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Sims and Thomas to fight in sanctioned bout

Spike TV has announced that Marlon Sims and Noah Thomas will fight each other in the televised opening of the live season finale for the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter on June 23. Jens Pulver is scheduled to fight B.J. Penn in the card’s main event. 

Sims and Thomas were both booted from the show during last week’s episode following a “street fight” between the two that took place in the backyard of the TUF house.  I think this decision is a bit hypocritical considering how UFC president Dana White was so vocally opposed to the two fighting in a non-sanctioned situation. However, a lot of interest in the two had built up over last week’s airing and if the UFC didn’t arrange for the two to fight, another promotion eventually would have. 

Also, Alan “Monsta Lobsta” Beruboe, who was also kicked out the show for being an instigator in the fight between Thomas and Sims, will be fighting on the non-televised portion of the undercard. Berubie made the announcement on last Friday’s edition of “The Bubba the Love Sponge Show” on Sirius Satellite Radio. 

So far, the only person to be completely released from the show by Zuffa has been Gabe Rudieger. Rudieger could end up fighting on this weekend’s K-1 Dynamite card in Los Angeles as an injury replacement.

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