Originally posted on Moai Martial Arts:
Free Fights Galore!
After being treated to a heck of a card last Saturday (I am still crying over BJ Penn’s loss…) the UFC is turning around and putting together, not one, but two free cards this weekend on two separate continents. In addition to the two Zuffa promoted cards, Bellator has two tournament final tilts taking place Friday night on MTV2. We kick off the weekend with UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson, which is serving as the finale for The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes which pitted UK fighters, coached by Ross Pearson, against an Aussie team coached by George Sotiropolous. According to interweb buzz, this foreign iteration of TUF has been highly entertaining and the fights have been solid week in and week out. Competing with the Friday FX card will be Bellator 84 that features the Heavyweight and lightweight tournament finals. We also get to see Felice Herrig on the televised portion of the card, which doesn’t suck…
After the foreign TUF finale card on Friday, Dana White and co. jet set back the US and reassemble for the TUF 16 finale in Vegas on Saturday evening. With only one fight booked containing contestants from the sixteenth(!) season of TUF, you can assume that the quality of this season of the tiring reality show really left something to be desired. With fights like Melvin Guillard v. Jamie Varner and Pat Barry v. Shane Del Rosario booked under the Main Event of Roy Nelson v. Matt Mitrione, this event looks like it will take the cake for the best of the weekend.