Fans excited for a competitive grappling matchup at the TUF 18 finale are going to be disappointed. Streaking TUF Brazil 1 fighter, Sergio Moraes, had been scheduled to face off against Zak Cummings, fresh off a strong submission win over Ben Alloway in August. MMAjunkie reports, however, that Cummings has bowed out with an undisclosed injury. In his place will be
psychic detective Shawn Spencer UFC fighter Sean Spencer.
Spencer is fresh of a split decision victory over Yuri Villefort at UFC Fight Night 28. The win marked a return to Welterweight for the young prospect, who lost to Rafael Natal in his UFC debut. Training out of the small Octagon MMA fight camp, Spencer is a box-first fighter by skill. He's been adding some kicks and take down defense to his arsenal during his brief UFC tenure, but is still a fairly unpolished product.
Conversely, Sergio Moraes has looked great after dropping a unanimous decision to Cezar Ferreira and making the cut to welterweight. He may never be a great striker, but he throws hard and with the intention of getting his opponent in close where he can drag them to the ground. There he's been something of a grapple monster using his spidery frame to wrap up opponents with shocking efficiency. It would have been nice to see him tested against Cummings' grinding wrestling and decent Jiu Jitsu, instead, I fear he'll make short work of Spencer.
The TUF 18 finale takes place on November 30th in Las Vegas Nevada. No word yet if Spencer will be arriving to the fight via Blueberry.
Here's a look at the card so far:
Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez (flyweight title fight)
Men's tournament final
Women's tournament final
Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard
Walter Harris vs. Jared Rosholt
Maximo Blanco vs. Akira Corassani
Tom Niinimaki vs. Rani Yahya
Sergio Moraes vs. Sean Spencer
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