Tomorrow night at the The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada TUF (The Ultimate Fighter) 11 Finale takes place. Last summer the middleweights competed in a contest for a chance at a 6 figure contract in The UFC. Below are the rundowns of each fight and background information on each fighter.
James Mc Sweeney Vs Travis Browne
McSweeney is former TUF alumni participating in The Heavyweights show only a year ago. McSweeney has had one fight in The UFC defeating Darrill Schoonover at the TUF 10 Finale. Overall McSweeney is 4-4 in his MMA career and all 4 of his wins have become of the TKO variety.
Travis Browne has fought in many different companies such as Bellator, Gladiator Challenge, and King of the Cage. His current MMA record sits at 9-0 with 7 coming by knockout. He signed with The UFC in March and this will be his debut fight for the company.
Chris Camozzi Vs James Hammortree
Chris Camozzi had a short stay in the TUF 11 season as he broke his jaw during the filming. He was asked to go home in episode 3 and he is finally back in the octagon after the long layoff. Overall Camozzi is 12-3 all time in his MMA career and his last fight he beat Chad Reiner at King of Champions.
James Hammortree was also part of the TUF 11 cast member as well and is looking to improve his MMA career record to 7-1. Hammortree went to Dana White during the show and asked to be put in a fight against Court McGee due to Nick Ring injuring his ACL However Hammortree lost that fight to Court McGee due to a standing guillotine. Hammortree's last fight was against John Salter in the UEP and he lost to him due to submission.
Kyle Noke Vs Josh Bryant
Kyle Noke is no stranger to the octagon a he has an extensive MMA career. His current record is 16-4-1 and his last fight was against fellow TUF 11 cast member Kyacey Uscola at Top Combat Championship. Noke was a favorite to defeat Kris McCray during the show he eventually lost to him with a unanimous decision.
Josh Bryant also made himself a well known fighter during the show and looks to continue to his winning record in MMA. He currently sits at 10-0 and had a huge win over another favorite Jamie Yager in the quarter-finals. Bryant fought McCray in the semi-finals which was their second time fighting during the show. Bryant lost to McCray in a unanimous decision and McCray moved onto the finals.
Brad Tavares Vs Seth Baczynski
Brad Tavares a native of Hawaii currently sits with a 4-0 record in his MMA career. He is looking to pick up another win against Seth Baczysnki who illegally soccer kicked him in the quarter finals round during the show. Tavares eventually advanced to the semi-final but was submitted with a rear naked choke by Court McGee.
Seth Baczynski made his MMA debut at the Rage of the Cage event against Shane Johnson. During the show Seth wasn't one of the 14 fighters to be picked going into the house but was brought back by the coaches due to an injury to a fighter. Baczynski will be facing Tavares for the second time in the octagon as the last fight finished with a disqualification.
John Gunderson Vs Mark Holst
Gunderson is no stranger to the MMA scene gathering a 22-7 record. His first fight was back in 2002 and has been known as one of the Nevada Lions along with Roy Nelson. He made his appearance in The UFC at UFC 108 with a decision loss to Rafaello Oliveira.
Another fighter making his UFC debut tomorrow will be Mark Holst who has only one loss in 9 fights in his MMA career. At 17 he started training for kickboxing matches and then moved onto getting his black belt in karate. His biggest win in his career being looked at is his submission win over TUF 5 veteran Corey Hill.
Jamie Yager Vs Rich Attonito
Yager throughout the show was one of the favorites to possibly win the entire thing and capture that contract. However, in the quarter-finals he didn't answer the bell in the 3rd round and the win was awarded to Josh Bryant. His current MMA record stands at 2-1 with his only loss coming from a DQ due to an illegal head kick. Yager was depicted at as the "bad guy" during the show but other fighters have said that it wasn't true.
Rich Attonito also is not a stranger to the sport as he has compiled a 7-3 record. During the taping of TUF 11 Attonito broke his hand during his fight against Kyacey Uscola and lost his spot to Court McGee. Rich is fully healed up and is looking to capitalize on his fight against Yager.
Spencer Fisher Vs Dennis Siver
Fisher has been a part of The UFC since Ultimate Fight Night 2 where he picked up a win over current Welterweight Champion Thiago Alves. He has been through many fights in his career and looks to add another win to his belt.
Siver is also a well known name through The UFC as he is currently 15-7 all time in his MMA career. Siver last fought only 3 months ago with a decision loss to Ross Pearson.
Chris Leben Vs Aaron Simpson
Another alumnus of the Ultimate Fighter show Leben has been very outspoken not only during him time on the show but during his fights as well. Leben has very good knockout power and with 10 of those 19 wins coming with the KO. His last 3 fights in The UFC he has compiled a 1-2 record with his win coming the way of decision.
Another undefeated streak is on the line as Aaron Simpson carries a 7-0 record into this fight. Simpson was one of the fighters that were transferred from the WEC to The UFC in 2008. His most recent fight was against Tom Lawler who he picked up a split decision win against.
Matt Hamill Vs Keith Jardine
Matt "The Hammer" Hamill has carried himself very well in his the MMA scene so far. He currently carries a 9-2 record with 6 of those wins in way of the knockout variety. Before his MMA career Hamill won the Gold Medal in the 2001 Freestyle Wrestling Deaflympics. His last fight was against Jon Jones who he ironically defeated in Vegas due to disqualification of illegal elbows.
The Dean of Mean currently rides a 3 fight losing streak and this fight could be the one that makes the decision of whether he is resigned to another contact. Many have had concerns of his chin and how good it is on taking punches. His last two fights were to punches and he has said he has improved his overall MMA training for this fight.
Court McGee Vs Kris McCray
Court McGee can really write a book about his life and if he picks up a win tomorrow I'm sure it would be an included chapter. Court was declared legally dead but was revived and began taking up MMA. After putting all the alcohol and drugs aside he focused hard on his training and that got him to TUF11 and ultimately the finale. Court has said he is there to do his business and nothing more and avoids any conflicts possible. Court is not the favorite to win this fight (according to Vegas odds) but as he has said he will continue to follow his dream to fight.
"The Savage" Kris McCray has battled his way through the TUF 11 house and as Dana White said he fought every week during the show's taping. That would make him the only one to do that since the shows existence. McCray brings a professional record of 5-0 into this fight and 3 of his 5 wins have been of the rear naked choke variety. McCray has shown he has the mental strength to fight during the show and hopefully he puts in another great fight tomorrow in Las Vegas.
So TUF 11 Finale has been broken down fight by fight for everybody that is a fan of the show or a fan of fights. Either way this card has very good potential to be one of the best in the year and some of the undercard fights look great as well. Spike TV is carrying this live card from Las Vegas and it starts at 9 ET/8 CT.