In the main event at UFC The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale live on FX, former WEC champion Urijah Faber (27-6 MMA; 3-2 UFC) faces Scott Jorgensen (14-6 MMA; 3-2 UFC). This 5 round Bantamweight fight headlines the 5 fight main card on FX. The official UFC rankings currently have Faber ranked as the #2 Bantamweight with Jorgensen at #7. The Ultimate Fighter 17 Live Finale airs live from Las Vegas this Saturday, April 13, on FX with the main card starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
This is a battle of two WEC veterans, and honestly, it's a bit of a surprise that they have never met before. Both men have been at the very top of the Bantamweight ranks for some time. Both are former #1 contenders. Yet neither man has been able to take home gold in the 135 pound division. Neither man seems too likely to receive another shot soon, and a loss here will be a severe setback for one.
How do these two stack up?
Faber: 33 years old | 5'6" | 69" reach
Jorgensen: 30 years old | 5'4" | 66" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
"The California Kid" Urijah Faber was the WEC's biggest star and the long reigning Featherweight champion. Since losing that belt to Mike Brown in 2008, he's been stuck in limbo. He's had 10 fights since that title loss. In those fights, he has won every single non-title fight, lost every single title fight, first at Featherweight, now at Bantamweight. He's in the unenviable Rich Franklin position, where he can beat essentially every single fighter in the division except the champion. At some point, you have to wonder how much longer he can stay in this limbo as a UFC fighter.
Scott Jorgensen made a quick rise up the ranks, challenging Dominick Cruz for the WEC Bantamweight title just 4 years into his career. A talented wrestler, Jorgensen added heavy hands and nasty submissions to his game over the years. He started his UFC career off right, with two wins in 2011, but dropped his next two. A loss to Barao was understandable, but his KO loss to Eddie Wineland was a surprise. He's since rebounded, but really needs more momentum here as he has not defeated a true top 10 opponent since Brad Pickett nearly 3 years ago.
Why should you care?
WEC never die! Plus, while it may not have an immediate impact on the title scene, it's two top 10 fighters meeting in what should be a good fight.