The UFC is running Ultimate Fighter finales on consecutive nights in December. On the 14th (15th in Australia) is UFC on FX 6, which doubles as the "TUF: The Smashes" finale, and on the 15th is the US-based TUF finale in Las Vegas. Yesterday it was confirmed that a welterweight matchup between Mike Pyle and James Head would take place on the TUF 16 Finale card in Las Vegas. Pyle confirmed the news on Twitter:
I'll be fighting James head in Vegas dec 15 !!!— Mike Pyle (@Mike_Pyle) September 24, 2012
Pyle (23-8-1 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is a rugged veteran of the sport, with a career that spans 13 years -- his debut was against Quinton Jackson -- and has won his last two fights. For a man not known for KO ability, he stunned the MMA world by knocking out iron-chinned Josh Neer at UFC on FX 3 in June. Earlier this January, he easily finished Ricardo Funch in Brazil with strikes. His career KO/TKO total has doubled from 2 to 4 in 2012 and has won 5 of his last 6, with his only defeat coming at the accurate fists of Rory MacDonald.
Head (9-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has found a new home at welterweight after 9 fights at middleweight. He got into the UFC following a win over former UFC middleweight Gerald Harris, but his debut was a submission loss to Nick Ring. He dropped to 170 lbs following his defeat, and has gone 2-0 in 2012. In April, he choked out Papy Abedi at UFC on FUEL 2 and pulled off an upset win over Brian Ebersole at UFC 149.