Following three months of reality television, the real fights are about to begin for the finalists of season eight of The Ultimate Fighter. The competitors for Saturday night’s Ultimate Fighter 8 Live Finale on Spike TV weighed in on Friday at The Palms in Las Vegas.
The light heavyweight final features Ryan Bader against Vinicius Magalhaes, as Phillipe Nover and Efrain Escudero square off in the lightweight division. All four finalists made weight without much trouble.
Jason MacDonald and Wilson Gouveia will battle in a middleweight showdown, although Gouveia weighed in at 189 pounds. Anthony Johnson rematches Kevin Burns, and season eight’s bad boy, Junie Browning,
faces Dave Kaplan.
According to UFC.com, for safety reasons, the Nevada State Athletic Commission won’t allow Gouveia to make a second weight cutting attempt. The bout will go on at a catch weight of 189 pounds, and Gouveia will
forfeit 20% of his purse to MacDonald.
The Ultimate Fighter Finale airs on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday night.
Main Card Bouts:
-Phillipe Nover (155) vs. Efrain Escudero (156)
-Ryan Bader (205) vs. Vinicius Magalhaes (205)
-Jason MacDonald (184) vs. Wilson Gouveia (189)
-Kevin Burns (171) vs. Anthony Johnson (171)
-Junie Browning (156) vs. Dave Kaplan (156)
-Krzysztof Soszynski (205) vs. Shane Primm (202)
-Eliot Marshall (203) vs. Jules Bruchez (205)
-George Roop (153) vs. Shane Nelson (156)
-Kyle Kingsbury (205) vs. Tom Lawlor (204)
-John Polakowski (152) vs. Roli Delgado (155)