight of those. One of his two losses comes from Bellator. Kevin Casey is 5-2 with one of those losses coming from Strikeforce. He stopped competing for that promotion in 2010. Four of his five wins didn’t need round number two.