Pena vs. Rakoczy, Modafferi vs. Pennington complete TUF 18 Finale


In a highly unusual move, mandated by the unique format of The Ultimate Fighter, the complete 10-fight card was not announced until just days before The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale. The TUF 18 Finale takes place Saturday, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In a first, the number of women fights outnumber the male fights in the main event. This is entirely appropriate, as the female fights proved to be significantly more popular this season that did the male fights.

In another unusual occurence, the majority of the women fighters have come back resoundingly from losing streaks.

Julianna Pena entered the fighters house on a two fight losing streak, but tapped both Shayna Baszler and Sarah Moras to reach the finals. Her opponent in the finals, Jessica Rakoczy, went 0-3 in MMA before getting her first win, but beat both Roxanne Madafferi and Raquel Pennington to reach the finals. Pennington was 0-2 her last two fights going into the TUF house. Modafferi won to get into the fighter's house, but lost to finalist Rokoczy during the season; she is looking to snap a five-fight losing streak. Modafferi's UFC debut Saturday night is the culmination of a decade long dream to fight in the world's dominany league.

TUF 18 Finale
Saturday, Nov 30

Main Card (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET)
Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard
Julianna Pena vs. Jessica Rakozczy, for the women’s Ultimate Fighter of the 18th season
Davey Grant vs. Chris Holdsworth, or the men’s Ultimate Fighter of the 18th season
Jessamyn Duke vs. Peggy Morgan
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Raquel Pennington

Prelim Card (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Maximo Blanco vs. Akira Corassani
Tom Niinimaki vs. Rani Yahya
Walter Harris vs. Jared Rosholt
Drew Dober vs. Sean Spencer

Prelim Card (Live streams on the UG 7:30 p.m. ET)
Ryan Benoit vs. Joshua Sampo


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PrettyBoy site profile image  

11/28/13 1:59 PM by PrettyBoy


FenixTX site profile image  

11/28/13 1:47 PM by FenixTX

They only open the bottom bowl portion of the arena. The top portion isn't sold. I would imagine if they sell all the tickets there would be around 5,000 in attendance.

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11/28/13 1:30 PM by RampageFitsLikeAGlove

I can't believe that card in being held at Mandalay Bay.  Any TUF finale or Fight Night I've been to was held in small venues at Hard Rock or Palms with only 2-3K people.  Anyone know what ticket sales were like?  I imagine horrible?

BRZ site profile image  

11/28/13 12:55 PM by BRZ

No men except the finalist. This was pretty much a women's TUF this season. They are mostly only interviewing Julie and Jessica too. Not sure why they even bother with the men this season?

PrettyBoy site profile image  

11/28/13 11:42 AM by PrettyBoy

Still no Beal?

Vader03 site profile image  

11/28/13 10:27 AM by Vader03

Love these threads op!!! Thanks vtfu

Malvert the Janitor site profile image  

11/28/13 10:23 AM by Malvert the Janitor

Gotcha. Thanks.