by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
The finale for the “Ultimate Fighter” season 11 is now set with Kris McCray and Court McGee facing off in a middleweight showdown to determine this season’s champion, Saturda night June 19.
McCray made his way to the finale by going through a total of five fights, the most ever by a contestant on the reality show, and defeated Josh Bryant in the semifinals to get to the bout on Saturday night.
His opponent, Court McGee, was also an underdog on the show and not picked as a heavy favorite going in, but impressed UFC president Dana White time and time again, showing off his work ethic and continuing to grow through each fight.
McCray and McGee will also be the first an “Ultimate Fighter” finale is determined by two fighters who actually lost bouts on the show. McCray dropped a decision to Josh Bryant early on, but was brought back for the newly formatted “wildcard” just instituted this season and he definitely made the most of it. McCray when on to defeat teammate Kyacey Uscola by submission, and then going on to pick up two more wins to make it to the finale.
Court McGee lost a close decision to Nick Ring in his first round match-up, but also got back into the competition when injury wiped out a few fighters from the show, and won his next few fights to also make it into the finale to face McCray.
Also on the card will be several fighters from the “Ultimate Fighter” season 11 including resident bad boy Jamie Yager taking on American Top Team fighter Rich Attonito.
Brad Tavares came up short in his semifinal bid to make it to the championship match, but will get a chance to finish his earlier fight against Seth Baczynski when the two face off on June 19. Their first fight ended in a disqualification for Baczynski when he threw a kick that cracked Tavares square in the jaw, knocking him out. The only problem was Tavares was still down on the ground, and of course it was deemed an illegal strike and when Tavares couldn’t continue the fight was stopped.
James Hammortree from Team Tito Ortiz/Rich Franklin will also get another shot in the Octagon when he faces Chris Camozzi, who returns after having to leave the show just after making his way into the house when it was revealed he had a broken jaw and could not continue.
Kyle Noke, who was an early favorite to win the show, will return to action as well to face Josh Bryant on the finale show.
The “Ultimate Fighter” season 11 finale show will take place at the Palms in Las Vegas on Saturday night June 19, and will also air on Spike TV starting at 9pm EST.