The UFC's second show of the weekend takes place Saturday night with the Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale live on FX. The card features a Roy Nelson vs. Matt Mitrione main event, plus 4 additional fights, including the finals of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson. In this fight card primer, we look at the main card fights. Be sure to check back later for Nelson vs. Mitrione. The UFC TUF 16 Finale main card airs live on FX this Saturday night, December 15, starting at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.
This is the finals for the season with Team Carwin's Ricci vs. Team Nelson's Smith. All season, Ricci has been one of the focal points of the show, with his quiet demeanor and professionalism. He's a Canadian fighter out of Tristar who is well rounded, and earned a great KO to make the finals. Smith is a wrestler who controlled his opponents en route to the finals. This is a big step up for the Army Ranger, as he has never competed on anything close to this level.
Dustin Poirier is a WEC veteran who was probably one win away from a title shot earlier this year when he was stopped by Chan Sung Jung in one of the best fights of 2012. This is his first fight since that loss. Before facing The Korean Zombie, Poirier was on a hot streak, with some seriously impressive stoppage wins. Brookins won season 12 of TUF, but has been largely inactive since that win, going just 1-2 in the two years since winning the show. He has experience against a lot of tough fighters, including Jose Aldo in the WEC, but is still looking for the kind of big win that will move him up the ladder. His last fight was a submission loss to Charles Oliveira.
review content from Bloody Elbow: