[ads1]The TUF 17 Finale will take place on Saturday night from Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will be headlined by the bantamweight scrap between Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen. This event will also feature the second women’s MMA bout in UFC history when former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate takes on newcomer Cat Zingano. It’s a pretty solid card, so let’s get down to the three biggest questions going into the bout.
Will Miesha Tate take out Cat Zingano and then coach opposite of Ronda Rousey on the next season of “The Ultimate Fighter”?
Come on. Besides a Ronda Rousey/Cyborg Santos fight, the only other interesting fight out there for Rousey is a rematch with Miesha Tate. The two have bad blood and it was very competitive the first time they fought until the inevitable armbar finish from Rousey. Zingano is a fine fighter in her own right, but she doesn’t have the history or name recognition that Tate does at this point. Now, beating Tate on Saturday night would certainly open some eyes and help her cause in that department. However, I think most people would like to see Tate win and then coach opposite of Rousey on the next season of TUF. You’d have a legit grudge between the coaches, women and men in the house at the same time, and pretty much guaranteed good ratings.
Will Travis Browne be able to get past Gabriel Gonzaga and rebound from a loss that hurt his stock a little?
Browne is coming off the TKO loss at the hands of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and really needs a win over Gonzaga to right the ship. A loss to someone like Gonzaga, although a former title contender, would not be good for Browne moving forward. However, Gonzaga has won three consecutive fights and still a dangerous fighter especially on the ground with his submission skills. The loss for Browne to Silva doesn’t look THAT bad in retrospect with Silva knocking out Alistair Overeem in his last fight. A win for Browne would put him back in the mix and provide an opportunity to fighter a higher ranked heavyweight later this year.
Will Urijah Faber continue to be the ultimate gatekeeper and take out Scott Jorgensen?
Urijah Faber has been one of the best featherweight/bantamweight fighters in the world for a very long time. However, he has beaten every opponent thrown his way over the past few years EXCEPT when the guy on the other side of the cage has a belt around his waist. So he’s the ultimate gatekeeper. He can beat anyone out there trying to come up in the ranks, but has always fallen short in the championship fights of late. Scott Jorgensen isn’t a champion, but has contended for a championship belt in the past. Both fighters are coming off submission victories in their last fights, and both are always exciting to watch in action. A win for Jorgensen may indicate that age is starting to catch up to Faber who will be 34 years old in a couple of months. A win for Faber means he’s still the ultimate gate keeper at this point.
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