- UFC ANNOUNCES TUF FINALE: DIEGO VS DIAZ

October 21, 2005
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Press Release
DIEGO SANCHEZ READY TO BATTLE NICK DIAZ
AS MAIN EVENT FOR UFC® AND SPIKE TV’S
THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER™ SEASON 2 FINALE
LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS SATURDAY, NOV. 5

Card Also Features The Ultimate Fighter Season 1 Star Kenny Florian
vs Four-Time World Muay Thai Champion Kit Cope

Las Vegas, NV (Oct. 21, 2005) –When the bell rings for Diego “The Nightmare” Sanchez Saturday, Nov. 5, he vows to show Nick Diaz that he is a legitimate fighter and that his perfect 15-0 MMA record is as real as it gets. Diaz, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt training under Cesar Gracie, recently criticized Sanchez for being a TV star who has never fought any tough opponents. Sanchez is ready to take the battle against Diaz inside the Octagon™ as the featured main event for UFC® and Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter™ Season 2 Finale live in Las Vegas from the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005. Doors open at 3:30pm PT and the undercard action starts at 4:15pm PT.

The Ultimate Fighter Season 2 Finale will also telecast live nationally on Spike TV starting at 9:00pm ET/PT.

Sanchez (15-0) 5’11″/170 lbs., fighting out of Albuquerque, NM, is a Gaidojutsu black belt who is known for his grappling and his aggressive style. He fought four extremely tough fighters, Alex Karalexis, Josh Rafferty, Josh Koscheck, and Kenny Florian, to become the first-ever middleweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter. He also submitted dangerous striker Brian Gassaway at UFC 54 (8/20/05) at 1:56 of the second round.

Diaz (11-3-0) 6’0″/170 lbs., fighting out of Stockton, CA, made a big impression in the UFC with a submission win over Jeremy Jackson and a knockout win over “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler. He also scored impressive first round TKOs of Drew Fickett and Pancrase fighter Koji Oishi. With a combination of excellent Jiu-Jitsu skills and potent striking, Diaz is considered to be one of the welterweight division’s fastest rising stars.

As a special attraction, The Ultimate Fighter Season 2 Finale also includes an exciting matchup between The Ultimate Fighter Season 1 star Kenny “KenFlo” Florian and four-time professional Muay Thai World Champion Kit “Havoc” Cope.

Florian (5-2) 5’10″/170 lbs., fighting out of Boston, MA, is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who has won many grappling championships. He has also shown dangerous striking skills, including elbows, which he used to score stoppage wins over Chris Leben and Alex Karalexis in fights during The Ultimate Fighter Season 1.

Cope (2-2) 6’0″/170 lbs., fighting out of Las Vegas, NV, is a four-time professional Muay Thai World Champion and a Muay Thai World Bare Knuckle Champion. Having established himself as a world class kickboxer, Cope is out to defeat Florian and prove that he can also be a top level UFC competitor.

The Ultimate Fighter Season 2 Finale will also feature the fights between the heavyweight and middleweight finalists of the hit reality series, currently airing on Spike TV Mondays at 11:00pm ET/PT. The winners of each weight division will be awarded a six-figure contract with The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization.

More fighters and bouts, including the middleweight and heavyweight finalists for The Ultimate Fighter Season 2, will be announced in the near future.

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