This weekend UFC fans will not only be treated to the best card of the year in UFC 226 but we will also be given a solid Fight Night card in the form of The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale. The card features ten bouts and will be headlined by a sensational Middleweight matchup between Israel Adesanya and Brad Tavares. These are the top five reasons why you should watch this card.
The End Of An Era
Although the once groundbreaking show has now grown tired and extremely underwhelming, it is bittersweet that this will likely be the second last Ultimate Fighter Finale we will ever see. From a historical standpoint, the end of the show represents the end of an era for the UFC and for that alone, this card is worth watching and appreciating.
Undefeated polish Middleweight Oskar Piechota undoubtedly has the potential to be a future top 15 contender in the Middleweight division. Known for his exceptional Jiu-Jitsu skills, Oskar is a surprisingly well-rounded and dangerous fighter — earning five of his eleven wins by KO/TKO. On this card, Oskar will be given the toughest test of his career when he faces Gerald Meerschaert. Regardless of the outcome of this fight, we will likely be given a more comprehensive view of Piechota’s game and his potential moving forward.
Violent Bob Ross
From this season of The Ultimate Fighter, no fighter stood out to fans as much as Luis Pena. As the owner of the best nickname in the sport, Violent Bob Ross’ personality and fighting ability alike shined on this season of the show. Despite being very early in his career, Pena has shown that he has immense potential that could likely see him compete in the UFC for years to come. It should be a treat to watch him make his UFC debut.
Julian Marquez and Guaranteed Action
From the growing list of outstanding fighters produced by Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contenders Series, few if any are as fan friendly as Julian Marquez. With a 7-1 record — all wins by finish — every time Marquez fights he guarantees one thing: violence. If that seems like something thing that you are interested in, I implore you to watch Julian Marquez fight Alessio Di Chirico in the Co-Main Event this weekend.
The Style Bender Vs Brad Tavares
In the main event, sensational striker Israel Adesanya will face off with one of the Middleweight divisions longest tenured fighters Brad Tavares. This fight, apart from being a phenomenal stylistic matchup, holds some major divisional consequences. After successfully defeating Yoel Romero for the second time, Robert Whittaker is left with only one viable contender in Kelvin Gastelum. If Whittaker is able to successfully defend his belt against Gastelum, he will likely be left without a viable or worthwhile contender to face. If either Israel Adesanya or Brad Tavares is able to earn an impressive victory in this fight, they could vault themselves up in the rankings and potentially into a number one contender’s fight. This is going to be an amazing matchup between two of the best Middleweights in the world and will surely deliver one of the most entertaining fights of the year.