by: Jack Bratcher
Don’t you just love FREE LIVE MMA events? It’s the best isn’t it and we’re starting to get it more and more lately and it’s only going to increase. This coming Saturday night, live on Spike TV at 8pm CST / 9pm ET we get to see The Ultimate Fighter Finale. The seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter comes to a close with a full 3 hour live broadcast on Spike TV. Tonight (Wednesday June 17) is the last episode of The Ultimate Fighter on Spike and we get to see what is being hailed as “the most shocking twist in The Ultimate Fighter history” and also find out which two fighters will be competing in the finals of the middleweight tournament live this Saturday. Also on the Saturday, June 21st live finale we get a feature bout between Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove and former middleweight champion Evan Tanner. The finale will also have the return of Diego Sanchez taking on Luigi Fioravanti, Spencer Fisher vs. Jeremy Stephens, Josh Burkman vs. Dustin Hazelet, Marvin Eastman vs. Drew McFedries, Jeremy Horn vs. Dean Lister, and Rob Yundt vs. Rob Kimmons.
If you don’t know who Rob Kimmons is, he’s the newest addtion to the UFC’s welterweight roster and he’s fighting out of Xtreme Couture. I’m interested to see how Kimmons will do at this top-tier level in the UFC. From what I’ve seen, he appears to have the tools necessary to be a legitimate competitor. I imagine he’s come a long way since his loss to Joe Riggs in the WEC back in 2005. He has a very impressive record of 20-3. Here’s some more info on Rob Kimmons and a couple of his fight videos from an article we did on him a couple of weeks ago: Rob Kimmons.
On another note, it’s good to see Jeremy “Gumby” Horn still getting fights in the UFC. Why that is, I’m not so sure. I love Horn and really respect what he has meant to the sport of MMA but he really doesn’t fit into Dana’s philosophy of the UFC being the home of “the best fighters in the world.” At one time he really was no doubt at that level but it’s been quite some time since we’ve seen that Jeremy Horn. I hate to even say that because I like the guy so much. However, he is a “go-to guy” that any orgainzation could use to lend credibility to a card and it should be an interesting match up with Dean Lister.
I’m also eager to see how Diego Sanchez looks in his fight against Luigi Fiorivanti. He’s coming off a win against David Bielkheden in April after back to back losses against Koscheck and Fitch. At one time Diego was a top contender at welterweight.
It’s interesting to note that Evan Tanner and Kendall Grove are both coming off losses and they are the feature fight of the night (beside the TUF finals). Not only are they both coming off losses, but knockouts and an especially brutal one at that for Kendall Groves. Jorge Rivera crumpled Groves into a heap of mangled flesh and bones back at UFC 80 in January and Yushin Okami KO’d Tanner with a knee in March of this year at UFC 82; so it’s going to be very intriguing to see how these two veterans rebound.
And of course we get to see who will be the next ULTIMATE FIGHTER. Most are predicting C.B. Dolloway.