Press Release courtesy of Spike TV
The live finale of “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” on Spike TV will include two bouts showcasing four of the UFC’s rising stars. Emanating from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on Dec. 5 at 9:00 PM ET, the co-features announced Monday include a light heavyweight bout between Jon Jones and Matt Hamill and a lightweight matchup pitting Frankie Edgar against Matt Veach.
Despite being one of the youngest fighters in the UFC, the 22-year-old Jones has emerged as one of the fastest rising talents in the sport of mixed martial arts. The Endicott, N.Y., resident has a perfect 9-0 professional record, his last three victories coming inside the UFC Octagon, most notable of which was a unanimous decision against Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94 in January.
Hamill (10-2) gained national attention as a standout performer in season three of “The Ultimate Fighter.” The three-time NCAA wrestling champion with a devastating ground game has won his last three bouts in the UFC, including a knockout of Mark Munoz in the first round of their contest at UFC 96 in March. This light heavyweight bout will also be a battle for bragging rights in upstate New York, as Hamill trains in Utica.
Coming off an impressive victory over Sean Sherk at UFC 98 in May, Edgar (10-1) now ranks amongst the top 155-pound fighters in the UFC. To continue his quest for BJ Penn’s lightweight crown, the Toms River, N.J., product must defeat one of the division’s most promising athletes, Matt Veach.
A product of Matt Hughes’ HIT Squad, Matt Veach (11-0) is undefeated in his mixed martial arts career, and enters the fight coming off of a first round TKO win against Matt Grice in his UFC debut. A win against Edgar would put the rest of the 155-pound division on notice, and move the St. Louis, Mo., native into the upper echelon of lightweights in the UFC.
Other bouts, including the finals of “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights,” will be announced at a later date. The two finalists will be competing for a six-figure contract with the preeminent mixed martial arts organization in the world, The Ultimate Fighting Championship.