- TUF 17 Finale
Faber v Jorgensen & Hall v Gastelum get green light
Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen will put their longtime friendship on hold on Saturday at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.
Each fighter successfully made weight at the official UFC weigh-in on Friday. The bantamweight bout is set to headline the TUF Finale, which takes place at The Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Faber (27-6) weighed in at 136lbs. Jorgensen (16-6) came in at 135.5. The two have been friends for more than 10 years. Jorgensen even credits his upcoming opponent for getting him into mixed martial arts and admits his son is a Faber fan.
None of that, however, will matter come Saturday.
"We're friends," Jorgensen said. "On Saturday, that ends and we'll go in there and battle for 25 minutes. Then we'll go to our after-parties together, and it all goes back to the way it was before."
TUF finalist Uriah Hall enters his middleweight bout against Kelvin Gastelum as arguably the most hyped prospect in the reality show's history. UFC president Dana White told ESPN.com he hasn't seen anything like this since the show's very first season.
"[Saturday] is the most talked about, anticipated UFC debut from The Ultimate Fighter since Forrest Griffin," White said.
Hall (7-2) weighed in at 185lbs. Gastelum came in at the 186lb limit.
All but one of the 24 fighters set to compete at the TUF Finale made weight. Featherweight Maximo Blanco came in one pound heavy for his undercard bout against Sam Sicilia. He was given an extra hour to cut the weight.
In the second female fight in UFC history, former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate faces Cat Zingano. The winner will coach against UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in the next season of TUF. Tate (13-3) came in at 135.5lbs. Zingano weighed 136.