This Weekend: TUF 18 Season Finale!

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The upcoming UFC card marks the first time 3 women’s matches are featured on the same UFC event.

This weekend’s UFC action centers around the Finale of season 18 of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’, one of the more non-descript cards on the UFC calendar.  The main event features a rematch between Gray Maynard and Nick Diaz, and the finals of The Ultimate Fighter reality competition.  For purposes of history, this card also marks the first time that the UFC has put together a card with three matches in the female bantamweight class.  Kudos.

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The two final matches for the 18th season features Jessica Razkosky vs Julianna Pena.  Pena sits at a (-250) favorite, with Razkosky returning (+190).  Due to the imposing presence of Ronda Rousey and Meisha Tate, it should be noted that the skill level of the women was very high, and both of these women will be seen on the UFC roster for a long time to come.  Should they pull off a fight on par with sometihng like Stephan Bonnar vs Forrest Griffin, they will both go down in UFC history.

The same really cant be said for the male counterparts, Chris Holdsworth and Davey Grant.  Holdsworth sits as a favorite at (-205) with the comeback at (+165) for Grant.  Recent TUF alum have not made it to the upper echelon of the UFC roster, and nothing in either’s performance on the show suggests anything special.

The card features two other female bouts featuring alum of the series as Roxanne Modaferri (+205) is an underdog against  Raquel Pennington (-280).  The second female undercard bout sees Jessamyn Duke (-210) favored over Peggy Morgan (+160).

What passes for name recognition on the card sees UFC veterans Maximo Blanco and Rani Yahrya slight favorites in their matches with Akira Corrisani and Tom Niinimaki, respectively.

The card is on free TV and worth watching, as many times a card without real name recognition that features so many fighters making their UFC debuts becomes a showcase for fighters who are fighting to stay with the company.

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