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 Saturday, Dec. 5 at 9:00 PM ET, the co-features announced Wednesday include a light heavyweight bout between Jon Jones and Matt Hamill and a lightweight matchup pitting Frankie Edgar against Kurt Pellegrino.
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, NY, resident has a perfect 9-0 professional record, with his last three victories coming inside the UFC Octagon, the most notable of which was a unanimous decision over Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94 in January.
Hamill (8-2) gained national attention as a standout performer on season three of The Ultimate Fighter. The three-time NCAA wrestling champion with a devastating ground game has won his last two 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, NJ, product must defeat fellow New Jersey resident Kurt Pellegrino.
The pride of Point Pleasant, NJ, Pellegrino (20-4) is coming off the biggest win of his career, a three-round decision victory over Josh Neer at UFC 101 in August. His third consecutive win in the Octagon put him in the upper echelon of the 155-pound division, and a victory against Edgar would move him ever-closer to a title shot.